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National Museum of Natural History (Naturalis)

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Address: Darwinweg 2 | P.O. Box 9517, 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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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!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

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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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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37 reviews 37 reviews
27 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Leiden, The Netherlands
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This museum in Leidenprovides the general public with easy access to knowledge on nature and its huge diversity and beauty. It also provides insight into the processes going on in nature. You can get information and experience from exhibitions here and at other locations, and also at a distance via webcams, digital lessons and websites.

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

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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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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Innsbruck, Austria
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014 via mobile

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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