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National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden)

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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...more
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Rapenburg 28, 2311 EW, Leiden, The Netherlands
+31 71 516 3163
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All reviews egyptian collection ancient egypt greek and roman top floor different periods small temple egypt section entrance hall nice collection real wow factor roman period famous city all departments three levels special exhibition few hours first floor
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The National Museum of Antiquities measures up very well with university museums in Oxford or Cambridge (UK) and is well accessible. The museum has o.a. departments for Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Persian and national antiquities. There is a temporary exhibition on the first floor, which is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JohnSt_2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an extremely interesting few hours and we could have happily stayed all day had we not wanted some daylight and fresh air after 5+ hours. Some other reviewers have been a little sniffy about the quality of the collection here. OK, it's nowhere...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Devon1964
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum comes up as a good pick for families, but I'm not sure why. There's really nothing children can touch or interact with. They did, however, have a legos and coloring station in the lobby, which was very nicely set up. For adults, the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Emily M
Reviewed 12 December 2018 via mobile

The museum is a must see if you are interested in Egyptian, Roman and Greek artifacts. It is very big and the auditor is helpful. Nice light facility

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank amalaPrinceton_Nj
Reviewed 22 November 2018

This is an amazing space, unexpectedly large given the size of the entrance. The Greek exhibits were brilliant - an outstanding collection - but the descriptions were limited. The restaurant was good, but the black looming roof for the central space was a bit oppressive.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank DJWebb0
Reviewed 21 November 2018 via mobile

A small, but interesting collection of Egyptian artefacts. Although the most impressive thing in the museum is their collection of Greek vases. Purchased from Lucien Bonaparte in the early 19th century, it is a good collection of both red and black vases. Worth the visit,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Vixen1966
Reviewed 22 October 2018

Maybe I have become jaded to this sort of museum, but the National Museum of Antiquities didn't really wow me. Don't get me wrong, it has a decent collection of ancient artifacts, and even some mummies, which I admit were pretty cool, but all in...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank jdsor
Reviewed 19 September 2018

To be honest I was a bit underwhelmed with this museum and was glad we had got in free during the national free monuments weekend. There were some good displays - I liked the Egyptian ones best - but it's ultra modern layout just ended...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank lolarabbit
Reviewed 16 September 2018

This museum is a hidden gem. The Egyptian collection is noteworthy and they have one of the small Aswan temples in the main hall; there is a free audio guide in English that is very informative; the signs in front of each artefact are only...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank CuriousTraveler007
Reviewed 16 September 2018

This is a very interesting museum although security staff can be rude. This was our second visit on a rainy day and we particularly enjoyed the Egyptian artifacts.

Date of experience: September 2018
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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.