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National Museum of Natural History (Naturalis)

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Address: Darwinweg 2, NL-2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 31 71 5687600
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: City walk sightseeing

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We had a couple of hours to spare before catching a train to the airport and went here following recommendations on Tripadvisor. Very interesting place and some super exhibits... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Irish Sea
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We had a couple of hours to spare before catching a train to the airport and went here following recommendations on Tripadvisor. Very interesting place and some super exhibits. Couldn't have spent longer looking around!

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Willemstad, Curacao
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Grand scope and easy to follow exhibits. Well laid out with a plethora of information. Especially good for kids (you will find them in abundance)

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Medina, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This is a beautiful museum and great for children. It is very easy to navigate and they have a lot to interact with. If you are mainly English speaking it could get a bit difficult but it is still a good experience to look around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is a very extensive museum about plants, animals and the earth. It has many interactive elements geared towards kids of different ages. It really gives a nice view of the diversity of all living things on our planet. Kids will have fun here. In a 2 or 3 hour visit you won't be able to really see everything. I'm... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

They've indeed got a wide collection. I started at the lower level where the dinosaurs are at. Dissappointed immediately, everything was written in Dutch. Not able to read, I felt like an 8 yr old walking around just seeing. I hope the museum folks add an English explanation as well. They are hoping to get a T-Rex sometime next year.... More 

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Overwhelming collection of almost everything that lives and lived. I found it pretty disordered. It is difficult to get info about what you see. On the positive side, there are many games and attractions for the kids.

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

I love this place as it has so many animals on display, for anyone who is fascinated or atleast curious about biology this is a must!

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TLV
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We (2 adults, 2 kids - 8 and 5 y.o) had a great time in Naturalis. You can easily spend 3-4 hours there. Very very impressive collections, and stunning interactive learning playground introducing sciences to kids in a fun way. Full-scale dinosaur fossils. Enjoy!

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Lots of variation, of which not a lot interested me, except for the hominin skull replicas. Lots of pesky kids.

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I grew visiting London museums thinking they were the gold standard but this one takes the medal, I don't speak Dutch but felt I learnt as I went along anyway. Well worth the entry cost and great for kids.

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Additional Information about National Museum of Natural History (Naturalis)

Address: Darwinweg 2, NL-2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 31 71 5687600
Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  South Holland Province  >  Leiden
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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