National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden)

National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden), Leiden: Hours, Address, National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden) Reviews: 4.5/5

National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden)

National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden)
4.5
Speciality Museums • Art Museums • History Museums
10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday
10:00 - 17:00
About
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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Cosetteiscookin
Utrecht, The Netherlands477 contributions
Fun with kids
Aug 2019
We've been here several times. The last time with 2 kids. They loved the Egyptian scavebger hunt through the museum and seeing all the ancient stuff and learning about it.
Written 27 July 2020
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Martin L
Oberhausen, Germany41 contributions
Excellent Museum
Jul 2020 • Family
Wonderful experience, the staff i extremly helpful and friendly , on top of that , the knowledge is outstanding. A well balanced exposition , easy to understand ( the only negative point : not all object have an english label )
Highly recommendable for the expert and the novice in Egyptology.
The roman exibition is equally well layed out ( my personal preference , i didn't spend very much time in the roman exhibition due to my studies of Saqqara)
We will return very soon.
Written 23 July 2020
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Jon & Claire
London, UK27 contributions
Decent antiquities museum
Jul 2020 • Couples
We enjoyed our visit to see the antiquities. Good small collection. And also some interesting local history.
Written 19 July 2020
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JohnSt_2
The Hague, The Netherlands920 contributions
RMO never tires
Jun 2020 • Couples
We visited the National Museum of Antiquities under Corona rules. It is quiet and you never had so much space to visit the exhibition as now. There is something to everyone's taste. Textile, Glass and another small extra exhibition on the excavations in Saqqara, Egypt. Regular departments are open for Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Palmyran, etc. antiquities, as well as Dutch archaeology. You will find a well stocked bookshop and a coffee corner and cafetaria to round off your visit. This museum is certainly not forgetting children and organizes holiday activities for younger visitors.
Written 23 June 2020
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Dan K
The Hague, The Netherlands5,847 contributions
Wonderful visit, marvellous collection (but be sure to plan your journey!)
Mar 2020
Had a wonderful visit with my family. Loved the collection which is marvellous! Especially the artefacts covering ancient Egyptian time. To my personal opinion, only the British Museum in London can match this. The temporary exhibit (untill 15 march 2020) was on Cyprus.

The museum consists of three floorws and is housed in a fantastic, historical building, in the middle of the historical town centre of Leiden (Rapenburg). It's completely accessible: we brought our 8 month old son in his buggy and had no problems in navigating the museum. Baby changing facilities are located in the disabled toilet on the ground floor.

In the entrance hall of the museum you can find and visit the Temple of Taffeh (free of charge, as it is before the ticket barriers), which was gifted to the Netherlands. The audio tour is free of charge too (but behind the ticket barriers). Museum staff was very friendly and helpful.

One note in regard to parking: some reviews here complain about parking, but this has absolutely nothing to do with the museum itself. People who complain about parking, have themselves to blame for not planning their journey properly: The museum is located in the middle of the historical city centre of Leiden. so it's completely logical that there isn't a large parking garage to accommodate visitors.

My advice is to plan your journey ahead, be sure you know where to park in Leiden or check the museum website if you don't and/or are not familiar with the historical centre of Leiden. If you come by public transport: the museum is about a ten minute walk away from the Leiden Central station.

Concluding this review: this is a must visit if you like museums with ancient artefacts!
Written 9 March 2020
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albertv1527
Utrecht, The Netherlands569 contributions
Well presented excellent collection
Mar 2020 • Solo
Excellent museum with lovely permanent collection (Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Dutch archeology sections) and superb temporary exhibitions. The Egyptian section is surprisingly large, varied and of outstanding quality. It even includes a complete and well preserved Egyptian temple. The setup of Dutch archaeology makes for a wonderful ambiance. Highlights here include 3500 years old ritual swords and a coffin which inside resembles a living room.
Allow 1,5 to 2 hours for the temporary exhibition and up to 4 additional hours if you want to see the complete permanent collection in detail.
Don't forget to get yourself a free audioguide.
There is a fine onsite cafe to have a break.
Written 8 March 2020
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Salamandrine
Liverpool, UK34 contributions
Splendid collection, well-presented as well!
Aug 2019
I have visited the museum twice now. The Temple of Taffeh in the main entrance room is superbly well-preserved, and there was an excellent light show playing on my second visit, which was most informative. The Egyptian collection is particularly special - a number of mummies and statues, but also a large number of fabulously preserved stelae as well as a range of other objects. A museum suited to both the specialist and the general tourist, well-laid out and modern.
Written 22 January 2020
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GJK1962-6
Haarlem, The Netherlands115 contributions
Standard our special exhibitions: all great!
Jan 2020
The place to be in the Netherlands if you like antiquities. This time we visited the Cyprus exhibition, which was really great. Beautiful exhibits (most from the Cyprus museum; suppose that is empty/closed now😊) with clear explanations, very good headphone-tour. But also the regular part is very good.
Written 2 January 2020
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Steven C
Austin, TX23 contributions
One of the best Museums anywhere
Nov 2019
Absolutely stunning. There is something for everyone here. It is easy to navigate. Order your tickets only and avoid the line. There is a nice bar in the museum. The Dutch Masters on display are breath taking. This is a must see when visiting Amsterdam.
Written 24 November 2019
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Ankie V
Blaricum, Noord-Holland, Netherlands106 contributions
World class! Excellent display of antiquities
Oct 2019
Right now an exhibit on Cyprus has started (6 months), but apart from this: the most wonderful pieces from Egypt, a whole floor on Roman glass, excellent explanations
Written 13 October 2019
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