Couple looking down from balustrade Teylers Museum Haarlem
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Teylers Museum

The Teylers Museum is a beautiful art, natural history and science museum located in Haarlem. Founded in 1778 by Pieter Teyler in the spirit of the Enlightenment, the museum was created as a centre for contemporary art and science. Housing an inspiring collection of artefacts, books, scientific instruments, drawings, fossils and minerals, the centre was established so that people could discover the world independently and without coercion from the church and state.

  • Enjoy an inspiring combination of art and science with the museum’s grand collection of paintings, books, minerals, fossils and scientific instruments.
  • Don’t miss out on the beautiful Oval Room, a neo-classical room designed for research and study.
  • Explore the museum’s huge collection of more than 10,000 master drawings and some 25,000 prints, in-cluding those of Michelangelo and Rembrandt’s.
Teylers Museum opened its doors to public in 1784. Pieter Teyler van der Hulst had passed away a few years earlier and had left his art collection to a foundation to promote art and science. The first and oldest museum of Holland hasn’t changed much since and the artifacts from the 18th century are still unique.

Teylers Collection

Fossils, minerals, physical instruments, coins, medals and many paintings, drawings and prints by artist like Rembrandt and Michelangelo can be found at the museum. You might think it’s an unusual combination, but keep in mind that this is Holland’s oldest museum. Back in those days, science was also considered a form of art. The principles of the enlightenment had only just been shaped.

Back in Time

The Teylers Museum takes you back in time. The large and diverse collection is absolutely worth your while. After a morning in the museum, you’ll need the rest of the day to process all the beautiful art works and surprising scientific objects.

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