Museum De Lakenhal

Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden: Hours, Address, Museum De Lakenhal Reviews: 4.5/5

Museum De Lakenhal
4.5
Art Museums • History Museums
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Museum De Lakenhal is the visual arts, history and crafts museum of the city of Leiden. The city’s illustrious past is highlighted in seven collection presentations, including The Cradle of the Golden Age, Leiden University City, The Siege and Relief of Leiden, and Seven Centuries of ‘Leids Laken’. The internationally renowned collection contains numerous highlights such as Lucas van Leyden’s ‘Last Judgment’ (approximately 1526-27), beautifully stained glass, and paintings by Rembrandt and contemporaries. Since 1874 the museum has been located in a monumental 17thcentury hall for woollen fabrics, carefully restored in 2017-2019 and expanded with modern architecture. The unique encounters between past and present that occur here make Museum De Lakenhal a source of inspiration for all!
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1-2 hours
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bernie
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Aug 2020 • Solo
In a beautiful building situated museum on Leidens history. Very interesting expositions about the early dutch cloth industry and Leiden as main dutch commercial center in the 15th century. Unfortunately, no signposting and rude and unhelpfull staff.
Written August 7, 2020
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Henk58
Rotterdam, The Netherlands2 contributions
Jun 2020
The exhibition on the pilgrim fathers was excellent. Never knew that Thanksgiving came from the Plymouth Plantation and that there were 90 locals present. More people then had survived the winter of 1619-1620. A pity that so few Americans visit at the moment with Corona because it s for them of course most interesting. Specially the ties with Amsterdam (English Church, Begijnhof) and Leiden compose a rather unknown history for most American visitors. But also for the Dutch their 17th. century ties to these first settlers is largely unknown. So the whole exhibition gives interesting insights in the time, hardships and lives of these settlers.
Written June 22, 2020
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Ronald_jelle
The Hague, The Netherlands2,635 contributions
Feb 2020
On the same day that we went to the Boerhave museum we also went here... It was and still is a very nice museum. It was my first visit since the closure.... It is nice to see it has more space for coats and a real cafe with some nice food, but I am still wondering when the extra exhibition space will be used, because that was still not open or used during our visit.

I am not a big fan of Jan Wolkers, so I didn't enjoy that part that much, but all the other stuff was and still is great, such as the last judgement by Lucas van Leyden, or any of the paintings of Jan Steen.

For those who want to read, or learn about the paintings you either download the App or read from the papers availablein Dutch and English in allmost all the rooms.

Since my last visit they did make it more interesting for children too... drawers with samples of fabrics that used to be sold here, tools and more.

Also this museum should be on your list.
Written February 28, 2020
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Bunter
Queensland, Australia25 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
This museum used to be a display of the cloth making and dying industry of Holland’s golden age and although there are still some exhibits left of that, the main attraction now is a superb collection of Dutch masterpieces. In particular the Jan Steen paintings are worth a visit.
Also it is just great to go to a museum without the huge mobs of tourists such as in Amsterdam.
Written February 19, 2020
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Rudolf B
358 contributions
Feb 2020
Excellent experience in this recently renovated museum.
Lots of paintings, art and artifacts hundreds of year of history. Well worth the visit, and we'll be back to visit some of the things we missed.
Written February 17, 2020
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Hermes_NL 🇳🇱
Amsterdam, The Netherlands19,833 contributions
Jan 2020
The Lakenhal is a museum about artists from Leiden (such as Rembrandt, who was born in Leiden) and art about Leiden. Formerly used as the centre of wool cloth (Laken in Dutch) testing and selling. It is quite a large historical building with plenty of references to the earlier use. Currently they have a wonderful temporary exhibition on the early life and work of Rembrandt, before he permanently relocated to Amsterdam. Many original works of the master on display! But the rest of the museum is also quite worthwhile with top notch Leiden related art from medieval to quite modern on display.
Written January 17, 2020
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Lilou
Leiden, The Netherlands23 contributions
Jan 2020
The building has been beautifully restored and the exhibition of young Rembrandt and the rest of the collection were amazing. However we encountered two unprofessional and rude security guards who unfortunately spoiled our afternoon at the museum. My cousin who has tongue cancer and has recently been operated took a sip of water from a small bottle she was carrying in her bag due to dryness in her mouth. The guard walked up to us in an aggressively manner and told us that this wasn’t permitted. I told him on her behalf (she doesn’t speak Dutch) that i could definitely understand the warning and tried to explain her condition. He told us in return that he had a cold himself and being ill was no excuse!! We were so shocked at this incredibly insensitive rude response that we were speechless.
After an hour and a half of entering the museum i was approached by another guard who said my handbag was too large to be walking around with. I told him that his colleague had seen my bag on entry and had let me through, why was it a problem now if it wasn’t a problem when entering??! I still had to leave the exhibition hall to put my bag in a locker which was truly interrupting. Ten minutes later, the same security guard (obviously frustrated by my comment) approached my cousin telling her to carry her bag (small hand bag) infront of her and not on her side.
The inconsistency regarding rules and regulations and the disrespectful/cocky approach of some members of staff clearly needs attention in this otherwise lovely museum.
Written January 10, 2020
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Lucipara
Glasgow, UK120 contributions
Jan 2020
A gem of a small museum in Leiden - its location, the building, the collection and now this wonderful exhibit of the early years of Rembrandt - you will see pieces that have never been shown together - many from far way, some from private collections. But even if you are too late for this exhibit, there much mroe to see and it won't take you a whole day or kill your feet.
Written January 4, 2020
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Colette B
Sutton in Ashfield, UK96 contributions
Nov 2019
Twenty euros each for visit to inc Rembrandts. Rooms need more seatings no space to appreciate the paintings and drawings. The rest of the museum was a bit disappointing really
Written December 1, 2019
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coby L
Summerland, Canada86 contributions
Sep 2019
Loved the photograph installation by the Belgium artist who documented the deconstruction of four homes tommakemway for new museum space. Fascinating!
Learned a lot about the history of Leiden thru this gallery visit,
The light in some parts of the building is superior!
Written September 22, 2019
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