Haarlem with its Market square and the magnificent outsize St. Bavo church. To the right the Meat Hall, now a fine arts museum. All photos above copyright by by Kees Kaldenbach. Large sizes available. Haarlem is full of surprises. A magnificent late Mediaeval church in which mozart played the organ. A fine Frans Hals Museum. Interesting architecture. A blood curdling story of insurrection against the Spanish - and their bloodthirsty reprisal.
Teylers: The first Museum in the Netherlands. The photograph below shows the banks of the Spaarne river with the Weighing house to the left of the middle, locally famous for an early 1960's Simon and Garfunkel performance, before they became a big name and a hot ticket. To the right the Teylers museum, being the very first museum in the Netherlands. In the backgroud the mediaeval Great Church which looms over the entire town like a giant zeppelin.
Haarlem, in the province of North Holland, is situated 20 KM to the west of Amsterdam. I can take you there in my car seating 3 to 4 adults. Haarlem boasts an important late mediaeval church of enormous size. Inside is a famous organ that has been played on by young Mozart and other composers. This church is situated on a beautiful civic square which also contains the Town Hall and the Meat Hall. The latter hall now functions as a museum building.
The townís claim to fame is the oldest museum in The Netherlands, founded in the 18th century, in the Age of Enlightenment. This Teylerís Museum has collections spanning from unique bird feather imprints in natural stone from the time of the early dinosaurs, to scientific machines such as the large one to generate static electricity to be stored in Leyden bottles. It also has a fine collection of Renaissance drawings including some by important masters such as Michelangelo. As you may know, the Age of Enlightenment was not born in France in the 18th Century but had a precursor in The Netherlands of the 17th century: Van Leeuwenhoek, Boerhaave.
I am quite familiar with the town of Haarlem as I went to High School there and have friends out there. The photo below shows the oval room of the Teylers Museum. It is the prime example of Dutch scientific activities in the 18th century, the Age of Reason. The Encyclopedie by Diderot and 's Alembert is kept in the bookcase. One could see the Teylers as a museum of a museum, as very little has changed since it was built. Some new wings have been added later on.
Another fine museum in Haarlem is the Frans Hals Museum in which the large paintings have been collected by mannerist painters: Van Mander, Goltzius and Cornelis van Haarlem. The museum is named after Frans Hals, whose militia pieces and group portraits of board members of old men and womenís institutions are also present in great numbers. Other local painters are also well represented. A special treat is the seventeenth century dolls house. Scattered around town are some of housing institutions, called ëhofjesí, enclosed courtyards that housed the aged and the poor. My car seats 3 or 4 adults.
As an art historian based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, I can meet you in Haarlem for a personalized guided tours of art museums and the historic center. Together we will experience the beauty and history and we will visit enclosed courtyards, called 'hofjes' mostly for the benefit of the old age men and women. Enjoy yourself and learn about history while strolling and discussing the country's history, art and culture. In doing so, we may touch many bases - spanning not only fine art and architecture but also the city's history and current social issues. Drs. Kaldenbach is chairman of the Circle of Academic Tour Guides of the Netherlands and Flanders (CATON).
Starting at your hotel I will take you on a wonderful private cultural walking tour of your choice. My guided itinerary offers you accessable informative conversation in English, Dutch, or German (my French and Italian are more limited). You may also arrange this VIP treatment for business contacts or friends. Our cultural tour organisation office will take care of a unique and memorable experience.
- Please contact me for time and fees of the tailor-made tour you ar interested in
- These tailor made tours are available upon request - please contact me to book a date
- Minimum group size: 2 persons
- Maximum group size is limited to about 10 persons
- With a megaphone I can also manage larger groups on the streets.
Normally starting from Amsterdam by car or train (train: extra ticket cost). Time spent in the city about 2 to 3 hours. Contact me for information on larger groups with other venues and more people.
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