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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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York, United Kingdom
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177 reviews 177 reviews
114 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

There is a great collection of ancient objects here, many of which are well displayed and well presented. For those who do not understand Dutch, there are quite a few sections were there is not always an English translation (but in English museums, Dutch translations are very rare, so this is not a complaint, just a point to be aware... More

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The Netherlands
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

One of my children's favourite - excellent activities for children, and wonderful permanent and temporary exhibits. Great restaurant too.

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34 helpful votes 34 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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65 helpful votes 65 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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31 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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116 attraction reviews
193 helpful votes 193 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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186 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 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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168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
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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33 helpful votes 33 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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