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Leiden American Pilgrim Museum

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Address: Beschuitsteeg 9, Leiden, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 071/512-24-13
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Wed - Sat 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Activities: City walk sightseeing

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Graduate history lesson

Unique history lesson in the small, oldest building in Leiden surrounded by dusty artifacts and centuries' old books. The proprietor/guide talks you through details of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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69 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

A window in the life of seventeenth century English pilgrims. It is a hidden gem in the heart of Leiden.

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

As others have said, this offers a much broader experience about Dutch history and not only about the Pilgrims. Dr. Bangs is a fount of knowledge and stories about Dutch medieval and Reformation era history, as well as the author of tremendously important scholarship on the Pilgrims themselves. The museum is indeed small, but not only is the house the... More 

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

A very interesting look at a medieval house that has been hidden for a long time. The man of the house will tell you about every old thing you point at in this little house. There even lies a 700 year old fish mummy, and some gorgeous old books.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Most museums are "read and look" experiences where you read a printed statement and look at an object. This museum, however, is very different. At the Pilgrim Museum, you are invited to ask questions of a very knowledgeable and interesting curator, Dr. Bangs. Because of my interest in the religious practices of the Pilgrims, he eagerly showed us (meaning 'allowed... More 

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Arlington, Texas
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12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Dr. Bangs is the curator of the two room museum, has written many books on the subject, and is the former curator of the Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts. All that set up is just to say how interesting it was to listen to him speak about the Pilgrims and that period in history as well as interact with the other... More 

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

As others have said, the museum is small -- tiny in fact. Interacting with Mr. Bangs and literally touching history, however, makes a visit to this museum something you may never experience elsewhere. My 8 year old son was allowed to sit in an 800 year old chair! Talk about memories and bringing history alive. Thank you, Mr. Bangs!

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

A wonderful little museum. It only has two rooms which can only be accessed by the curator or knocking. If no one answers at #9, the main entrance, try the door on the corner. While the rooms are small, the content is fascinating. The true treasure, however, is the gentleman who runs it. He is overflowing with information (or, as... More 

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Delhi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

As a history buff, this place was a treat for me. I liked the way Mr. Bangs explained the collection to us and took time to answer our questions. Discovered many little treasures there and loved the interaction with a lively and knowledgeable guide in Mr. Bangs. The exhibits were not in glass cases and he actually allowed me to... More 

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Reno
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Unique history lesson in the small, oldest building in Leiden surrounded by dusty artifacts and centuries' old books. The proprietor/guide talks you through details of the pilgrims' exile in Leiden before sailing to America. Open to questions he discussed the reformation, Leiden construction techniques, the influence of the Romans, the pilgrims experience in America, and any other historical question you... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

It's a little hidden, and you must ring bell to enter. Only two rooms, but unbelievable things from the pilgrims and the most amazing historian. The cathedral banner alone is worth going. Only two rooms, but really special things.

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