Traces of the early life of Simon Vestdijk (Harlingen 1898 - Utrecht 1971) can be found in 'Lahringen' as Vestdijk refers to Harlingen in his books. Directly opposite the museum is the house where the novelist, poet, essayist, translator, music critic and doctor was born. Looking eastwards you can see a bronze statue of Vestdijk's alter ego Anton Wachter at the end of the street, a schoolboy with a satchel under his arm. The Vestdijk Room contains a copy of every book published by Vestdijk and you can hear the author reciting a poem about Harlingen,written for 'Stad aan de Wadden' (Town on the Wadden). Old photographs combined with quotes from his books about Harlingen give a portrait of the era in which the writer lived.