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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: City walk sightseeing

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Out performs all UK museums

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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12 reviews 12 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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Innsbruck, Austria
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7 reviews 7 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 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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Leiden, The Netherlands
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70 reviews 70 reviews
31 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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74 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 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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193 reviews 193 reviews
50 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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