Eise Eisinga Planetarium

Eise Eisinga Planetarium, Franeker: Hours, Address, Eise Eisinga Planetarium Reviews: 5/5

Eise Eisinga Planetarium
5
13:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday
13:00 - 17:00
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Elisabeth Hatlem
Bispgården, Sweden100 contributions
Very impressive!
Oct 2021 • Family
This is more impressive than I would imagine. It is well worth a visit and it is great for kids. The staff is friendly and makes you feel welcome.
Written 30 October 2021
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Keenomanjaro
Croydon, UK181 contributions
Remarkable working planetarium
Aug 2020
You would never believe it from passing by, but this modest little museum contains the World's oldest working planetarium - a truly remarkable piece of engineering and a real passion project that has thankfully been taken great care of over the years and now finds itself on the tentative list of UNESCO. The building is rather small, so doesn't lend itself well to social distancing, so numbers are limited and potential visitors would be strongly advised to book in advance to avoid being turned away. There are numerous rooms given over to astronomical themed exhibits, with several really eye-catching old devices and charts showing how our understanding of the universe has improved over time. The interpretive texts are a little patchy and are mainly in Dutch, so if you don't speak the language, you may have to employ a little imagination to figure out exactly what's what. The highlight of the visit is of course the planetarium room, which we had to queue a short while for, before being admitted and given a brief talk by one of the curators (also in Dutch). The ceiling is an incredible sight and you can also go upstairs to see the mechanism in action. This was a very interesting visit to a pretty unique attraction.
Written 30 November 2020
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martijnfromholland
Utrecht, The Netherlands261 contributions
A must see for anyone interested in the universe and it's planets
Sep 2020
The Eise Eisinga Planetarium is a unique place to visit. It's amazing that this man already on a young age was fascinated by planets and their movements. The planetarium shows a working model of the universe. Although it's a small museum, because the Planetarium was build in the house of Eisinga, it's a must see.
We had a very good and informative explanation of one of the tour guides in the Planetarium room.
Written 11 October 2020
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Ortwin
Breda, The Netherlands892 contributions
Excellent mixture of history and modern-day astronomy.
Jun 2020
Incredible work and a well-told story in a nice setting. That a single person can make such a piece of art that is so precise and still works. Seven years of work in the 18th century that is obviously the master piece of the museum. But there is a lot more to see and explained in a very good and learningful exhibition that is spread over three old buildings. A balanced showcase of modern astrology and also centuries' old instruments and household pieces.
Written 7 June 2020
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TheBoxonIce
Franeker, The Netherlands47 contributions
The oldest planetarium still working
Jul 2019
Bring your kids or find the scientist in your self. This amazing small museum will impress you how accurate the machine was build and still working fine. A timeless experience.
Written 6 November 2019
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Maaike V
Amsterdam, The Netherlands29 contributions
Worth paying a visit
Sep 2019 • Family
Impressive handmade planetarium in the livingroom of a 18th century house. I would recommend a short visit around an hour.
Written 5 September 2019
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FAM1st
Broadstairs, UK43 contributions
Definitely one to see!
Aug 2019 • Family
Our friends took us to see this unique museum & the whole family loved it! The mix of old & new is well done & they have preserved the old lounge beautifully.

Most of the museum has English explanations on exhibits & the guide did a talk in Dutch, German & English whilst we were there.

We stayed around 2.5 hours. We all loved looking at the workings above & were very impressed by the museum & it’s staff!
Written 19 August 2019
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Berni Smelter
Coevorden, The Netherlands86 contributions
Impressive piece of work
Jul 2019 • Family
The Royal Eise Eisinga Planetarium is an orrery in Franeker and self-made by Eise Eisinga in 7 years back in the 18th Century. The museum is impressive piece of work and deserve a place on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. The orrery is a working model of the solar system and is the oldest still working planetarium in the world. A must see in case you are in the neighbourhood.

Written 24 July 2019
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Madcatwoman
Sunderland, UK43 contributions
Well worth a visit
Jun 2019 • Couples
Spent a lovely morning here. We were fascinated by the planetarium that was created by one man in his living room in his spare time over 200 years ago.

The restaurant in the courtyard was a hidden gem as well. Sat next to the pond relaxing in the sunshine finished the visit on a high note.

Parking is available on the canal sides.
Written 4 June 2019
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sideshow44
Seattle, WA12 contributions
Superb Museum for Everyone from Engineering Types to Kids
May 2019 • Couples
This is a perfectly sized museum with a very concentrated focus that doesn't leave you glassy eyed with information overload. Eisinga was a genius and the mechanisms he designed are still going strong. It was super interesting and visually stimulating. We spent about 1-1.5 hours there, focusing mainly on the historical stuff and heard the English language lecture. Outstanding value.
Written 26 May 2019
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  • Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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