Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem

The birth of the Art of Painting in Holland

Entrance of the Old Mens’ Home, now Frans Hals Museum.

Join me for a great visit to the Frans Hals museum. This Museum in Haarlem presents a unique phase in art history: the birth of Dutch Painting after 1450.

Frans Hals Museum also shows many of the XXL Frans Hals group portrait, rare masterworks of Civic Guard groups Board Members plus individual portrait paintings by Hals. Its collections of large Frans Hals group portrait paintings are unique in the world. Hals allowed himself a radical free approach to painting, becoming an inspiration to Impressionists and later painters. A fresh breath of air!

Period rooms and painting galleries are  housed in this fine former Old Mens Home.  Also of major interest are the galleries of early Dutch paintings of the Haarlem School, with some 5 intelligent characters who brought the qualities of the Renaissance to Holland. Here, in huge, fleshy, complicated paintings (Mannerism) but also in small-size works, one can witness the birth of  painting in the Golden Age. A group of learned scholars-cum-painters wanted to lift the art of painting and knowledge to higher levels.

One of the specialties is flower painting.

Tour by Drs Kees Kaldenbach, a professional Art History scholar with excellent teaching skills. Specialist in Fine art and Design, Architecture and History. VIP entry. During my Art History study I did an internship here.

Drs Kees Kaldenbach: „…he is wildly overqualified to be a guide . That is his secret… Trust me on this.” Gabe. Statement made February, 2017.

Grand Hall with large Frans Hals group portraits,

Jan de Bray, Caring for Orphans, celebrating civic-mindedness.

Floris van Dijk, Banquet from an age without plenty, supermarkets.


The Haarlem painter Verspronck, portrait of a group of board members doing social services. Their wards are shown on the right hand bottom.


Business card. The logo refers to Vermeer.


Haarlem is easy to reach with public transport, by train under half an hour. I hold a Dutch Railways rebate card. For this train tour I can offer you a special rebate of 40% for three separate adult railway tickets. This makes it economical for you as clients. I can join you from your hotel or from the Amsterdam train station.

Various other options are open to you: a) You can hire a car and drive it yourself, and I will join you starting in Amsterdam and will advise you about the best route. b) We can hire a professional taxibus service at around E 70 per hour for about 4 to 5 hours. On top of that you will pay me as the specialist guide. This is the more expensive option.