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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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Great fun for children!

Very entertaining museum with nice activities for children and adults. Beautiful collections, with a T-Rex skeleton on the way.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum is absolutely amazing and too much to see in a day. Great for kids! Parking is quit far from the museum and general facilities like restaurants & toilets could use some approvements. We first checked the menu of the restaurant before going, but when w arrived they did not serve most of the dishes! The bar was messy... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great activity for a rainy day. Extensive collection and displayed in a manner that works for kids and adults.....however, I did find this more suitable for kids. Lots of stuff to look at. The animals are a favourite of the kids.

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Thank Lindsay K
Leiden, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very entertaining museum with nice activities for children and adults. Beautiful collections, with a T-Rex skeleton on the way.

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Thank _5i6_
Groningen, The Netherlands
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113 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

Great museum for adults and children. Covers fosils, geology, zoology. It has activities section and cafe (crowded). Recommended!

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Thank Nikonian76
Tel Aviv, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Spent a typical rainy day in the Netherlands... Very big exhibition with good access to kids to touch,listen and smell.

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Thank bmedvedev
Adelaide, Australia
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

The museum has 6 floors, but is surprisingly quite small. I found almost all the exhibits to be very heavily geared towards children, and I ended up not even spending an hour in the museum. The stuffed animal section is quite impressive, however.

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Thank purringcat
Leiden, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

This museum of natural history is suitable for a quick visit with small children and equally interesting for a long study of all the displayed knowledge. It is a short walk from the city center or railway station. The entrance building is historic and worth a visit on its own. The exposition is impressive, with a wealth of stuffed animals.... More 

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

I went during a special event which took place in the evening. I think it's a nice museum, some parts are interactive, but I was expecting more of it.

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Thank JohanLeiden
Leiden, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

For the most part, it is a standard natural history museum. It is a fun place to take your children or to spend some time looking at all those fossils and animals. Staff is really nice, and the place is easily accessible.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015 via mobile

The museum was 5 stories. We liked the ability to walk around the animals, fossils, and other exhibits. Parking was very difficult to find and we drove around for 30 min. Also we thought the Dinosaur exhibit was larger.

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