Haarlem City of Culture

As Haarlem celebrates the anniversaries of two of its major theatres, the city rolls out a celebration of arts and culture, with a fantastic schedule of performances and special exhibitions. Haarlem City of Culture takes place from September 2018 to February 2019 at theatres, museums, concert halls and galleries throughout the city.

How to spend four hours in Haarlem

We’ve compiled some of the best activities and sights that you can experience in just a few hours (and inspire you to stay a little longer next time!)

10 highlights of Haarlem City of Culture

With two of Haarlem’s leading theatres celebrating big anniversaries this year, autumn 2018 is the perfect season to kick off a series of events celebrating the city’s cultural prowess.

Your guide to 10 hours in Haarlem

Haarlem summer shopping Hans Guldemond
Less than 20 minutes from Amsterdam, the city offers renowned cultural venues, Golden Age art, historic sights and some of the best shopping in the Netherlands.

A day with Frans Hals

Get to know Haarlem through the eyes of Frans Hals, one of its most famous 16th-century painters, on this overnight itinerary that includes culture, art, beer, burgers and even ice cream.

10 masterpieces to see during Haarlem's City of Culture celebrations

Teylers Museum Amsterdam Kees Hageman
Haarlem’s City of Culture celebrations also offer visitors the chance to catch special shows and events where you can admire artists and their works as you’ve never seen them before – including Leonardo da Vinci, Van Gogh and Manet.

Behind the exhibitions

More Haarlem culture

Teylers Museum

Spaarne 16
One of the oldest museums in the country, the Teylers Museum invites visitors to delve into the wonderful worlds of art and scienc...

Frans Hals Museum - Hof

Groot Heiligland 62
The Frans Hals Museum and De Hallen Haarlem have come together to form the renewed Frans Hals Museum as of 30 March 2018: one muse...