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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 22 Attractions in Leiden
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
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Rugby, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Enjoyed the displays especially around Japan and North America. However, coverage seemed to be skewed to parts of the world that align to Netherlands history - and I saw nothing about the tribal culture of rural India - a subject which interests me greatly and seems to be very little discussed.

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York, United Kingdom
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177 reviews 177 reviews
114 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

There is a great collection of objects here, but the English language descriptions was often a bit simplistic and did not reflect the shifting status of objects over time. There was also too strong a geographic focus on the classification system, while within the exhibits there could have been more thematic approach. Good new style display, and the photographs were... More

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Milan, Italy
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The ethnological collection is extremely rich and interesting, for both kids and adults. With authentic artifacts, photos, videos and recordings, there isn't a dull moment. We spent there almost five hours but could have stayed even longer!

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leiden
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The excellent collection, the constant renewing expositions, the sunday workshops, altough more appropiate for kids than adults, which it is a pity sometimes for me..Together with the Tropical Museum in Amsterdam and the one in Rotterdam, a trio of excellency!

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The Netherlands
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73 reviews 73 reviews
46 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Excellent temporary exhibits always, but permanent collection is in the dark (which I understand but really puts me off).

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Portland, Oregon
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6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The Jimmy Nelson photos are the highlight. But every geog. area is beautifully displayed. It is OK, folks, if you don't have the energy to study every spearpoint.

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Southport, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We spent a wonderful half day here & found plenty to keep four of us occupied & to talk about. The Jimmy Nelson photography exhibit was worth the entry fee on its own. The staff were lovely, the café was excellent & the food reasonably priced, generous & tasty. The air-conditioning was a blessing on a hot day too!

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White Plains, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

lots to see, many good examples of other Dutch and Flemish painters as well. Very comprehensive gift shop.

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Canberra
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

About ten years ago, this museum was effectively privatised. I feared for its future, but it is a triumph. The most impressive thing when I visited on a Sunday afternoon was that it was comfortably packed with people, including lots of children. Its displays are well done and the wonderful Japanese Buddhas shown in all their glory. There was also... More

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The Netherlands
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

There's a lot to see and experience. Children will find this museum interesting, too, especially the interactive possibilities, i.e. writing your own name in Egyptian hieroglyphs.

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