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Museum Volkenkunde

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Address: Steenstraat 1, 2312 BS, Leiden, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 71 516 8800
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Museum Volkenkunde is a museum about people housed in a historic building...

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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Interesting museum, beautiful expositions

The Museum of Volkenkunde is incredibly interesting and has so many beautiful expositions, it keeps you coming back from time to time. I love this museum.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 April 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

The Museum of Volkenkunde is incredibly interesting and has so many beautiful expositions, it keeps you coming back from time to time. I love this museum.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016 via mobile

Well documented and well-illustrated, educational exhibition of the Buddha philosophy and how it spread throughout the Asian world. Beautifully arranged and narrated. Interesting in-depth historic summary of the Buddha origins, legends, word and scripts and how it developed into the 3 different mainstreams. A peaceful faith explained from a scientific and practical point of view. Touching video of how Thai... More 

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Almere, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2016

If you visit this museum, you get a good idea of the way of living and religions of many exotic countries: Japan, Korea, China, Oceania, Islam countries, Polinesia, Africa, Eskimos and North and South American Natives. We liked it very much.We expend more than three hours visiting it.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2016

A Museum of Ethnology might not be top of your list when visiting Leiden, but this is truly an excellent museum and well worth a visit. We spent a couple of hours there, and could have spent longer. Superb exhibits, some interactive exhibits for children - and adults! You could make your own e-postcard of yourself posing with a dragon... More 

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

the museum has exhibitions from all over the world to exibit the different cultures literaly from everywhere aroun the globe! It was unique!

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Brussels, Belgium
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2015

Went to Leiden for a day trip from Brussels (3+ hours by train). Was excited about this museum but have to say for that price (12 Euro!!!) I was expecting much more! It is interesting, but not very thorough. For example, when it comes to the Hadj, it describes every single detail (WHY?). When it comes to Africa, it only... More 

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015

I took my students to see the Museum of Ethnology. The exhibit began in the garden with a totem under which I photographed my students! (Great way to take attendance! ;-) The Museum staff are friendly and a great help; they speak English and other languages so no worries about communicating. There were several exhibits--on Tribes, 40 years of Suriname... More 

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2015

This museum has an elaborate collection of artefacts from the Arctic, Aztec and Inca cultures, Africa, Oceania, Central and East Asia. The idea is quite similar to the tropics museum in Amsterdam.

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

This museum is housed in one of the few historic buildings erected after the 17th century. The garden and the restaurant (with a good children's corner) are worth the visit. The exhibition however, is a bit dull and fragmentary.

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Kim W, Online Media at Museum Volkenkunde, responded to this review

Thanks for your comment, Glibber. Do you have any recommendations on how to improve the quality of our exhibitions? More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2015

Having lived a stones-throw from this place for 2 years I decided it was time for a visit, and what better excuse than having visitors over on a wet, windy weekend! I was pleasantly surprised by the amount to see; I didn't expect much from the outside but once inside you get a good few hours of wandering corridors through... More 

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