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Sieboldhuis

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Address: Rapenburg 19, 2311, Leiden, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 71 512 5539
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Great historic collection of Japanese artefacts

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 the country from an artificial island near Nagasaki, Deshima. The museum rooms are lined with... More 

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New York City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

This museum, located in the former house of Van Siebold himself, tells the interesting story of this physician who came to be stationed on the Dutch trading island off Japan. The collection of artefacts, plant samples, maps and other objects that he obtained is astounding. There are only a few rooms, so it doesn't take long to visit, but it's... More 

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Thank 341claire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

The museum has a film about the life of Siebold, which is narrated (in Dutch with English and Japanese subtitles) in first person, as if Siebold were taking to visitors himself. The highlight of the collections is cartography. There are many precious books and maps, which are likely to be overlooked by tourists with no knowledge of Japanese. However, many... More 

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Thank SYLiang
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

Enough has been said about this place. I would like to offer my help to make it better and to show more why von siebold was so important for Japan and the west. It's a shame you have to pay an entrance fee to visit this.

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Thank J M
Columbia, Missouri
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

The story is fascinating. Philipp Fran von Siebold is sent by the Dutch government to Japan in 1823 to serve at the tiny trading post of Deshima, near Nagasaki. At the time, The Netherlands was the only European country permitted to trade with Japan, so Siebold had rare opportunities to observe the culture and collect artifacts. He even had a... More 

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Thank LMOverby
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016

The Sieboldhuis in Leiden is dedicated to Japanse art, an amazing place to visit. So much to see, so much to learn.

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Rosmalen, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016

This museum highlights the scientific work of Phillip von Siebold, the German doctor, scientist and traveller, who spend 6 years at the trading post Deshima in Japan in the 19th century. Very interesting exhibitions, good for a rainy day.

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Blaricum, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2016

Siebold was a doctor and biologist, sent by Dutch government to accompany Dutch VOC ships to Japan. He collected plants, animals, fabric samplers, household items, and made his house in Leiden the showpiece for all of this. The top floor is reserved for chaining art exhibitions, of course from Japanese artists.

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2016

Sieboldhuis often organizes interesting special themed exhibitions. Recently I visited here for the Fuji exhibition which is for the Japanese prints featured Mt. Fuji. This exhibition was really interesting. The museum is sort of a symbol of long relationship of Dutch-Japanese and their existence is significant for the friendship of the two countries.

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