Historisch Museum Den Briel

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Historisch Museum Den Briel

Historisch Museum Den Briel
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands949 contributions
The cradle of independent Holland
Oct 2019
The Museum of Brielle offers a nice insight in the first city to be liberated by the revolutionaries in the secession from Spain. Back than it was unique that citizen claimed independance and self-governance...
Written 2 July 2020
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canada350 contributions
a great summary of the 80 year war and the foundation of this town
Aug 2018 • Solo
Quality presentations. A bit chaotic at the beginning to utilize the old town hall, but still high quality exhibitions and curation. English narration appropriate to each transition point. Really a useful perspective in gaining understanding of this country and town.
Written 7 August 2018
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Valerie T
Louth, UK1,636 contributions
Also information centre.
Jun 2017 • Couples
Friendly little museum which also houses the information centre.
In the centre of the town and worth a visit if you have time to spare. They have information in different languages and the staff are very helpful.
Written 18 June 2017
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London, UK2,264 contributions
Informative and interesting.....
Jan 2017 • Solo
January 2017 -

Having first moved to Brielle in 2009, and lived here (on and off), for 3-4 years, this (strangely), was the only place, I had never visited....if I'm not mistaken, this 'museum' also doubles as a 'wedding ceremony' venue - as I recall, being heavily 'intoxicated', one Summer, outside De Hoofdwacht, and seeing a 'Bride and Groom' emerge with their Wedding Party. I made a special point of stating, that it was ironic that the Museum used to be a 'prison.' The Bridegroom was highly amused....along with (I estimate) the father of the Bridegroom....but certainly 'not' the Bride.....oh, dear!

Upon visiting here, for the first time, last month, I was 'concerned' that a woman who worked there (and I'd never met, prior) - 'greeted' me with - 'Ah, so you're the English Guy.......' She informed me (worryingly) that indeed, the 'prison', could still be - hypothetically - be used 'to house me'.....also, I was reminded that there were a set of stocks nearby....close to the 'Smaeck van Brielle' restaurant......(cheeky cheeky Lady!)

Notices, signs, and 'explanations' are in Dutch and English - which is useful if a Tourist can't read the 'lingo' - albeit, I was moderately fine (marvellous)....

The Museum is both interesting and informative - covering the history of Brielle, and the 'skirmishes' ('squirmish', if one is Sarah Palin) with the dastardly Spanish......also note, that there is a Tourist Shop/Office, on the 'Turfkade', just 'down' from 'Chez Andre' restaurant......

Museum - well worth a visit !
Written 22 February 2017
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Florida Panhandle, FL106 contributions
Cute small seaside getaway
Aug 2014 • Couples
I ate my best french fries there, with onions and ketchup. In May one gets the nieuwe haring there with oude genever.
Written 25 March 2015
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands2,828 contributions
A vital part of Dutch history on display, "ce ne sont que des gueux"
Aug 2013 • Solo
The museum is housed in the former town jail annex scales. The cells with thick double doors and bars are still intact. Don’t lock yourself in. In front of the museum is the small central market place, now a terrace of a restaurant.

In earlier days Brielle was an important port with direct access to the North Sea and the rivers upstream. It played a key role in the liberation of The Netherlands from Spanish rule in the 16th and 17th century as it was the first town to be liberated by the so called Sea Beggars (Watergeuzen).

Liberation of this town inspired other towns to stand up against the Spaniards and eventually led to ending the 80-year war with the peace treaty of Munster in 1648.

The liberation of Brielle was on the 1st of April 1572 and every year this is celebrated with a re-enactment of the events by dressed up actors. When you are around Brielle around the 1st of April this is not to be missed.

As Holland was then governed by the Spanish Duke de Alba and the name Brielle resembles “bril” which is the Dutch word for glasses everybody in Holland knows the phrase “Op 1 april verloor Alva zijn bril” (On the 1st of April Alva lost his glasses).

Interestingly the name Sea Beggar comes from a meeting that was held between the then Spanish Governess over the Low Lands, Margaretha of Parma, and 200 unarmed noblemen from The Netherlands on 5 April 1566. The noblemen came to plea for more religious freedom and an open discussion on other matters of state. The Governess at first was startled by the large number of noblemen before her but one of her counsellors sets her at rest by whispering to her “ce ne sont que des gueux" (“they are just beggars”) This was picked up by the noblemen and some days later they decided to use the word “gueux” as their proud name of resistance and others followed. Even in the Second World War the name “geuzen” was used by those who stood up against the German occupation of The Netherlands.

The larger part of the museum is dedicated to the 80-year war with the Spaniards with highlights on those in powers, everyday life, the famous trading companies VOC and WIC, the massacre of Catholic clergymen (Martyrs of Gorcum), the iconoclasm and the famous 1st of April battle.

Separate rooms are dedicated to sea heroes from Brielle and the history of the town and its surroundings.

All texts are both in English and Dutch.

A good museum to visit when you want to know more of the origin of The Netherlands at the start of its Golden Age (17th century) and you can combine this with a visit to the nice St Catharine Church close by

There is no food for purchase but there are lots of nice cafés and restaurants close to the museum.
Written 2 August 2013
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Walter E
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia36 contributions
Great Overview of the role Brielle played in Netherlands History
Feb 2013 • Business
I'm amazed at how much I was able to learn about Brielle and Netherlands history in such a short visit to the museum. I would recommend planning for about 2 hours, although by myself I went through the main exhibits in less than 1 hr. Also, all the descriptions are in Dutch and English. It was we'll worth it and I would highly recommend it to anyone staying in Brielle (try the Hotel de Nymph if you are.).
Written 1 February 2013
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85 contributions
Nov 2012 • Family
Very interesting history of the region and especially of Brielle during the 80 years war the museum has been renovated recently and reopened by the queen in march 2012.
Interesting and entertaining for both adults and children.
Written 5 November 2012
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