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National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden)

Rapenburg 28, 2311 EW, Leiden, The Netherlands
+31 71 516 3163
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The National Museum of Antiquities is housed in an old monumental building and ‘Begijnhof’. It is the Dutch centre for archaeology. A large part of the collection consists of objects related to ancient Egypt. Unique is the two thousand year old Egyptian temple in the central hall of the museum. Besides ancient Egypt, the museum covers the Middle East, the Classical world and the early history of the Netherlands. The entire collection consists of more than 80,000 objects, including statues of Roman emperors, Etruscan tomb finds and mummies.
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Rapenburg 28, 2311 EW, Leiden, The Netherlands
+31 71 516 3163

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Realy good egyptian, greek and roman artefacts. Fasinating and spreads over three levels with one for each period. Good gift shop and tea room also.

Thank garfieldBelfast
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As such it is a nice museum. But the explanatiins are sketchy, the collection a mixed bag, partly definitely remains of several exhibitions. There are lockers, staff is nice and the café is Ok, I guess. So, if you're into antiquities, and in the neighbourhood,...More

Thank wardtmar
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Because of the big posters in the city we decided to go to this museum. The exhibition about Nineveh was interesting and small. Best was actually the architecture of the building, especially the top floor.

Thank FayeInAmsterdam
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A great museum to visit wih your children. Lots of things to do, very thoughtfull display of mummies and ancient Egypt artifacts. We loved the entrence and the temporary exhibition about Syria.

Thank Jurma S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Egyptian, Greek, and Roman antiquities in one museum makes a lot to take in one museum so we had to pick out where our interest lies. The time line was a little confusing for me. This museum was included in our museumkaart.

Thank Venusalberta33
Reviewed 2 October 2017

We went to Leiden just to visit this Museum and mostly because of the Egyptian display it is one of the best in the world, and well worth seeing. If you are interested in ancient Egypt then you can spend all day there. The only...More

Thank bobbymWirral
Reviewed 28 September 2017

The Egyptian collection was absolutely incredible. I've never seen so many mummies, but I think what really makes that exhibit unique is how you can explore each mummy electronically. Each mummy has been scanned using medical imaging and there are touchscreens in the exhibit where...More

Thank Kate A
Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

Leiden is so much fun, a trekt for sure. Combined as in a treasurebox, you find here perfect musea, plenty history as the old 'hofjes', this perfect museum but also allow yourself Museum van Volkenkunde. The Hortus; borg modern as ancient garden, only one of...More

Thank Rene K
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

Since the museum has overhauled all departments it offers a real spectacular view on each floor. Interesting exhibitions and latest style of display. You get real close up to the displayed objects. The Greek Department is now in a stunning blue colour. The Egyptian and...More

Thank JohnSt_2
Reviewed 30 August 2017

Museum was marked as 'kids-proof'. Yes, it is. But children under 12 have not so much to do here. They find some parts of exposition interesting but it depends on parents explanation. There is not so much self-explaining multimedia materials. For adults collection will make...More

Thank RomanNikitchenko
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26 July 2015|
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Response from bobrosie |
Thanks for your answer. We did visit a number of fabulous museums when we were in Amsterdam and Leiden this past year, not to speak of The Concertgebouw where we were able to appreciate the terrific acoustics.