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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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Rapenburg 28, 2311 EW, Leiden, The Netherlands
+31 71 516 3163

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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Rijks has many of the classics and is also beautiful architecturally. Should you want a nice Museum day, begin here as you can easily spends a few hours wandering the large halls and having a coffee or drink at the cafe inside. Right across...More

Thank Alex Z
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It is not a big museum bout the collection is good. A lot of things to see and they translate 80% of all the signs

Thank Daan1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great museum. Fantastic lay out. Excellent for families, kept our boys entertained for 3 hours on a wet miserable day. Excellent value for money.

Thank Garry t
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Though we are locals, this is a museum we visit again and again. Great for all things Egyptian, Greek and Roman but other periods too! Often there are special exhibitions also. Just because Leiden is a smaller city, don't expect just token artifacts - there...More

Thank AJV06
Reviewed 18 July 2017

Note: if you're visiting museums in NL, get a Museumkarte, giving you access to 40 museums, great value. Wouldn't have visited without the Museumkarte, but glad we did. Impressive collection beautifully presented.

Thank FuzzyDunlopez
Reviewed 16 July 2017

Great Egyptian section. Easily to tour the museum in 3-4 hours. Also to be able to walk in tombs and see the spectacular art on the inside is incredible. Did no use the audio tour.

Thank LaurensRotterdam
Reviewed 1 July 2017

We stopped here as we walked around town. Much of the item's descriptions were in Dutch, but there were printed material at the entrance of many of the rooms that provided English explanations of the items. It was very informative and we enjoyed what was...More

Thank PKPollard
Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

My wife and I went in by chance since our hotel was on the same street as the museum, and we were very pleasantly surprised of the quality of the collection, in particular ancient Egypt and Roman artefacts. The museum is relatively small, at least...More

Thank Hans N
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

Beautiful museum with a good variety of exhibits. Not really for children as there are no interactive displays. For the size museum, it had some excellent antiquities. Took only a few hours to visit. Great location. Near the old prison building and Rembrandt school is...More

Thank Tenoannie
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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26 July 2015|
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Response from bobrosie |
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.