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National Museum of Natural History (Naturalis)

Address: Darwinweg 2 | P.O. Box 9517, NL-2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 31 71 5687600
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Ranked #5 of 21 Attractions in Leiden
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Attraction details
Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Paris, France
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Interactive "playrooms" in Dutch, English and French are very noisy with all the kids and really entry-level, focusing more on ethics than sciences (why DNA research,...). Collections are nice but not that extensive and only the animal names are translated ( English and Latin). Don't expect to learn too much.

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Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands
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6 reviews 6 reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Great visit last week. Lots of things to do. It's all about nature and earth from dinosaurs to the layers of the earth. But also about "nice to know" things on animals in all forms and shapes. Only comment is on busy days the elevator takes ages to make use of and the stairways are too busy. Also the signs... More 

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This is absolutely one of my favorite museums in Leiden. Super collection of stuffed animals and skeletons. All very nicely set up and with plenty of things to learn for both young and old. When our kids were young we would go there several times a year. With family and friends. And all the kids we brought along always had... More 

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This museum is very diversified. You can learn about anything between Earth's birth and future biotechnology. The different rooms cover different topics and inbetween you'll find Freek's favourite pieces that are explained with additional audio and video material. Unfortunately this is only available in Dutch, which is not handy for tourists with small children (although they can still watch the... More 

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Lisbon
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Nice place to go. Even in the winter time! Is exciting for children, and afterwards have a little snacks inside! I know you will be enthousiastic with the big animals.

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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68 reviews 68 reviews
31 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Every now and then there are nice exhibitions worth the visit. I like this place and the taxidermy collection they have is impressive. It's a great museum for a small town like Leiden and worth the visit, just don't expect to be wanting to come back any time soon. But isn't that the case with most museums? Just check the... More 

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San Francisco, California
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211 reviews 211 reviews
66 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Naturalis is worth the short train ride from Amsterdam. It's on the small side but the exhibits are well done. It's by no means one of the best natural history museums in the world, but it is good and we were glad we visited.

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Florida
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141 reviews 141 reviews
31 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

This is to some extent a traditional natural history museum with lots of bones and skeletons, gems and minerals and taxidermied animals. But it is also a museum in transition to one with more interactive exhibits and more opportunities to interact with real scientists. Where this is most evident is on the 4th and 5th levels in the Biotechnology, Super... More 

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Vitoria-Gasteiz, Pais Vasco, Spain
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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85 reviews 85 reviews
50 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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