Leiden American Pilgrim Museum

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Leiden American Pilgrim Museum

Leiden American Pilgrim Museum
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1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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elwiruniaxd
Leiden, The Netherlands4 contributions
Friends
Great little museum, absolute gem for people interested in history. The lady who gave us the tour knew everything! Whatever question I asked she knew the answer and could tell a wonderful story about each item. Highly recommended!
Written February 14, 2020
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Historical Amsterdam Tours
Amsterdam, The Netherlands13 contributions
Couples
This was a very nice experience, walking straight into the early 17th century. It was as if we'd visit William Bradford himself in his humble home.
It's tiny, but the collection and the explanation of the host made up for this.
I'd recommend reserving a visit when in Leiden.
Written June 30, 2020
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John G
Woodbridge, VA30 contributions
Couples
As others have said, this offers a much broader experience about Dutch history and not only about the Pilgrims. Dr. Bangs is a fount of knowledge and stories about Dutch medieval and Reformation era history, as well as the author of tremendously important scholarship on the Pilgrims themselves. The museum is indeed small, but not only is the house the oldest in all of Leiden (1300s), but every object in it is a history lesson in itself. I learned that if you don’t know what question to ask, just point at an object and say, “Tell me about that” and Dr. Bangs will recount a fascinating bit of history. So whatever your area(s) of interest (the Pilgrims, Dutch history, architecture, the Church, social history or even furniture), you’ll find this to be a rewarding and highly personal experience. I don’t know any other museum where the Curator will give you a personal tour and tell you all about any item in the museum that interests you for as long as you wish. All for 5 Euros. You can’t beat it.

I enjoyed reading this University of Chicago Magazine article on Dr. Bangs and the museum before our visit:
http://mag.uchicago.edu/law-policy-society/going-dutch
It prompted me to ask a number of follow-up questions that I wouldn’t otherwise have known to ask about, and that led to some very interesting explanations by Dr. Bangs.
Written August 1, 2015
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drewdraws2
Leiden, The Netherlands28 contributions
The first thing you should know about this Museum is that it is really just one of the oldest houses in Leiden with an extraordinarily knowledgable guide, rather than a true Pilgrim Museum. That said, it is a fascinating look into the life of those living in the period that the Pilgrims spent in Leiden, and also a rare chance to visit a 700 year-old house that is still actively lived-in (upstairs). The museum is a single room (a separate house next door is sometimes available) filled with authentic pieces of furniture and items from the period, all overseen by a curator of seemingly infinite knowledge on the subject.

It is very affordable, doesn't take long, and incredibly interesting. The American Pilgrim Museum is absolutely worth a stop, whether you're following in the footsteps of the Pilgrims themselves or simply seeking insight into how people lived in Leiden in the early 17th Century.
Written January 6, 2012
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TravelerWithOpinions
Boston, MA427 contributions
Couples
The American Pilgrim Museum in Leiden is only open Wednesdays through Saturdays 1-5 pm.

If you can't visit it then, stop by the Leiden Visitors Center near the Central Station and ask for the "Leiden Pilgrim Tour" booklet (with map). It provides information about 15+ sites related to the American Pilgrims' time in Leiden between 1609 and 1620.

Hint: The monument commemorating the Pilgrims' departure from Leiden is relatively modern and tucked below Boisotkade near the Vliet Canal.
Written April 24, 2013
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Chris S
Newnan, GA96 contributions
Couples
We spent the 2015 Thanksgiving holiday in Leiden and had been told beforehand that the American Pilgrim Museum was a 'must see.' Having been there for ourselves, we agree that it is. It's hard to explain this but the museum is more of an experience than a museum. By that I mean is isn't a collection of artifacts under one roof, it's instead an attempt to let visitors step in to the 17th century world. And it pulls that off wonderfully. The structure is the oldest home in Leiden and nothing separates you from the pieces in their collection--I was thumbing through a bible on the table and was told that it was a copy of the Geneva Bible published in 1615. I was amazed that the curator let me even touch it, let alone hold it and look through it. And, speaking of the curator, Dr. Bangs is a wealth of knowledge about the pilgrims and is happy to answer any and all questions. if you're anywhere near Leiden, stop in for a visit here, it will be well worth your time. If you're there on Thanksgiving he opens it free to the public, though we left a nice tip to let him know how much we enjoyed the experience.
Written December 26, 2015
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Dimitrios K
Leiden, The Netherlands116 contributions
Solo
A window in the life of seventeenth century English pilgrims. It is a hidden gem in the heart of Leiden.
Written August 2, 2015
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annede99
Ede, The Netherlands60 contributions
Couples
We went to the museum twice, the first day it was closed. The next day the door was closed, we looked through the window and saw light. Finally a man came to the door, and asked us what we wanted. Well we wanted to visit the museum. He said rudely we should have pushed the door harder because it was open! We had already seen 5 other people leave after not getting the door open. We decided it was not worth the money because of his attitude. After we left he shut the door again.
Written November 12, 2014
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Several days ago I saw some people walk up to the door of the museum, on which there is a sign when the museum is open that says "open." They then turned away and walked up and down the street a bit. Often Dutch people are interested by the museum building, peer in the windows, read the sign on the door and decide that paying 5 Euros to see the oldest house in Leiden (built in 1370) and learn about the Pilgrims (whose importance to America is greater than their importance to the Dutch) is too expensive. I do not bother them. But when these people appeared to be possibly interested, even though they had not knocked on the door or rung the bell, I opened the door and asked if they wanted to visit the museum. (I did not ask "what they wanted," as they put it.) The man started immediately complaining that they had come earlier on a day when the museum is not open, despite the fact that the museum's opening days are clearly indicated on the museum's website and in numerous tourist guides. I asked if, since they were now at the museum on a day it is open, they wanted to visit the museum. The man continued to complain, indicating that in his view it was misleading to have a door sign that said "open" when the door itself was closed and did not open to his pushing it. Of course the door is closed - it is part of our security. When people knock or ring the bell, I open the door. After i again asked if they would like to visit, he indicated that he felt some sort of apology was due, and said further that they now no longer had time or interest. So I shut the door and went back to my research, which is what I do when there are no visitors. If I ran a review of visitors, I'd give him no more than one star. But I imagine that he will cherish his sense of grievance at least until the next situation he confronts does not meet his expectations.
Written November 13, 2014
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roslu
New York City, NY51 contributions
Family
Did you know the Pilgrims's voyage started in Leiden? I didn't, but thanks to Jeremy Bangs the Director of the Leiden American Pilgrim Museum Foundation, I found out more about the Pilgrims that I thought possible. This is a tiny museum, only two separate rooms in the oldest building in Leiden, but it gave us a chance to learn about the daily life and culture of the pilgrims in an authentic setting. Mr. Bangs is an American historian who knows all there is to know about them and possibly more! After a brief introduction, he answered our questions with expertise and wit. His great knowledge and sense of humor made history come alive,.. no pre-made speech here! It was one of the most interesting and informative experiences I ever had! The American Pilgrim Museum in Leiden is only open Wednesdays through Saturdays 1-5 pm. We delayed our departure for Amsterdam in order to visit it and it was well worth it!

Written March 29, 2014
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MTRoamer
Missoula, Montana, USA184 contributions
Family
As a descendant of Elder William Brewster, my son was able to touch and see his 13x Great Grandfather's home as it would have looked during his lifetime. It was exciting and worth the stop for us due to it's special meaning to the family. It may not be the exciting adventure others may be looking for. The room is small & dark, but so full of history.
Written August 8, 2016
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