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Exterior of the Frans Hals Museum, Location HAL.

A day out in Haarlem

Haarlem is known for its a historic city centre, various museums, culinary quality, cozy terraces, shops and the beach is but a stone’s throw away.

Visit frans hals museum

You can’t skip the Frans Hals Museum, the art museum in Haarlem, when you visit our city even if you are only coming for a day. Discover 16th- and 17th-century art and modern and contemporary art in our monumental buildings in the historic citycenter. The museum has the largest collection of Frans Hals paintings in the world.

Exterior of the Frans Hals Museum.
Brownie and coffee at Cleeff Frans Hals museum café.

Recharge your batteries at the cleeff frans hals museum café

Enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and a home-made lunch or piece of cake at Cleeff Frans Hals. Sit inside or outside on our courtyard terrace. Or pick up a delicious coffee to go!

Go on the frans hals podwalk

Dive deeper into the world of Frans Hals after visiting the museum. Frans Hals once walked these streets. Where did he live? Where did he work? Who were his patrons? What was his life like in Haarlem?

Visitors at the Frans Hals Museum walking with a Podwalk map.
Exterior of the Frans Hals Museum, Location HAL.

Grote kerk (st.-bavokerk) church

Grote Markt square is the beating heart of Haarlem. Grote Kerk church, also known as St.-Bavokerk, has dominated the skyline for centuries. The silver tones of its carillon still ring out over the city. This is where Frans Hals lies buried. He died in 1666 at over 80 years old. The people of Haarlem honoured their master painter by burying him at this prominent church.

The golden streets

The Golden streets are near Grote Markt, the central square in the very heart of Haarlem. Every one of these streets is special. You can follow a walking route through these streets to make sure you discover them all. Try the Vintage route and the Sustainable route! Go to the VVV tourist office to pick up information on the routes or download them here.

Exterior of the Frans Hals Museum.
Visitors walking down the street on their way to the Frans Hals Museum.

Spaarne river cruise

View Haarlem from Spaarne river to add a new dimension to your visit. The city will look completely different. Glide past historical buildings on waterways to find out more about the history and sights of Haarlem.


Groot Heiligland 62, Haarlem

Open Tuesday – Sunday
11 AM – 5 PM


Grote Markt 16, Haarlem

Temporary modern and contemporary art exhibition

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