The Museum is the private collection, antiquities and books that intrigued the founder.
Pieter Teyler van der Hulst (1702-1778) left his fortune to the furthering of science and culture, as befitted a part-Scottish following of the Scottish Enlightenment. He also left money for some almshouses for the poor folks of Haarlem. Before his death he had established various learned societies in the town and, like many gentlemen of the period, had a "cabinet of curiosities": a large collection of objects of interest or antiquarian value. His fortune, made from the cloth trade, was certainly large enough to let him indulge in his passions for science and collecting.
The museum was a reflection of his interests, and was added to over the years so that it now had a fine collection of fossils, scientific instruments (and making them something of a Dutch speciality), coins, paintings, prints and drawings. Pieter Teyler left a charitable and worthy legacy of a "Christian Gentleman" in the museum and the almshouses.
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