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Museum Volkenkunde

Steenstraat 1, 2312 BS, Leiden, The Netherlands
+31 71 516 8800
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Museum Volkenkunde is a museum about people housed in a historic building just five minutes' walk from Leiden's central station. A huge totem pole greets visitors as they enter the museum through the garden. Museum Volkenkunde presents regularly changing exhibitions and its permanent display features objects from eight different cultural regions. Objects that all have a story to tell about humankind.
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Steenstraat 1, 2312 BS, Leiden, The Netherlands
+31 71 516 8800

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Reviewed 2 days ago

This museum is not a site that we should usually go to, but we were attracted by the temporarily exhibit of 'Cool Japan', with cool representations of the youth culture of Japan, mixed with the -I presume- collection of the museum (drawings, clothing). We enjoyed...More

Thank NLcycle
Kim W, Webcare team at Museum Volkenkunde, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear NLcycle, Thank you for your reaction, we always appreciate feedback. Why is the museum a site you don't usually visit? We would like to know. Kind regards, Rachel

Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is very closed to the Leiden University, and is not far from the Central Station. My friend took me there, and we spent about 40 mins looking around. It is a quite nice museum, but I wouldn't say it is a must visit....More

Thank apricoty
Kim W, Webcare team at Museum Volkenkunde, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear apricoty, Thanks for your reaction. Why would you say that this is not a 'must visit'. We'd like to hear more of your feedback. Kind regards, Rachel

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice exposition on contempory developments in drawings, cartoons, fashion with link to the past. It gives an excellent insight in the Japanese cilture, hihgly recommended to pay a visit.

Thank RiraRudolf
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is situated a short walk from the Central station in Leiden . Nice building but I must admit I saw more interesting museums. We were heading for the Cool Japan exhibition and it was a bit of a disappointment. It was very crowded...More

Thank K S
Kim W, Online team at Museum Volkenkunde, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear K S, We're sad to hear that you did not enjoy your visit to the museum. May I ask at what time you went there?

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Such a nice ethnicity museum with a good explanation for the origin of places, and also provides informative time series of a certain place, specifically in Asia, Africa, and South America. Very attractive for kids, too. Worth to visit when you are in Leiden :)

Thank Bramanti
Kim W, Online team at Museum Volkenkunde, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Bramanti, Thanks for your nice comments. We're really happy that you enjoyed visiting our museum. Greetings, Rachel

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

its surprised​ me when i found Indonesia gallery in the museum. the location is easy to find, leas then 100m from the leiden central station. i like the surrounding, beautiful canal to relax after exploring the museum

Thank Elvibandanaku
Reviewed 14 May 2017

We are not so familiar with the parts of the world that the Dutch colonized, so found the exhibits on Indonesia and Southeast Asia particularly fascinating. In addition, the Japan collection explained the interactions of the first Dutch traders with Japan as it opened to...More

1  Thank TravellerToWest
Reviewed 14 May 2017

This museum is well worth a visit. Currently thei have a fantastic exhibition of items from Japan including a robot that children and adults will enjoy interacting with. The Inuit collection is also extremely interesting.

Thank Brian R
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Started with the collection of von Siebold, the museum is nowadays a fantastic ethnological museum to be. In the different rooms you can get a good overview of different cultures. It is ordered based on origin and time in history. At the time of my...More

1  Thank A-flying-Dutchman
Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

Im not a huge fan of ethnological museums (I guess because they all more or less look the same?), but this was big, with lots of items, well organized and I particularly appreciated the temporary exhibition about Japanese cartoons.

Thank clelyssa
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Does anyone know if/when the museum closes for a refurb this year?
26 March 2015|
Response from Stewiedewie | Reviewed this property |
I have checked their website numerous times, but nothing is advised on closing or refurbishment/works. You may need to get in touch with them directly.