Teylers Museum, Haarlem

Visit the Age of Enlightenment and the Age of Science

Great Encyclopedic Room of the Teylers Museum. It was recently sandblasted.

Teylers Museum in Haarlem is devoted to Natural History (prehistoric fossils, rocks), Early Science (machinery, instruments) and galleries of 19th century painting. The most interesting room is the oval one, which displays the breadth of 18th century knowledge from the Age of Enlightenment, with bookcases full of Encyclopaedias. As an extra boon the museum houses a gallery of very good selection of prints and drawings, including Michelangelo!

In 1778 the institution was founded by a private person, the wealthy cloth merchant Pieter Teyler who stipulated a science Foundation should be started. From then on the idea was embraced by educated inhabitants of Haarlem.

It was actually opened as the very first museum in Holland. Some of its exhibition rooms still have no electric light and close down an hour early in winter.

 

Business card. The logo refers to Vermeer.

HOW TO GET THERE

Glass cabinets full of scientific instruments: optical, about sound and other waves.

Haarlem is easy to reach with public transport, half an hour by train from Amsterdam. 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.

 

Larger images are available on this old school site.

 

Tour by professional Art History scholar with excellent teaching skills. Specialist in Fine art and Design, Architecture and History. VIP entry.

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