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Museum Volkenkunde

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Address: Steenstraat 1, 2312 BS, Leiden, The Netherlands
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+31 71 516 8800
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Museum Volkenkunde is a museum about people housed in a historic building...

Museum Volkenkunde is a museum about people housed in a historic building just five minutes' walk from Leiden's central station. A huge totem pole greets visitors as they enter the museum through the garden. Museum Volkenkunde presents regularly changing exhibitions and its permanent display features objects from eight different cultural regions. Objects that all have a story to tell about humankind.

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Started with the collection of von Siebold, the museum is nowadays a fantastic ethnological museum to be. In the different rooms you can get a good overview of different cultures... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Started with the collection of von Siebold, the museum is nowadays a fantastic ethnological museum to be. In the different rooms you can get a good overview of different cultures. It is ordered based on origin and time in history. At the time of my last visit an exhibition was organized around Buddha. The exhibition was extremely well-organized, with enough... More 

Thank A-flying-Dutchman
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Im not a huge fan of ethnological museums (I guess because they all more or less look the same?), but this was big, with lots of items, well organized and I particularly appreciated the temporary exhibition about Japanese cartoons.

Thank clelyssa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very friendly, helpful staff. We spent a few hours in here looking at their extensive collections of world artefacts. Really interesting and well thought out. Sometimes I had to look twice at things as some items are modern. Children seemed to enjoy the Japan exhibit. The actual building is airy and light with two or three floors and the café... More 

Thank thedoggroomerUk
Sofia, Bulgaria
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I truly regret that I had just 45 minutes to visit this museum. Its exhibition is great and tells the story both the Dutch encounters with different cultures and for the unique cultures too. Almost everything I saw there was unique. The museum was divided into several rooms - Asia, Africa, Oceania and there were also separate rooms for the... More 

Thank George_Rusev
Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very high quality exhibitions with good translations for all objects shown. The museum is a good mix between displaying contemporary and fun culture as well interesting history of peoples. The café is also worth a look.

Thank ParisianZee
Leiden, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

'Cool Japan' is the latest of the special exhibitions hosted by the museum (from yesterday to mid-September) and it is stunning. It shows examples of contemporary Japanese popular culture... its comics, films, amine, style, its ' cuteness' and its warrior culture and juxtaposes them with historical examples. It is a visual feast and an intellectual treat. The explanations are in... More 

Thank ArtyGr
Leiden, The Netherlands
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Reviewed March 14, 2017

The collection at this museum is super interesting! Lighting is great! I have done a gammelan workshop here with work, and that was a lot of fun. They put a lot of time and effort in their temporary exhibitions, which are amazing!

Thank Hanneke J
Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed March 6, 2017

Very good collection of cultural objects from Africa, Oceania, Australia, Islam, America and Asia. The African Bronzes and pre-Colombian objects are well worth seeing. The Ground floor has objects from Indonesia, the former Dutch colony, which go from the former Hindu religion to most recent objects. These are quite extensive and have a number of good Hindu statues. The other... More 

Thank Gerard_S77
Tilburg, The Netherlands
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Reviewed March 4, 2017 via mobile

The National Ethnographic Museum has an impressive collections of artifacts from all over the World. It is a delight to take a peek at different objects from different places and eras, all in a sequence that makes sense and connects to each other. The World of Feathers exhibition is pretty nice and eye catching. It keeps the visitor engaged from... More 

Thank Andre L
Oegstgeest, The Netherlands
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Reviewed February 19, 2017 via mobile

Went there with my daughter to see the temporary exhibition on feathers. It is an exceptional experience and we took opportunity to see the permanent exhibitions. A very nice museum

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