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Museum Martena

Voorstraat 35, 8801 LA Franeker, The Netherlands
+31 517 392 192
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a small, charming historic museum in 15th century Martena-stins dating from 1498

The Martena-stins dating from 1498 is a charming Medieval fortified house dating back to the 15th... read more

Reviewed 7 October 2017
bas k
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Friesian art and history with special focus on a 17th century feminist forerunner: Anna Maria van Schurman.

Beautifully restored 16th century building in Franeker, a former cultural hotspot in the Dutch... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2017
Roelof M
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In Franeker staat een uniek stadskasteel uit 1500 waar Museum Martena is gevestigd. Franeker heeft een roemrucht verleden als Frieslands enige universiteitsstad, in de academiezaal staan we hier uitgebreid bij stil. Anna Maria van Schurman, de slimste vrouw uit de 17de eeuw, heeft een eigen zaal. We vertellen over de geschiedenis van het kasteel op de bel-etage. De prachtig ingerichte kamers ademen de sfeer van eeuwen geleden. In de tijdelijke tentoonstellingen besteden we regelmatig aandacht aan moderne kunst uit Friesland. Kortom, een verrassend museum: historisch en hedendaags.
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  • Average27%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Voorstraat 35, 8801 LA Franeker, The Netherlands
+31 517 392 192

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Reviewed 7 October 2017

The Martena-stins dating from 1498 is a charming Medieval fortified house dating back to the 15th century. The garden;Martena-tuin is free to visit and a lovely place to rest after admiring the historical collections. Franeker was the former university town of Friesland(1585-1811) and the museum...More

Thank bas k
ManonBorst, directeur at Museum Martena, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write something about our museum! We appreciate your positive feed back.

Reviewed 18 August 2017

Beautifully restored 16th century building in Franeker, a former cultural hotspot in the Dutch province of Friesland.

Thank Roelof M
Reviewed 1 June 2017

The museum is housed in a former stins, or fortified small city castle build in the 1500´s. The museum shows several nice portraits of early former inhabitants or related people. It also houses an old porcelain collection, a reconstruction of the "academiekamer" of the university...More

Thank Katrien S
Reviewed 1 December 2015

This museum is the place to learn about the former university of Franeker, attended by René Descartes, among others. There is an interesting exhibition about Anna Maria van Schurman, one of the first female students at a university, and mastering 11 or 12 different languages....More

Reviewed 8 February 2015

Although we visited for the exhibition on display (paintings of Frysian children from the past), the building itself turned out to be even more of a surprise! Located in an old city castle, you don't need more than an hour to see it all, but...More

2  Thank MaartenDeGroot
Reviewed 21 July 2014

Part of the museum is a historic house and the story behind it. The rest of the space is used to show local artists' work . The ladies who run the place are very friendly and can give good tips on what to visit in...More

3  Thank CLEWERT S
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