Fries Museum Leeuwarden Reviews
Nice exhibitions at the Fries Museum Oct 23, 2010
My housemate and I visited the Fries Museum because of the photo exhibition Noorderlicht (Northern Light). The photo exhibition is about urbanisation worldwide in cities and in the countryside. The pictures give a good view of the lives of the people. Next to each set of pictures, a description is given of the story behind the photos and what is seen on the photos. Also a small bit about the photographer is written. The most impressive pictures for me were the ones taken in Nicaragua by Benoit Aquin. The unhuman measures big banana companies took in the seventies and eighties can still be seen today, in the form of diseases and physical defects. The whole exhibition was very touching and made you think about other people, their lifes and their feelings.
This exhibition is temporary and can be seen until October 31, 2010.
The Fries Museum also houses the "Verzetsmuseum", a museum about the second world war. Here, you can view various artefacts, read personal stories and search in the database, which is very big.
Furthermore, the Fries Museum contains paintings and stories about the history of Friesland, including the story about Mata Hari. Unfortunately, we did not have time to view this section of the museum yet.
The Fries Museum is very big and informative. The entrance price for us was free, because we went on a Wednesday. Otherwise, adults pay €7,50.
The exhibition of Noorderlicht was very impressive, therefore I recommend to visit both if you can, while you're in the vicinity of Leeuwarden.
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Fries Museum Oct 24, 2010
Last Wednesday I went too the Fries Museum. The main thing we wanted to see was the photo exhibition called the north light. It had groups of photo's that all told you a story. The photo's where not all friendly and showing the good side of the world but it confronted you with the things that needed attention. I was very touched by the fact that happiness and misery can be so close together and yet they're totally different.
Also it pointed out that we as humans are destroying the world. There was this picture where all the trash was just laying on the side of the street and it was a huge pile. It was there because the city was growing to fast and they didn't had the right facilities.
Something that impressed me as well, was that we live her in the western world and dumping our problems with the people who don't have as much luxury as we do. There was this sequence of photo's that was about a Gap factory that destroyed the nature that was around. The river was filled with paint that they used to die the pants.
After seeing the exhibition we went to the museum about what WOII had done to Friesland. There where stories about everyone nothing was left out also the people who supported Hitler those days. It was impressive and touching to see everything and reading the stories it gives you a good overview of what it had done.
There also was a lot about the history of Friesland itself in the museum unfortunately we didn't have the time to take a close look at it but everything we saw was impressive. If your in the area you should definitely visit it. It gives you a good idea of what the history of Friesland is.