Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden

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Museum De Lakenhal is the city museum of fine art and history in Leiden, Netherlands. One highlight is its collection of fijnschilder paintings from the Dutch Golden Age. Just like the city, the museum combines a classical appearance with a contemporary character. The broad collection ranges from early works by Rembrandt van Rijn and Lucas van Leyden's Last Judgement to modern classics of De Stijl and artworks created by contemporary artists such as Claudy Jongstra, Atelier van Lieshout and many others.
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  • We did not plan to visit this museum but very glad that we did, come really great works on display, also a great building to visit that has a lot of history of it's own 
    We did not plan to visit this museum but very glad that we did, come really great works on display, also a great building to visit that has a lot of history of it's own  more »
  • This is a great city museum and should not be missed. It is a combination art and history museum, but what art and history. They have three Rembrandt paintings from when he lived in Leiden, as well....  more
    This is a great city museum and should not be missed. It is a combination art and history museum, but what art and history. They have three Rembrandt paintings from when he lived in Leiden, as well....  more »
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  • Until 1874, when this building became a city museum, it was a factory and guildhall that produced cloth and was an important meeting facilty. In 1640 it was erected as the guildhall for cloth merchants. The museum has various rooms dedicated to this former booming business. It has an interesting mix of contempory exhibitions on human growth, and more specifically, how consumerist growth has impacted society and the environment. Artworks range from the 16th to the 21st century. There is Middle-age religious art and grand trytichs that are bright, colourful and with unique depictions of hell and devils. The trytichs are displayed so that the viewer can walk around the entire piece. There are local historical paintings, including about the plague outbreak in the city in the 16th century as well as art made by Theo Doesburg from the early 20th century and more. There are even a couple of lesser known Rembrandt paintings. The building has been recently renovated, but has retained some interesting architectural designs like painted glass in a church and an impressive staircase, as well as entire rooms that appear to be original to the museum's 17th century origins. Some parts of the museum feel like being in a grand house or Palace, and reminded me of Mauritshuis museum in the Hague. What I like about this museum is that it tingles and stimulates the mind in various ways and the paintings in the collection are quite diverse and make you want to explore every detail. Highly recommended.
  • This is a magnificent museum! The building is beautiful and the room with the Rembrandts, the van Goyens and - for me the discovery of the day - the great pictures of Jan Lievens is alone worth traveling to this beautiful city! Good informations in English too which you do not always find in Dutch museums. There is a CafĂ© in the courtyard as well. And I had most rooms to myself which I enjoyed though this museum deserves much more visitors.

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