Museum De Lakenhal
Museum De Lakenhal
4.5
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!
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Kit
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
This is an interesting art and history museum which frequently has great temporary exhibitions. The building itself is fascinating, with different sections built in different eras, giving it the feel of multiple museums in one. The art on display also comes from different eras. We enjoyed seeing Rembrandt's earliest paintings, reunited here temporarily.

Museum Pass (Museumkaart) holders must have their passes scanned at the front desk and so will need to queue with everyone else if it is busy (unlike in some other museums, where you can scan your pass yourself and walk in).
Written March 1, 2024
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Pepperwell
Bath, UK29 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
A beautifully housed collection of dull exhibits. A couple of very early Rembrandt. Otherwise, likely to appeal to those with an interest in second rank, Dutch, 17th century art and the cloth industry. Entry price, €16 per person.
Written October 27, 2023
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dar268
Greater London, UK183 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
The museum surpassed expectations. It’s a beautiful building with an interesting history linked to the textile trade and the collection was very good… from Renaissance to modern. The Lucas van Leyden altarpiece is naturally the standout but I also enjoyed the Jan Lievens pieces plus it’s fun to see Rembrandt’s awkward early paintings with only little traces of the greatness that was to follow. I enjoyed the two songs on the music app inspired by the Leyden altarpiece! It was Saturday but still very quiet when I was there so it was very peaceful. The cafe was lovely and the staff were particularly welcoming. There was a temporary exhibition on David Bailly which was well conceived and had some fine loan pieces. One of the most thoughtfully curated museums.
Written May 27, 2023
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sitdeus
St. Albans, UK78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Well kept museum with a great insight into Leiden’s history. However the stand out work is Lucas van Leyden’s stunning painting of the reality of what will happen on the Last Day when Jesus returns in judgment. His graphic picture of people being dragged by their hair into the jaws of a firy hell are a hard but needy reminder of what is going to happen when Jesus returns Claiming it is a myth won’t help.

A good copy of the ponying is on display in the St Peterskirk.
Written April 25, 2023
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HappyToTravel
Helsinki, Finland577 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We did not plan to visit this museum but very glad that we did, come really great works on display, also a great building to visit that has a lot of history of it's own
Written November 20, 2022
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Dutch Brother
Boston, MA552 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
This is a great city museum and should not be missed. It is a combination art and history museum, but what art and history. They have three Rembrandt paintings from when he lived in Leiden, as well as numerous other 17th century Dutch Golden Age paintings. The history side of the museum emphasizes the linen industry which led to Leiden's rapid growth and prosperity during the 1600s. Lakenhal means drapers hall. This building is where the drapers guild did their business, mainly enforcing quality standards, so there is a good exhibit about that. The museum is well laid out, and the exhibit spaces are attractive. It is just the right size, large enough to be worth the visit, but not too big to see it all in an hour or so.
Written October 5, 2022
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Michael P
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
This is a complete gem of a museum and was a high point of our recent trip to the Netherlands.
It is beautifully restored and well laid out. It deserves to be better known and more visited.
Written August 31, 2022
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Peter A
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
A wonderful museum explaining the origin of wealth in the city and displaying art from the period and related to the . All well curated in the building most central to quality control of the textile industry in the 17th Century.
Written July 27, 2022
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oyyveyy
Orange, CA722 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
Well curated museum focusing mainly on the history of Leiden and its place in the fabric trade. Many great pieces of art to illustrate the time period.
Written April 11, 2022
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Frankstertrip
Leiderdorp, The Netherlands712 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Family
Nice museum with some activities for younger children. For the really small ones (<5 years) it can become a bit boring though, but older ones can find enough fun in the 'drawers' throughout the premises.
Written February 27, 2022
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