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Eise Eisinga Planetarium

Eise Eisingastraat 3, 8801 KE Franeker, The Netherlands
+31 517 393 070
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Eise Eisinga had to be a genius on the order of Leonardo Da Vinci. The mathematics to assemble this... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Bill D
Lyon, France
via mobile
In the living room of a lovely Friesian canalside house is the world's oldest functioning planetarium

This accurately moving model of the solar system was built between 1774 and 1781 by Eise Eisinga, a... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
Franeker, The Netherlands
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Eise Eisingastraat 3, 8801 KE Franeker, The Netherlands
+31 517 393 070

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Eise Eisinga had to be a genius on the order of Leonardo Da Vinci. The mathematics to assemble this still working planetarium is beyond my comprehension.

Thank Bill D
Reviewed 2 October 2017

This accurately moving model of the solar system was built between 1774 and 1781 by Eise Eisinga, a wool carder. A true very old but stil functional science place for all ages. Really amazing technology.

Thank TheBoxonIce
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

Very interesting and very friendly people that tells the story of Eise. It's really worth to visit. The museum shows more about the Universum, starts, planets etc... but the visit only in his room where he build the planetarium is amazing!!

Thank Fanny D
Reviewed 5 September 2017

The outside of the building is unassuming, but the inside is a gem. It's amazing how Eise Eisinga, a tradesman, created a working model of the solar system, right on the ceiling of his living room.It took him a few years, inconveniencing his family, but...More

Thank Henk G
Reviewed 4 September 2017

This is the oldest working planetarium in the world. It was built by a wooldyer in the third quarter of the 18th century. The man had no formal education other then primary school and built a working moving model of the solar system (up to...More

Thank Willy B
Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

What a wonderful place to visit! We had read about Eise Eisinga in one of our Dutch history books, and since we were close we decided to drive to Franeker. The planetarium is so impressive, to think that he made it by himself so many...More

Thank jennitar
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Very well planned and executed exhibits, the planetarium room itself is amazing, stafff are informed and friendly

Thank TaffyPeter
Reviewed 1 June 2017

Well worth coming to Franeker for, if you are in the area. A wool comber (i.e. cleaning, combing and dying wool so it is ready for spinning) made this planetarium in 7 years of his free time, finishing in 1781. Everything is hand made, from...More

Thank Katrien S
Reviewed 27 April 2017

We had been told by a friend to come & see this, what an amazing thing. We had a English speaking guide who answered all our questions and was very informative. To think he was able to complete such a task!! Tight spaces as this...More

Thank K1ngsGld
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

a must der of you are in the Friesland area. This wool salesman designed and build this in huis family house. Hé white two boos om mathematisch and astronomen as a teenager. While it is the main attraction the museum had a wide range of...More

Thank Slam9147
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Adults are 4.75 Euro, children up to 13 are 4 Euro and children younger than 4 are free. As of August 2015