Teylers Museum is an art, natural history, and science museum. Established in 1778, Teylers Museum was originally founded as a centre for contemporary art and science. The historic centre of the museum is the neoclassical Oval Room (1784), which was built behind the house of Pieter Teyler van der Hulst (1702–1778), the so-called Fundatiehuis (Foundation House). Pieter Teyler was a wealthy cloth merchant and banker of Scottish descent, who bequeathed his fortune for the advancement of religion, art, and science. He was a Mennonite and follower of the Scottish Enlightenment.

Teylers Museum displays an eclectic collection of fossils (among which the first ever discovered, if not recognised, of Archaeopteryx), minerals, scientific instruments, medals, coins, and paintings.


Teylers museum
Spaarne 16
2011 CH Haarlem
023 – 5160960

Opening hours
Mon: 10.00 – 17.00
Tue: 10.00 – 17.00
Wed: 10.00 – 17.00
Thu: 10.00 – 17.00
Fri: 10.00 – 17.00
Sat: 11.00 – 17.00
Sun: 11.00 – 17.00

Teylers museum