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Rapenburg 19, 2311 GE, Leiden, The Netherlands
+31 71 512 5539
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Misty view into the past

Beautifully situated canal-side museum. The story which could be told is about von Siebold himself... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2017
Well worth checking out!

This small museum on the Rapenburg (lovely street!) is a gem worth checking out about life in Japan... read more

Reviewed 8 August 2017
Leiden, The Netherlands
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“trading post” (3 reviews)
“small museum” (5 reviews)
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Rapenburg 19, 2311 GE, Leiden, The Netherlands
+31 71 512 5539

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Reviewed 9 August 2017

Beautifully situated canal-side museum. The story which could be told is about von Siebold himself and the Dutch relations with Japan at a time when Japan was virtually closed to foreigners. Von Siebold was actually German and there is also a Siebold-Museum in Wurzburg in...More

Thank Whittlesford
Reviewed 8 August 2017

This small museum on the Rapenburg (lovely street!) is a gem worth checking out about life in Japan in the mid 19th century. All kinds of artifacts brought back by Philipp Franz von Siebold to his Leiden home. It is not a huge museum but...More

Thank AJV06
Reviewed 20 July 2017

The museum keep changing the exhibitions on regular basis, so a re-visit is always worth the trip! Learn about Japanese culture and things you never knew before! The museum is not big, so you can do it in an hour. Highly recommend!

Thank Sholm
Reviewed 5 April 2017

The Sieboldhuis museum has some permanent exhibition rooms, but also special themes, like EMA's or prayer tablets. They also had a photographic works exhibition with interesting transparent pictures. We go there a few times a year and always find it a rewarding little museum to...More

Thank Sholm
Reviewed 6 March 2017

This is presented as a Japanese museum but aside from one room given over to the permanent collection it mostly seems to rely on temporary exhibitions. Where the permanent collection is presented is one room, slightly dark and in floor to ceiling display cases, which...More

Thank Gerard_S77
Reviewed 26 February 2017

This museum has a very interesting story to tell about the colonial relationship between the Dutch and Japan, and how effective the Japanese were at managing the intrusion into their culture of outside influences. There was an excellent exhibition of woodblock prints while we were...More

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Reviewed 4 February 2017

Very interesting visit to this small museum of Japanese art. Downstairs holds the museum collection of Siebold - ask for the audio guide as this was not offered to us on arrival but is essential if you want to know anything about the exhibits as...More

Thank Tina B
Reviewed 4 February 2017

This museum shows intricate Japanese art and daily life items of 17th century when Siebolt was a medical doctor on the iland off Japan where only the Dutch were allowed for trade with Japan. Very good to visit in combination with the Hortus Botanicus, since...More

Thank Robert H
Reviewed 29 November 2016

We liked this quiet small museum, located in an attractive Renaissance canal house from the 16th century. It presents a collection of great historic value, gathered at a time when almost nothing was known about Japan and only the Dutch were allowed to trade with...More

Thank Trainbleu
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Best part is the movie about Siebold's fascinating life. But the house and its holdings were interesting as well. You won't be long here, but you'll be glad you went.

Thank apt5c
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