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National Museum of Natural History (Naturalis)

Darwinweg 2 | P.O. Box 9517, NL-2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands
31 71 5687600
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Ranked #4 of 22 Attractions in Leiden
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Vitoria-Gasteiz, Pais Vasco, Spain
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I´ve been in many natural history museums and this is a nice one, but it´s not as fancy as others. I was expecting a larger collection in general. They have way too many fossils in my oppinion. Another bad thing is that all information signs are only in Dutch.

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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

Temporary exhibits are a bit hit or miss, sometimes great, sometimes dull. Visit the animal restaurant with small children and feed the animals!

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Edinburgh, Scotland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

The significant investment in this museum is clear to see - holding the kids (and adults) attention for hours on end, with imaginative layout, interesting and informative exhibits. And lots of fun. Perfect for a rainy day but also highly recommended any other time.

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Warsaw, Poland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The museum has a broad collection of stuffed animals, fossils, minerals and insects (among other things). Many descriptions were in English and very informative. We spent around 2 hours inside and visited every section. Kids will enjoy this museum as well because there are many activities and experiments that will tickle their curiosity

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

We visited on a Saturday morning & it was teeming with children. It was probably better for families with children of about 5 - 15 years & the interactive parts were mostly only in Dutch. Interesting but rather noisy for older visitors.

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Gouda
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I went with my 13 year-old brother and we really enjoyed it! All the animals, insects and prehistoric bones. Very educational and interesting. For foreigners it is not very interesting because everything is in Dutch. Elevator was for the disabled only, which is of course understandable but after like twenty stairs being able to use it would have been nice.... More

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Victorville, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The museum was nicely laid-out on multiple floors. One floor had a huge display of insects, plant seed pods, minerals and modern-day stuffed animals - all well displayed. There was also a room where you could watch researchers to their work and a cafeteria that offered snacks, light lunches and beverages.

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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155 reviews 155 reviews
9 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

We went round the museum on one of our last day in Lieden. It was a really great 1/2 day walking round this museum. Well worth a visit.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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212 reviews 212 reviews
186 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

modern building with a nice bookshop on natural history at entrance. When compared to historical natural history museum buildings abroad both the collection and the building in Leiden are average.

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Germany
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014 via mobile

We went there with our children, ages 8 and 11 and they both liked it. The museum is comprehensive with many sections, covering also biotechnology. There are many things for children to get hands-on there. Our children particularly had fun putting on the bee helmet and went around collecting nectar. A post in the middle indicates how much nectar has... More

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