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Leiden is one of the most important museum cities in the Netherlands, in quantity only second to Amsterdam. Four national museums are located in Leiden, among others, that are worth to visit. With its history as a university city you will only find one art museum, but several on topics ranging from ethnology to natural history. All major museums are within 10–15 minutes of walking distance from the central station. Note that, except for Naturalis and during school holidays, most museums are closed on Mondays.
- 1 Naturalis Biodiversity Center (National Museum of Natural History), Darwinweg 2, ☏ , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. M-F, 10AM-5PM, Sa/Su/holidays, 10AM-6PM. Naturalis is a museum on the history of life and the natural planet. The main part of the museum tells the story of life on earth through bones, fossils, etc. The museum also features a collection of specimens from extinct animals, including bones from a Dodo. Do not miss the treasure chamber (schatkamer) where exceptional and valuable collections, such as extinct animal bones, gemstones, etc., are on display. The treasure chamber is sometimes closed for security reasons. The museum is meant to be accessible for all ages; the temporary exhibitions are often (partially) aimed at children. Adult (18+) €11, Child (4-17) €8, (0-3) free.
- Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (National Museum of Antiquities), Rapenburg 28, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Tu-F, 10AM-5PM & Sa/Su/holidays, 12AM-5PM. This is a traditional museum on the history of people. Includes an outstanding collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities, and a small temple that was given to the Netherlands by the Egyptians for their help with the Aswan monuments transfer project. It also features an exhibition on the archeological history of the Netherlands including dug-up burial treasures and the like. Adult €9.50, Child (4-17) €3.00, (0-3) free.
- 2 Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde (National Museum of Ethnology), Steenstraat 1, ☏ , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Tu-Su/holidays, 10AM-5PM. The museum shows the culture of native peoples around the world in a refreshingly open-minded way. Permanent exhibitions are grouped based on geographical regions. A good, well thought-out museum with lots of background information in its bookshop, extensive library, and computer screens that are strewn about the museum. Of special interest are the temporary exhibits. Adult €10.00, Child (4-12) €4, (13-17) & Over 65 €8.
- Museum Boerhaave (National Museum for the History of Science and Medicine), Lange St. Agnietenstraat 10, ☏ . Tu-Sa, 10AM-5PM, Su/holidays, 12AM-5PM. The Boerhaave Museum, named after the 16th century physician and biologist Herman Boerhaave, is the Dutch National Museum of the History of Science and Medicine. It features an extensive exhibition of scientific equipment from 1600 onwards. Highlights include the Theatrum Anatomicum (a mock-up of a lecture theatre where anatomical lessons were held), Gravesande demonstration experiments (first demonstration experiments to show Newtonian physics), the first microscope, the first helium liquefier and the first Fahrenheit thermometer. Adults €7.50, Child and Over 65, €3.50.
- SieboldHuis, Rapenburg 19, ☏ , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. Tu-Sunday, 10AM-5PM. A museum on Japanese art and culture. It displays items that were collected by Philipp Franz von Siebold between 1823 and 1829 during his stay at Dejima, a Dutch trade colony nearby Nagasaki in Japan. Adult, €8.00, Child, free.
- Museum De Lakenhal, Oude Singel 28-32, ☏ , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Tu-Su, 10AM-5PM. Municipal museum in the magnificent 17th century former clothmaker's hall. Permanent collection shows artifacts and art objects throughout the history of Leiden from 16th century, including those of some very famous Dutch painters. Adult (18-65) €4, otherwise free of charge.
- Stedelijk Molenmuseum De Valk (Mill Museum The Falcon), 2e Binnenvestgracht 1, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Tu-Sa, 10AM-5PM, Su/holidays, 1PM-5PM. It was a flour windmill and now is a windmill museum. Located in just less than 5 minutes walk from Leiden central station. You can climb through all the mill's levels. On the top, you can admire the view of Leiden. If you have never seen the inside of a windmill this museum is well worth passing by on route to the National Museum of Ethnology or any of the other museums Adult €3, Child (0-5) free, (6-15) & Over 65 €1.70.
- Hortus botanicus Leiden, Rapenburg 73, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Apr. 1st-Oct. 31st, everyday open 10AM-6PM, Nov. 1st-Mar. 31st, Su-F, 10AM-4PM. It is a botanical garden that hosts different species of flowers and trees around the world. It is part of the University of Leiden. Adult €5, child (4-12) €2.5, over 65 €3..
- Leiden American Pilgrim Museum, Beschuitsteeg 9, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. W-Sa, 1PM-5PM. It's actually a small house (built between 1365 and 1370) opposite the bell tower of the Hooglandse kerk, furnished in the style common to the Pilgrim era. €4.