Fries Museum, Frisian museum

The Fries Museum is dedicated to Friesland and the Frisian people. Its activities revolve around the eleven cities that make up the province and the surrounding countryside. These include the Frisians' love-hate relationship with water, the search for what defines the typical Frisian character, and Friesland's place in the wider world. The freedom fighter Grutte Pier's sword; old costumes and clothing; treasures from the Frisian mounds; the legacy of Mata Hari, the exotic dancer who was executed as a spy at the end of the First World War; Gerrit Benner's paintings; contemporary visual art; and the film de Overval: together these objects tell the story of Friesland.

The Fries Museum was located on the Turfmarkt in Leeuwarden from 1881. Initially housed in the Eysingahuis the museum gradually spread to the surrounding buildings over the next 130 years. The museum has now relocated to Wilhelminaplein 92, in heart of Leeuwarden's city centre. The bold open-plan building has a gigantic protruding roof elevated 25 metres above the ground on robust steel and wooden columns, with an imposing glass façade adorning the front of the building. These are just a few of the most striking attributes of the new Fries Museum. The building was delivered on Monday, 11 June 2012.

Frisian museum