The Planetarium Room is the centrepiece of the Eise Eisinga Planetarium. The model of the sun with the 6 planets turning around it still functions. This makes it the oldest working planetarium in the world. During your visit, you will be given plenty of information in the Planet Room. This explanation will take about 15 minutes. You can discover the rest of the museum, including the radar on your own.

Permanent exhibitions

Other permanent parts of the museum include Eisinga's former wool combing establishment and an extensive collection of historical astronomical instruments. Modern astronomy is also represented. Non-stop documentaries are shown in the screening room. Experience how Eisinga lived in the historic house and digitally browse through Eisinga's beautiful mathematical and astronomical manuscripts! The interactive permanent exhibition 'De Ruimte' [Space] has been open to the public since 2016.

Temporary exhibitions

There are regularly organised temporarily exhibitions about actual astronomical topics or topics concerning the Planetarium.

Friends of the Planetarium foundation

The Friends of the Planetarium Foundation helps collect extra financial resources. This allows the foundation to make purchases, carry out restorations and conduct publicity campaigns for the Eise Eisinga Planetarium. All contributions are welcome!

Become a donor!

As a donor you will donate a fixed amount to the foundation annually (minimum €25.00).
Donors receive the following:

  • an introductory gift in the form of the book 'Timeless Solar System', about the Eise Eisinga Planetarium
  • at least once a year an invitation to a lecture/presentation
  • a personal donor card, which gives you free access to the Planetarium for one year

You can sign up by sending an e-mail to or sending a message to the address below.

Stichting Vrienden van het Planetarium
Eise Eisingastraat 3, 8801 KE te Franeker
Bank account number: NL19RABO0144973197

When you sign up by transferring the correct amount, remember to mention your address details in the description.

Your application is greatly appreciated; gifts and bequests are also very welcome.
Thank you!

On the path to world heritage status!

Back in 2010, the Planetarium was placed as an official Dutch candidate on the 'Provisional List of UNESCO World Heritage'. Since then, many plans and reports have been written and evaluated.
At the end of May 2015, Jet Bussemaker, the Minister of Education, Culture and Science, informed the Lower House of the Dutch parliament of current advice on the basis of an expert group report. The expert group expects the Royal Eise Eisinga Planetarium to be nominated for less than one year. It is of the opinion that there are sufficient arguments to demonstrate the exceptional universal value of the Eisinga Planetarium. However, more time is needed to substantiate this convincingly. In 2017, this substantiation will be reassessed.

The Planetarium, together with the Ministry of OCW and the Civil Service for Cultural Heritage, will confidently continue its path toward inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List. We will keep you informed.

Eise Eisingastraat 3
8801 KE Franeker
telefoon 0517 - 393 070
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    Met trots mogen wij ons sinds 19 september 2023 UNESCO's Werelderfgoed noemen!
    We can proudly call ourselves UNESCO World Heritage since September 19, 2023!
    Wir sind stolz, dass wir uns seit dem 19. September 2023 UNESCO-Welterbe nennen dürfen.