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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 #3 of 22 Attractions in Leiden
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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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

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
16 helpful votes 16 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
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
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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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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147 reviews 147 reviews
9 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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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211 reviews 211 reviews
185 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 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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Wassenaar, The Netherlands
18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Primarily we went there just to show the dinosaur bones to our little girl who is 3.5 y/o. We weren't expecting that she will enjoy the other areas of the museum as well. They have interactive exhibits in the upper level which are very educational. We are happy that they have 2 cafes to choose from. Menu has more variety... More

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