Eise Eisinga Planetarium, Franeker

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.
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  • This museum is centred around an amazing working model of the Solar System on the ceiling of the room in which its creator lived,ate and slept with his family. Started in 1774 it took seven years to b...  more »
  • The world's oldest Planetarium deserves to be devoted to time. The place has not changed for ages and leaves the visitor amazed by the machines of centuries old.. It's really magical and it comes out with the head in the stars.
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  • Best museum ever. Started with the oldest still working planetarium finished in 1781 made by a wool carder. . But has also a wealth of related exhibitions in the original 18th century houses.
  • Fantastic museum - accessible toilets, ramps and pathways, elevator. Can't get to all places (house from the 1800s) but they managed to provide great accessibility. Oldest working planetarium in the world. Best museum ever! Guided tour in Dutch and English. It's less than 1,5 from Amsterdam. If you go via the Afsluitdijk you will see another Dutch cultural heritage location.
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