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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
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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It is a really interesting museum, where you can learn a variety of facts for many cultures. It is really close to leiden centre. The only thing I did not like so much was the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Katerina K
Θεσσαλονίκη, Ελλάδα
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Θεσσαλονίκη, Ελλάδα
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It is a really interesting museum, where you can learn a variety of facts for many cultures. It is really close to leiden centre. The only thing I did not like so much was the feather exhibition. It was so big, occupying an important part of the museum, and , in my opinion, was not so interesting.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Museum has a very good collection and it is worth spending time going round. We were here for a good two hours. Good interactive labels in both Dutch and English. We thoroughly enjoyed their current exhibition on feathers - but sadly no catalogue.

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Herent, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is always nice to visit this museum. A very nice collection and a theme about the use of feathers during the ages (and cultures). Very nice displayed and child friendly. Not the biggest museum in Leiden but as part of a bigger tour, a must see. Will be back for sure. Just bring a torch light because the whole... More 

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Commana, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is the most popular museum of Leiden. If you like humans and humanities, you will enjoy it. They have always some thematic exhibitions which are well done.

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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

There is so much to see here it would be easy to be totally overwhelmed by it. Have a plan to see key things - or make return visits Dont try and do it all in one visit unless you have incredible staying power!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016

Our visit to the museum was very enjoyable and informative. The ethic displays are very well executed. We very much appreciated the Buddha room. There was a special feather exhibit which was outstanding. Several mannequins were dressed in feather dresses and coats. The display was fascinating. A huge bird cage included many types of birds. Overall, it was an exceptional... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016

This is the type of museum that is best visited a little bit at a time and return multiple times. If attempting to see it all at once, one can quickly become overwhelmed.

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Longboat Key, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

Separate rooms/displays for global regions like Africa, Asia, Mid-East. Displays were interesting and informative and often linked the Netherlands connection to them.

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

Volkenkunde ("Folk's Art") has a large collection of artefacts from different cultures, and a large exhibition space. The artefacts are arranged according to their land of origin. There is also a Buddha room. I enjoyed gazing at artefacts and reading the information available. I did get tired after an hour: possibly because of low lighting and my lack of knowledge... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

This is a gem of a museum if you are into cultural history. Just be sure to leave enough time in your itinerary for this visit as the museum is quite big and the exhibits time consuming if you really want to learn about the different cultures. Exhibits are interactive as well and kept in a pristine condition. One of... More 

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