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“On a rainy November day” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Museum De Lakenhal

Museum De Lakenhal
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US$262.37*
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Private Guided Tour of Center and Prehistoric Antiquities Museum with Art...
Ranked #11 of 61 things to do in Leiden
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Museum De Lakenhal is closed till spring 2019 because of restauration and renewal. Visit our website lakenhal.nl/renewal.
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“On a rainy November day”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2013 via mobile

For the not so seasoned museum visitor, the Lakenhal museum seems a little bit disconnected. The temporary exhibition on utopia is extensive and tries to guide the visitor through the various phases in the early 20th century. I say "tries" because it is not always easy to follow, even with the written guide in hand. The permanent display has some very interesting historical bits about the recapture of Leiden by the geuzen, apparently translated as beggars, from the Spanish in the late 16th century.

Overall, not a spectacular museum, but certainly worth a visit on a rainy November day. At 12.50 the admission (including surcharge for Utopia) is unfortunately rather pricey.

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“2 museums in 1”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2013

The museum is actually two museums in one. The art, including a very good Lucas van Leyden, makes up one part, whilst the history of Leiden and its seige is set out in the 'attic'.

Visited July 2013
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Zeeland Province, The Netherlands
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“interesting museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2013

Tells a lot about the history of Leiden. Beautiful paintings as well. Even some Rembrandts! Free audiotour is nice; explains some of the things you see very well which makes it easier to understand what you see.

Visited August 2013
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Lakenhal, Public Relations Manager at Museum De Lakenhal, responded to this review, 22 August 2013
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Ha Zeeland,

Bedankt voor de fijne positieve recensie. We zijn blij dat je genoten hebt van het bezoek aan Museum De Lakenhal. Hopelijk tot ziens!

Hartelijke groeten,

Milou van Oene
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Columbia, Missouri
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“a good municipal museum, with a small but diverse collection”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2013

A nice collection that focuses on artists from Leiden, housed in the old Cloth Hall. There are a couple of Rembrandts, several more pieces by his contemporaries/friends/students, as well as representatives from other eras in Leiden's history. There are several rooms devoted to the decorative arts, including a very nice display of stained glass. Of the glass, the highlight for me was a collection of some 20 images related to journalism, taken from the offices of a Dutch newspaper. Upper floors are largely devoted to the building's history as the Cloth Hall, including portraits of various city leaders and guild officials. When I visited (early July 2013) two of the larger galleries were closed, I assume because a temporary exhibit had just closed. Entrance fee for adults = 7.50 Euro.

Visited July 2013
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Jerusalem
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“Great museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2013

I really enjoyed this museum. It wasn't too big that you lose interest and there are some great works there. It's also a beautiful place!!!!

Visited January 2013
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Lakenhal, Public Relations Manager at Museum De Lakenhal, responded to this review, 28 January 2013
Thank you JT B!
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