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Leiden American Pilgrim Museum

Beschuitsteeg 9, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Ranked #17 of 21 Attractions in Leiden
Type: History Museums, Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Wed - Sat 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Ede, The Netherlands
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We went to the museum twice, the first day it was closed. The next day the door was closed, we looked through the window and saw light. Finally a man came to the door, and asked us what we wanted. Well we wanted to visit the museum. He said rudely we should have pushed the door harder because it was... More 

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Jeremy_Bangs, Director, Leiden American Pilgrim Museum at Leiden American Pilgrim Museum, responded to this review

Several days ago I saw some people walk up to the door of the museum, on which there is a sign when the museum is open that says "open." They then turned away and walked up and down the street a bit. Often Dutch people are interested by the museum building, peer in the windows, read the sign on the... More 

Greensboro, North Carolina
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

For some untold reason, Dr. Bangs was not at the museum the day I visited;I got the impression that his wife didn't know where he was. Although she tried hard to step in, she is by no means the expert, and said so. She absolutely could have told us about other Pilgrim sites in Leiden but did not even do... More 

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Benicia, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Not at all what I expected. Very small (two rooms). But... the gentleman who is the curator is so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. In the 45 minutes we were there I gained more information and insight into The Netherlands, our own US history and world history.

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Arlington, Virginia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Very small museum run by the top person in Pilgrim History, Dr. Jeremy Bangs. He is a wealth of information.

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New York City, New York
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50 reviews 50 reviews
10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Did you know the Pilgrims's voyage started in Leiden? I didn't, but thanks to Jeremy Bangs the Director of the Leiden American Pilgrim Museum Foundation, I found out more about the Pilgrims that I thought possible. This is a tiny museum, only two separate rooms in the oldest building in Leiden, but it gave us a chance to learn about... More 

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Austin, Texas
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

This is not so much a museum as a tour of one of the oldest buildings in Leiden, full of artifacts and antiques, and with a brilliant curator who is one of the experts on Pilgrim History. The curator was extremely knowledgeable and although I've heard the story of the pilgrims my entire life, learned quite a bit of new... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013 via mobile

A candle lite single room in the oldest home in Leiden with a brilliant curator and guide, who literally wrote the book on pilgrim history. Come with questions and you will leave feeling like the story is much more rich than you imagined and wanting to come back.

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Victoria, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Although there are museum type objects, this is no ordinary "museum" experience, more a stepping back in time visiting a tiny late 16th century home and listening to stories and experiences from the time of the Pilgrim Fathers. The curator/archivist is very knowledgable. I have never felt this close to being inside a 17th Dutch interior painting with the light... More 

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Marblehead, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Though small, this two-room museum provides a rare look into the interior of what may be the oldest houses in Leiden. More than just a review of the Pilgrim experience in Leiden before a large group of the religious Separatists sailed famously to Massachusetts (long story there of course....), this museum can provide whatever -- and as much as --... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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85 reviews 85 reviews
17 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

The American Pilgrim Museum in Leiden is only open Wednesdays through Saturdays 1-5 pm. If you can't visit it then, stop by the Leiden Visitors Center near the Central Station and ask for the "Leiden Pilgrim Tour" booklet (with map). It provides information about 15+ sites related to the American Pilgrims' time in Leiden between 1609 and 1620. Hint: The... More 

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