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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 #4 of 21 attractions in Leiden
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Gouda
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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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6 reviews 6 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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143 reviews 143 reviews
9 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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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212 reviews 212 reviews
186 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 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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Germany
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
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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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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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156 reviews 156 reviews
82 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

One of my favourit museum in Holland. A superb collection displayed very well in a cool museumbuilding with excellent layout. always impressive to see lots of animals from the past an todat with lots of info! Also very suited for a trip with your kids!

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Lede, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

My girlfriend and I went for a museum afternoon and visited Naturalis. As a student you can enter for a low 4Eur fee, and the museum has a lot of rare animals and plants inhouse. In about 2 hours you can do the tour and see some impressive pieces of history!

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Cologne, Germany
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54 reviews 54 reviews
31 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

I liked the museum and would recommend it though 12 euro isn't necessarily cheap :/ Obviously fascinating were all the animals that were on display but also the other exhibitions about biotechnology and recent research which was on the top level were really interesting. All in all I can recommend the museum to anyone who's at least a bit interested... More

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

After a fifteen minute walk from the station the main entrance location was not obvious. Probably catered more for car and bus visitors. As two adults we found the exhibits and history of the museum very interesting. We were recommended by work colleagues and on the agenda to visit for almost two years. We were not disapointed. The variety of... More

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