18 maart 2016

Teylers Museum Oval Room

The main reason for our trip to Haarlem last Saturday was a visit to the Teylers Museum, an art, natural history and science museum. Established in 1778, it was originally founded as a centre for contemporary art and science. The museum was named after Pieter Teyler van der Hulst (1702-1778), a wealthy cloth merchant and banker of Scottish descent.
The historic centre of the museum is the neoclassical Oval Room that you see here.

The Oval Room was designed for research and study, and was opened in 1784. Scientific experiments would be conducted here, public demonstrations held, and books, drawings and prints viewed by the public. A showcase in the centre displays a mineralogical collection from the 18th century.
The upper gallery, which unfortunately wasn't open for the public when we were there, has 12 built-in bookcases. The windows in the ceiling were meant to let in the maximum amount of light.

6 opmerkingen:

  1. Thanks for your comment on Ocala! This is a gorgeous structure - the neoclassical oval room is a great heritage for your country!

  2. That's great dome up there. Awesome windows.

  3. Libraries are such a problem for the architect - how to get enough daylight in and still find room for the bookcases. The oval room is one of the neater solutions I've seen.

  4. Lovely ceiling and windows design. Have a fabulous weekend!


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