History of the north

As the main keeper of Friesland’s material heritage, the Fries Museum is recognised internationally for key exhibits such as spectacular treasures excavated from ancient Frisian mounds, 17th- and 18th-century Frisian silverware and works by the 19th-century painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema, who was born near Leeuwarden. Also housed in the museum is the Hindelooper Room, which became an international icon of northern European identity at Paris’s Great Exhibition of 1878, as well as items highlighting the legacy of Mata Hari, who was born in Leeuwarden. 

Art and culture

Museum visitors can admire paintings by Old Masters and 20th-century Frisian artists such as Gerrit Benner, plus Dutch and international contemporary art and design. Through these objects, the Fries Museum tells stories about Friesland’s eleven cities and the countryside, the love-hate relationship that Frisians have with water, and the quest to define Frisian culture and Friesland’s position in the world. For more information and tickets visit the website.