Celebrating 775 years of Haarlem

Presentation in our Book Cabinet

Oct 10, 2020 to Feb 14, 2021

City rights were bestowed on Haarlem on 23 November 1245 by William II of Holland. To celebrate the 775th anniversary of the city, Teylers Museum will illustrate Haarlem’s history in the Book Cabinet and the Coins & Medals display. The exhibition is based on everyday life, well-known citizens, the changing city and its hustle and bustle.

The most ancient objects are the emergency coins that were minted when Haarlem was under siege by the Spaniards in 1572-73. Another impressive item on display is the exquisite profile of the city of Haarlem by the well-known printmaker Romeyn den Hooghe who lived and worked in Haarlem in the 17th century.

All coins, medals, drawings and prints in this exhibition are from the vast collection of Teylers Museum. It was founded in 1784 from the estate of the prominent Haarlem citizen: Pieter Teyler.

Image: Kasparus Karsen (1810-1896), De Grote Markt in Haarlem, 1845