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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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Voorschoten, The Netherlands
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49 reviews 49 reviews
30 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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Toronto, Canada
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305 reviews 305 reviews
114 attraction reviews
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

This is an excellent museum, with fine collections of artifacts from Indonesia, China, Japan, South Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. Of particular interest at the present time is the special exhibition of photos by Jimmy Nelson, complete with videos in which he explains his modus operandi in approaching the people of various remote regions. The displays are extremely user-friendly, with... More

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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168 reviews 168 reviews
34 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Modern museum, plenty to see, stairs and a lift, very good exhibits, especially liked Jimmy Nelsons photography, you could spend a couple of hours here, worth a visit

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This museum is outstanding -has an incredible collection. Staff is very helpful and grand too. My exhibition of wall hangings from Baker Lake in Nunavut - the Canadian Arctic, will be there through the end of August, then exhibited in Finland next. In Jan I was with this collection at the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm. Co-sponsored and funded by... More

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Germany
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014 via mobile

If you have little time in Leiden, this museum is a must-see. It is small and compact. Dutch once colonised Indonesia and along with this the museum shows artefacts and treasures from this part of the world. My main motivation was to catch Jimmy Nelson's photography exposition and it was good! We had portraits taken by the photographers there. There... More

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