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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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“top floor” (15 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Rapenburg 28, 2311 EW, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

There are fantastic Egyptian and Greek collections but as a tourist I most wanted to see the history of the Low Counties prior to 17 Century when all the towns we have been visiting are incorporated. This is on the 3rd floor but we stupidly...More

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Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

We were here on a Sunday afternoon to see the Egyptian collection in particular (as we have recently seen the Egyptian collection in Vienna). Although it is not as large as the museum in Vienna, it is worth visiting. Beautiful collection and beautifully displayed and...More

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Reviewed 7 May 2017

I was surprised to find this kind of excellent museum of antiquities in Leiden - highly recommended for anyone interested for example in ancient Egypt, etruscans or prehistory of the Netherlands. A nice museum cafe, too!

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Reviewed 22 April 2017

We spent 3 hours looking at the fantastic artefacts. There is a wealth of interesting exhibits from the last 5,000 years (probably older too). As well as the exhibits the building itself is remarkable. It has a modern extension which is more obvious the higher...More

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Reviewed 20 April 2017

We really enjoyed this museum affiliated with the Rijksmuseum of Amsterdam. The Ancient Egypt collection is excellent, as is the Roman. We especially enjoyed the archaeology exhibit of the Netherlands from the Stone Age to 20th Century. The Queens of the Nile exhibit didn't impress...More

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Reviewed 15 April 2017

I went here for the Egyptian exhibition. It was really interesting, they had some really nice pieces of art and a wide variety of objects. The rest of the collection is a bit limited in my opinion.

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Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

I have been living in and around Leiden for the past fifteen years, and this is by far the best museum in the city. The permanent collection is very interesting, and it's also a great place to visit with children.

Thank Brittattas
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Reviewed 13 April 2017

The place is full of great art of works. I personally enjoyed the "newer" part of it. The museum's audioguide can be downloaded to a cellphone, is full of interesting news and can be used not only as an art information but also a tour...More

Thank Kasiuuls
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Reviewed 1 April 2017

What a wonderful experience! We spent 4 hours here to view the amazing collection from Ancient Egypt. The Queens of the Nile special exhibition on loan from Turin was well worth the visit from our home in Cardiff, UK, but the main section that is...More

Thank HilaryElizabeth
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Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

In this beautiful museum you get a good overview of the life in ancient Egypt. Al lot of well conserved old things from the years 2500-500 b.c. The most beautiful are the mummies. Some of them can be watched on a computer. You have the...More

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bobrosie
25 July 2015|
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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.
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