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Leiden American Pilgrim Museum

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Address: Beschuitsteeg 9, 2312 JT, Leiden, The Netherlands
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+31 71 512 2413
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Wed - Sat 13:00 - 19:00

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Staff was friendly and able to answer any questions - even after closed!

To be very clear - this is a tiny museum, not the Smithsonian or British Museum. It took us forever to find it - and then we arrived after they were closed. However the staff... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 November 2016
Jack B
San Diego, California

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

To be very clear - this is a tiny museum, not the Smithsonian or British Museum. It took us forever to find it - and then we arrived after they were closed. However the staff member there was willing to let us in and give us a tour! We ended up not going in as we felt bad for keeping... More 

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arlington, va
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

I just spent an hour at the Leiden American Pilgrim Museum and could have spent many hours. Dr. Jeremy Bangs is the Director and curator. His depth of knowledge encompasses everything from 14th century construction materials and techniques to cartography, pottery and furniture. This sounds dull. It's not. It's fascinating. Even if your relatives were not pilgrims, (mine were not),... More 

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Stuttgart, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

The staff are amazing, the actual museum....well its not much. However, a traveller asked the gentleman running the museum a question about marriage records, and he ducked up in a cubbyway and came out with a book from 1620-opened it to a certain page, and explained that the latest supreme court ruling (US) on marriage equality was based in part... More 

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Paris, France
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

Don't bother...The brochure in the hotel said they were open on Wednesdays. I went there-- no, not open until Thursday. I returned on Thursday..knocked, rang bell, no answer. Went away, came back, repeat procedure. Finally I saw someone inside and knocked on the window. I was told that "she was alone that day". You cannot se the rooms without a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

This museum is small... like two 15x15 rooms small. BUT everything in them is period appropriate. As you stand in these rooms you get to really step back and feel what it would be like to live in Leiden in the 1400's. The tour guide is extremely knowledgeable. It is not cool in these non air conditioned rooms, but it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

It's easy to overlook this tiny museum, which is actually a two room old Leiden apartment, but you really shouldn't. It's full of interesting artifacts and more importantly - stories. Those are told with humor by the avid historian running the place. He was keen to answer questions and even let our baby try out the old baby-chair. We enjoyed... More 

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Missoula, Montana, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

As a descendant of Elder William Brewster, my son was able to touch and see his 13x Great Grandfather's home as it would have looked during his lifetime. It was exciting and worth the stop for us due to it's special meaning to the family. It may not be the exciting adventure others may be looking for. The room is... More 

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Coram, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

There are few museums like this one, where the world's foremost authority on the Pilgrim Separatists conducts a running commentary on his subject and answers questions like a University professor ( with a keen sense of humor). If you would like to know more about the Pilgrims, Reformation politics and life in the 17th century, this place is a must-stop... More 

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Oakland, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

I really enjoyed the opportunity to visit the inside of such an old house and to see what life was like in the times of the Pilgrims. Our guide was very knowledgeable and Dr. Banks had interesting answers to questions about the Pilgrims and about Leiden and the Netherlands. If you enjoy history, you will enjoy your visit here. If... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

I live near Austerfield in England where William Bradford was born and I heard recently about this museum dedicated to the story of him and his fellow dissidents, so was keen to visit. And small though it may be this is a fascinating building full of fascinating artefacts run by knowledgeable and friendly people happy to talk about it. I... More 

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