We would like to welcome you to the Frisian Museum of Natural History, a museum for children, parents and grandparents, but of course also for everyone who has always wanted to see a sperm whale skeleton from up close.

This museum focusses on nature in the Dutch province of Friesland. Four floors full of information, remarkable animals and plants, exercises, games and other surprises invite you to discover the beauty of nature in Fryslân. There are changing exhibitions in the temporary exhibition hall so that you can always see something new.

Welcome to the Frisian
Museum of Natural History

Natuurmuseum Fryslân
Schoenmakersperk 2
8911 EM Leeuwarden
058 233 22 44

Darwin’s attic



Captain Severein

The Taxidermists open workshop

Whale Hall

The Dragon

Orphanage school Introduction

Our Wonderful World

Museum’s awards

The Frisian Museum of Natural History has received several awards. For years the museum has won the award of best Kidsproof museum of Friesland.

In 2012 it was awarded the ‘BankGiro Loterij Museumprijs’ for being a museum that is most effective and attractive to children in the age group of 4 to 12.

Opening Hours

Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 17:00 pm.

During official school holidays and in july and august, the museum is open every day of the week from 10:00 am to 17:00 pm, so also on mondays.

Closed on:
January 1t, April 27th, May 5th, December 25th.

Ticket prices

Adult € 13,-
(UnderWaterSafari not included)

Child 0-3 year free

Child 4-17 year € 6,50
(UnderWaterSafari not included)

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By train

If you arrive by train, you should disembark at Leeuwarden central station. From here, take bus 16 to Bilgaard. Get off at Wissesdwinger. From here, walk back fifty metres and turn left into Schoenmakersperk. The Natuurmuseum Fryslân is on the left-hand side.

The Natuurmuseum Fryslân is also easy to reach on foot from the station (10-15 minutes walk). As you exit the station, turn right onto Stationsweg. Turn left at the large intersection. Now keep walking forwards, past Zuiderplein, the Beursbrug bridge, Beursplein, Wirdumerdijk, St. Jacobsstraat, Beyerstraat and finally Pijlsteeg. After walking for a kilometre and a half, you will reach Schoenmakersperk. Here you will see the Natuurmuseum Fryslân on the right-hand side.

By car

Upon entering Leeuwarden, follow the signs for the centre (“centrum”). There are two handy parking options: the Hoeksterend car park, or the Oldehove underground car park. Here you can park for an unlimited time for a reasonable charge.

The route to the car parks is indicated by special P-route information system signs. These indicate the number of free spaces available at that moment. Both parking facilities are within five minutes walk of the museum. The daily charge is a maximum of €8.80 (Oldehove) or €6 (Hoeksterend). The Natuurmuseum Fryslân is situated between the two car parks. There are only a few parking spaces at the front of the museum. The charges here are much higher than in the car parks, and the maximum stay is two hours. Two spaces are reserved for those with mobility problems. These spaces must also be paid for.