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National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden)

Rapenburg 28, 2311 EW Leiden, The Netherlands
(31) (0)71 – 5163 163
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Ranked #5 of 22 attractions in Leiden
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, History Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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66 reviews 66 reviews
17 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

I am an Egypt fan and this museum has a very nice collection, with some master pieces of the 19th Dynasty: Maya on itself is worth the visit. Don't forget to have a look on the other floors as this is also very much worth a visit!

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Singapore, Singapore
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30 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

this place has a very good egyptian collection. the only world famous egyptian item on the list would be the statue of the scribe. however, apart from that this place is stocked with stuff from the everyday lives of the people. gives you a real chance to associate with the daily pulse of life in old egypt. the collection of... More

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Afula, Israel
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30 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Though I only saw the ancient Egyptian section, I was impressed and learned quite a bit. The collection might be small, but the objects on display are quite magnificent. They are well preserved and presented aesthetically with informative notes. You will find much material culture; browse and read about inscriptions, tombs, bas-reliefs, a miniature pyramid, children's games, colorful jewelry and... More

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Toronto, Canada
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108 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The collection of Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities is not particularly large compared with similar museums in larger European cities, but it provides a good introduction to the field. What made our day, however, was the special exhibition on the Merovingian period (400-700 AD). When I was an undergrad, these centuries were presented as the darkest of the Dark Ages.... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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185 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

For a dutch museum the collection is quite impressive but compared to mayor international museums this is a small collection. Temporary exhibitions are often presented in modern style but the permanent collection is presented in a slightly dated, educational style, not showing the full potencial easthetic beauty of some objects. as one would imagine Dutch archeology is less spectacular to... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Expected more Dutch history. How did the country evolve after the Roman empire? Museum focused on non-Dutch antiquities

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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65 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

This is a beautiful museum with large collection artifacts from the ancient cultures of Egypt, the Roman Empire and the Near East. The collection of ancient Egypt is superb. On the top floor is an exhibition of the archaeology of the early Netherlands. The items on display are very informative and you can wonder around for hours. Some items on... More

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Arnhem, The Netherlands
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

We've visited because of the exhibition about Petra, Wonder in the desert. Its a temporary exhibition about the most famous city in Jordan. I allways wanted to go there, and now I got to see a nice collection in The Netherlands. It is not just one room, but is set on several levels of the museum. Besides this, the permanent... More

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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77 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

If you like antiquity museums this is the museum you have to visit in the Netherlands. Their permanent collection with Germanic and Roman finds in the Netherlands is wonderful, as well as artifacts from the Middle-East and Egypt. The current temporary Petra exhibition is also worth a visit, especially since I visited Petra myself several years ago. Includes some old... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

I was thoroughly amazed and delighted with their Ancient Egyptian art collection! At the time I visited there was a fantastic exhibit on Petra and also enjoyed learning about the Nabatians. The exhibit on the top floor about the history of Holland is so interesting to see and read about. The place is beautiful both outside and inside. Only suggestion,... More

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