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Municipal Museum of Leiden (Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal )

Address: Oude Singel 28-32, 2312 RA Leiden, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 31 (0)71 5165360
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Ranked #10 of 21 Attractions in Leiden
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: Museum De Lakenhal is the museum for the arts, crafts and history of the city of Leiden (NL). Since...
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Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Hours:
Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Museum De Lakenhal is the museum for the arts, crafts and history of the city of Leiden (NL). Since 1874 it has been housed in the Laecken-Halle (cloth hall), a 17th century city palace that once was the bustling centre of Leiden's cloth trade. Highlights of the collection are works by old masters such as Lucas van Leyden, Rembrandt and Jan Steen, but also works by contemporary artists such as Theo van Doesburg, Jan Wolkers and Erwin Olaf. The museum depicts the history of Leiden as from the relief of Leiden on 3 October 1574. Museum De Lakenhal features a wealth of beautiful period rooms and interior decorations. The original building was constructed in 1641 by architect Arent van 's-Gravensande and is one of the finest exeamples of Dutch Classicism.

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Leiden is the city where Rembrandt van Rijn was born. Leiden was also the cradle of one of the most famous Dutch painting schools: the Leiden school. So it’s no surprise that Leiden has a museum dedicated to painting. “Not a very popular one”, I thought, noting that a limited number of reviews had so far been made by the... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is a very fine art gallery within a beautiful building. There is some great early religious art as well as items from the Golden Age, the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and some fabulous twentieth-century art too. The building was the cloth hall and the exhibition on the cloth trade in the city was excellent, with some good interpretations of... More 

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newcastle
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We took the train to Leiden as Amsterdam was so hot and busy when we visited. This museum was fantastic, went to see the Flemish Masters, the Gerrit Dou exhibition was a bonus. And Leiden was lovely - quiet compared to Amsterdam!

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Afula, Israel
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33 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Between its permenant exhibition and the Gerrit Dou exhibition this museum offers visitors some great learning opportunities. Learn about the rise and fall of Leiden's golden age of fabric production and marketing. See cloth samples and weaving equipment as well as other historical (and elegant) artifacts. Learn about the labor intensive, and not so romantic, aspects of fabric and cloth... More 

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The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The museum has a good collection of 17th century paintings and also gives information about the history of the town. However, I feel that the art section overshadows the history section. More should be made of that.

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Toronto, Canada
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164 attraction reviews
280 helpful votes 280 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We went primarily to see the Leiden Collection of New York and were a bit disappointed that it filled only one room. The Gerrit Dou paintings, owned by a NY collector, are very fine, and there are also five works by artists associated with Dou, including a charming early work by his best-known and most talented pupil, Frans van Mieris.... More 

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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46 reviews 46 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

For the people that don´t go to museums a lot this museum is not that interesting. The museum looks nice, in the old building. A lot of small rooms. The paintings itself tell the story of Leiden, but it was not very interesting. Fun too see, if you have time left.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

A beautiful historic building featuring a collection of local painters mainly 17th century plus temporary exhibitions.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014 via mobile

OK, I admit I went in just wanting to see Rembrandt's works and was disappointed only to see a single, rather early one. Some rooms were temporarily closed though so there may be more. Anyway, I decided to relax and just see whatever else was there and suddenly in what felt like a tiny kitchen corridor, I came across the... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Beautiful building housing a vast art collection including paintings by Dutch Masters such as Jan van Goyen. It is worth doing the audio tour (included in the ticket price) for more information on the art on display.

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