The Frans Hals Museum is known for its collection of paintings by the Dutch Golden Age masters. Nearly all the pieces date back to the 16th and 17th centuries, when Haarlem was known as the “City of Painters,” and as you make your way round the museum exhibits you’ll see works by the likes of Ruisdael, Jan Steen, Saenredam, Van Goyen, Heda, and of course, Frans Hals. Fifteen of Hals’ enormous civic guard pieces are showcased here and are a highlight of any visit. In particular, look out for Hals’ famous twin portraits, Regents and Regentesses of the Oudemannenhuis.
Built in 1609, the attractive building changed purpose from almshouse (where Frans Hals lived out his final years) to orphanage before becoming the art museum you can see today in 1913. On a visit to the Frans Hals Museum, it’s worth looking out for the separate section containing a replica of a 17th-century Haarlem street.
On Groot Heiligland 62 in Haarlem's historic center, the Frans Hals Museum is open from 11-5pm Tuesday-Saturday, and from 12-5pm on Sundays. It’s closed on Mondays. Tickets cost €15.50 for adults, €6 for 19-24 year olds, and entry is free for children up to age 18. All the exhibits are labelled in both English and Dutch, and Hal's collection of paintings begins in Room 14.