Royal Eise Eisinga Planetarium

Eise Eisinga Planetarium

Eise Eisinga Planetarium


The world's oldest functioning planetarium

Franeker - "The end of the world." It's a prophecy of all ages. On 8 May 1774 a conjunction of the planets occurred. As a result the earth would be pulled from its orbit and incinerated in the sun. At least, that was what people were thinking. Eise Eisinga, a wool carder and amateur scientist, wanted to calm down the villagers and show that there was no reason to panic...


Despite his limited knowledge about the conjunctions of the planets, Eise Eisinga built a model of our solar system at the ceiling of his living room. Up to today, his masterpiece is still functional and accurately moving to this day, making the Franeker Planetarium the oldest in the world.

10,000 nails

It took Eise Eisinga seven years to build the impressive model from wood and more than 10,000 hand-forged nails. The mechanism of his scale model that keeps the planets and pointers moving of his solar system is unique in the world.

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    Adress and visitor information

    Royal Eise Eisinga Planetarium

    Address: Eise Eisingastraat 3
    Postal code and City: 8801 KE  Franeker
    Province/Region: Friesland
    Phone: +31 (0)517 393070

    Visit: An average visits takes approx. 2 hours.
    The planetarium is located in the center of the old university town of Franeker, opposite the town hall.
    Please check pricing and availability before visiting.

    Let op: The locations on the map are indicational. It is not always the entrance, parking lot or best route. The map shows up to 8 locations in the area. Want to see all locations? Check our Hotspot map or use the Search option on this website.



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