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National Museum of Ethnology (Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde)

Steenstraat 1, 2300 AE Leiden, The Netherlands
071 - 5168 800
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Ranked #1 of 21 Attractions in Leiden
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Hours:
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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304 reviews 304 reviews
144 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Large and beautiful building housing a vast collection across two floors. The themed rooms hold comprehensive displays of historical artefacts from Africa, Indonesia, North America, Oceania, Japan etc. The current temporary 'Geisha' exhibition (until 6th April 2015) is colourful and interesting. The museum has excellent facilities including a lovely cafeteria and lounge and a well stocked souvenir shop.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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63 reviews 63 reviews
40 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

The museum will definitely appeal to the entire family. It is colorful, noisy, attractive. The lovely building stores a large collection from the entire world and displays different cultures in an interesting way. It can easily take you several hours to walk through. Great museum shop!

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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46 reviews 46 reviews
40 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This museum is both beautifully put together as a whole, and also facilitates excellent temporary exhibitions. It's also conveniently located quite close to the Centraal station if you are visiting Leiden just for a day. I would certainly check to see what the current exhibition is before visiting. Right now the exhibit is on Geisha, and it's both stunning and... More 

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The main reason for our visit was the exhibition by Jimmy Nelson "Before They Pass Away". This exhibition was set up in a great fashion. A combination of different media, video, slides and pictures. We actually went twice in order to get our pictures taken by Jimmy and his staff. We did not spend enough time on the other exhibitions... More 

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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134 reviews 134 reviews
15 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Interesting place with lots of connection to Netherlands colonial past - not always a thing to be proud of… Helpful staff and a big place that you could easily spend an afternoon in. Interesting displays regarding Japan and American Indians also when we went. Had a rush around and will go back there and spend the time the place deserves.

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York, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We were blown away by the atmospheric and evocative presentation throughout the museum. The Geisha exhibition in particular is simply stunning. There are some fine dramatic moments as you make your way through this exhibition and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Really appreciate that the subtitles for the video interviews were available in English.

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NL
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

I visited the museum during a ladies night for the exhibition Geisha. The museum has a beautiful collection from all over the world. The artifacts are well displayed, with lots of information. The Geisha exhibition is well worth visiting. Lot of information on the day-to-day life of the Geisha is displayed. Several informative videos are shown and the beautiful kimonos... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

As an Indonesian who studying in Netherlands, I found this museum very interesting, especially because there is a special room exhibits stuff from Indonesia. They even hold some important artifacts that might be very precious for the origin countries. The information for each object was also provided clearly. A must visit museum for those who love and appreciate world cultural... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

I was there during an open day, and they had a beautiful cultural-face exhibit. Unfortunately I didn't see everything, but I will definitely come back.

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Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Photos from all over the world. You nearly forget that there is not only place in the world. The photographer visit lot of places in the world and make photos of the people who live there

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