The Comenius Museum

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The Comenius Museum (Kloosterstraat 33) is dedicated to a Czech, 17th century priest, theologian, philosopher and pedagogue, Jan Amos Comenius. He became famous mainly for his modern ideas on education. For example, he advocated education for girls and introduced the reading board that combined basic words and familiar images to teach pupils to read. He lived the last 14 years of his life in the Netherlands. He was buried at the choir of the former Wallonian Church next to the museum. His grave is a true place of pilgrimage for many Czechs, making a special trip to Naarden to see it. This is why you see the opening hours also displayed in the Czech language. The museum was originally a convent and served later as an orphanage. In 1809, it was requisitioned under the French occupation. After their departure, it continued on as a military building until 1986. It was then that the wings of the building were demolished and rebuilt in the same style, now used as housing. You have a good view of this when you walk past the chapel and into the courtyard. 

Continue down the Kloosterstraat and turn left before the former fire station, now called Arbeid Adelt. At the end of the road turn left and then immediately turn right at the beginning of the Oude Haven, into a narrow walking path. Follow this path upwards, keeping to the left. For those who experience difficulty walking, you can also continue on the Oude Haven until the end of the road. The narrow walking path also ends here. 

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