Leeuwarden bursts with interesting museums, which put on some of the most extraordinary and wide-ranging exhibitions around. Here, old and new meet in perfect harmony. The historic heart of Leeuwarden is packed full of beautiful monuments, whilst the new Fries Museum is the pride of the city, and sits at the foot of the Wilhelminaplein. Museums in Leeuwarden provide for almost everything: the Keramiekmuseum Princessehof is also known as the 'Rijksmuseum of the North', the Fries Museum runs one well-received exhibition after another, and the Natuurmuseum Fryslân is always great fun to visit!

The Fries Museum



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Keramiekmuseum Princessehof

Keramiekmuseum Princessehof

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Frisian Nature Museum

Boomsma Distilleerderij Museum

Boomsma Distilleerderij Museum

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Boomsma Distilleerderij Museum

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Excellent exhibitions - wow!

Fries Verzetsmuseum

This is a museum within a museum, namely within the Fries Museum. In any case, the Fries Verzetmuseum (Frisian Resistance Museum) its own whole museum, with their own collection. Here, you'll find stories told by Frisians in the time of World War II: about their lives, their choices, and their struggle against oppression. You'll learn about their heroic actions, such as the raid on the custodial house. With help from objects and documentaries, the stories will become tangible. 

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In the Natuurmuseum Fryslân, you can go on an extraordinary safari. The OnderWaterSafari is a smashing attraction, where you can duck under the water, whilst keeping your feet dry. Take a journey through freshwater channels, and the salt-water ecosystem of the World Heritage Site the Wadden Sea. On the way, you'll see the Big Five of the Dutch under-water world: the beaver, the otter, the catfish; the seal, and the porpoise. Step in and see for yourself!

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We Vikings

Wij Vikingen takes you by the hand to the time of significant numbers of Viking incursions into Frisia. In this exhibition, held by the Fries Museum, you'll discover how families were torn-apart by kidnapping, houses burned to the ground, and villages sacked. The North Sea was, at that time, the autobahn of Europe, and you can sea a real Viking ship (of around 15 Metres) up-close, before discovering just how much in common you have with the pirates of the North Sea.

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Sunken Treasures

In this exhibition by the Keramiekmuseum Princessehof, you'll be able to discover the secrets of the Maritime Silk Route. The exhibition shows ceramics and other objects that were found on board eight shipwrecks from the ninth to the nineteenth century. The ceramic treasures tell fascinating stories about the Maritime Silk Route in Asia, from treasure hunters and smugglers, to trade and struggles on the high seas.

Discover Sunken Treasures

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