Frans Hals Museum
Off Grote Houtstraat to the southwest of Grote Markt stands the Proveniershuis, the former headquarters of St Joris Doelen (the Civic...
Walk down charming Korte Houtstraat to find the 17th-century Nieuwe Kerk; the capricious tower by Lieven de Key is supported by a rather...
Lodging for members of the brewers’ guild (1472).
On a narrow quiet street, this trattoria (run by a charmer named Guiseppe) has tiled tables in a space as compact as the inside of a...
Frans Hals Museum information
Lonely Planet review
A short stroll south of Grote Markt, the Frans Hals Museum is a must for anyone interested in the Dutch Masters. Kept in a poorhouse where Hals spent his final years, the collection focuses on the 17th-century Haarlem School; its pride and joy are eight group portraits of the Civic Guard that reveal Hals’ exceptional attention to mood and psychological tone. Look out for works by other greats such as Pieter Bruegel the Younger, and Jacob van Ruysdael. Among the museum’s other treasures are the works of Hals’ teacher, Flemish artist Carel van Mander: stunning illustrations of the human anatomy, all ceiling-high with biblical and mythological references.