The best museums in Leeuwarden in December 2023

These are the top 10 best museums in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2023. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

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Looking for the best museums in Leeuwarden? These are the best ones:

  1. Aqua Zoo Friesland1

    Aqua Zoo Friesland

    Aqua Zoo Friesland houses mainly animals that live in and around water. On display are penguins, seals, carp, windes, sea bears, red pandas and meerkats, among others. Ring-tailed lemurs roam freely among the visitors. There is also a playground for children.
  2. Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics2

    Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics

    The Princessehof Ceramics Museum is housed in a house built in 1693, called ‘Princessehof’. The collection features a large diverse collection of Chinese porcelain. The museum displays the Dutch Art Nouveau and Art Deco ceramics from 1880 to 1930. A centrepiece in museum is a sculpture by Karel Appe
  3. Tresoar3


    Tresoar is the Frisian literary and historical centre. Besides a museum, it is also an archive, library and documentation centre. It houses a collection of information sources on various Frisian topics, including highlights of the Frisian literature, films about the ‘Elfstedentocht’ and plans of Fri
  4. Fries Landbouwmuseum4

    Fries Landbouwmuseum

    The Fries Landbouwmuseum illustrates two thousand years of agricultural history of Friesland. Working, living and housing conditions of a peasant family in different time periods are illustrated, including the mound period, the Middle Ages and periods before and after the Second World War. The colle
  5. Fries Museum5

    Fries Museum

    The Fries Museum is dedicated to Friesland and its inhabitants. In the museum the story of the countryside and the eleven cities is told, the dealing with water and the search for the typical Frisian. The collection includes contemporary art, archaeological finds, old costumes, the sword of freedom
  6. Natuurmuseum Fryslân6

    Natuurmuseum Fryslân

    The Natuurmuseum Fryslân is housed in a former orphanage. The central theme of the museum is the nature of Friesland. The museum consists of four floors with animals, plants, information, assignments and experiments. Doing and experiencing are important in the museum. The collection consists of appr
  7. Historisch Centrum Leeuwarden7

    Historisch Centrum Leeuwarden

    Historisch Centrum Leeuwarden is the information and activity center for the history of Leeuwarden and surroundings. It is the oldest city archive of the Netherlands (1838). Anyone who wants to know about the history of Leeuwarden or the former residents can turn to the HCL. Besides the permanent ex
  8. De Oldehove8

    De Oldehove

    The Oldehove is a tower from 1529, which should once have become the status symbol of Leeuwarden. Now it is an impressive leaning tower. The tower can be both visited and climbed.
  9. Fries Verzetsmuseum9

    Fries Verzetsmuseum

    The Fries Verzetsmuseum is part of the Fries Museum. The museum illustrates Friesland during World War II, collaboration, resistance and persecution, daily life and liberation in Friesland. The collection includes a selection of army boots, guns, documents, photos and film clips. The museum focusses
  10. Pier Pander Museum10

    Pier Pander Museum

    The Pier Pander Museum is located in the Prinsentuin. The museum is dedicated to the Frisian sculptor Pier Pander. The building that houses the museum consists of the museum and a temple. It illustrates the life and life work of Pier Pander. The temple features the marble sculptures Alba, Feeling, T

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