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Eise Eisinga Planetarium, Franeker

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The Royal Eise Eisinga Planetarium is an 18th-century orrery in Franeker, Friesland, Netherlands. It is currently a museum and open to the public. The orrery has been on the top 100 Dutch heritage sites list since 1990 and in December 2011 was nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site candidate. It is the oldest working orrery in the world.HistoryThe orrery was built from 1774 to 1781 by Eise Eisinga.It is listed as a Rijksmonument, number 15668.The orrery was nominated 12 December 2011 by the Dutch government for UNESCO World Heritage status, based on its long history as a working planetarium open to the public and its continued efforts to preserve its heritage.OrreryAn orrery is a planetarium, a working model of the solar system. The "face" of the model looks down from the ceiling of what used to be his living room, with most of the mechanical works in the space above the ceiling. It is driven by a pendulum clock, which has 9 weights or ponds. The planets move around the model in real time, automatically. (A slight "re-setting" must be done by hand every four years to compensate for the February 29th of a leap year.) The planetarium includes a display for the current time and date. The plank that has the year numbers written on it has to be replaced every 22 years. Make Eise Eisinga Planetarium a centerpiece of your Franeker vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Franeker trip itinerary planner.
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  • The planetarium is a work of art and incredible invention of Eise Eisinga, a Dutch astronomer. The museum is a lesser known tourist site, but interesting for anybody who enjoys astronomy or the... 
    The planetarium is a work of art and incredible invention of Eise Eisinga, a Dutch astronomer. The museum is a lesser known tourist site, but interesting for anybody who enjoys astronomy or the...  more »
  • We visited this planetarium as an excursion of a river cruise as an activity during a Harlingen port call. This was one of the most fascinating things that we saw during our entire 11 day trip. An... 
    We visited this planetarium as an excursion of a river cruise as an activity during a Harlingen port call. This was one of the most fascinating things that we saw during our entire 11 day trip. An...  more »
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  • Great small museum in the Frisian city of Franeker. Oldest remaining working planetarium in the world. Dates back from 1774. Well preserved and fully working. Little over an houre from Amsterdam. Combine with visit to Franeker.
  • Interesting museum to visit, a lot to see and learn about the universe. Also interesting for young(er) kids. Entrance fee was about 6 euro (adults) so that's reasonable.

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