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Leiden American Pilgrim Museum

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Address: Beschuitsteeg 9, 2312 JT, Leiden, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 071/512-24-13
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Small and Hot but Worth It

This museum is small... like two 15x15 rooms small. BUT everything in them is period appropriate. As you stand in these rooms you get to really step back and feel what it would be... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Nicole A

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is small... like two 15x15 rooms small. BUT everything in them is period appropriate. As you stand in these rooms you get to really step back and feel what it would be like to live in Leiden in the 1400's. The tour guide is extremely knowledgeable. It is not cool in these non air conditioned rooms, but it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's easy to overlook this tiny museum, which is actually a two room old Leiden apartment, but you really shouldn't. It's full of interesting artifacts and more importantly - stories. Those are told with humor by the avid historian running the place. He was keen to answer questions and even let our baby try out the old baby-chair. We enjoyed... More 

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Missoula, Montana, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016

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... More 

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Coram, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

There are few museums like this one, where the world's foremost authority on the Pilgrim Separatists conducts a running commentary on his subject and answers questions like a University professor ( with a keen sense of humor). If you would like to know more about the Pilgrims, Reformation politics and life in the 17th century, this place is a must-stop... More 

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Oakland, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

I really enjoyed the opportunity to visit the inside of such an old house and to see what life was like in the times of the Pilgrims. Our guide was very knowledgeable and Dr. Banks had interesting answers to questions about the Pilgrims and about Leiden and the Netherlands. If you enjoy history, you will enjoy your visit here. If... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

I live near Austerfield in England where William Bradford was born and I heard recently about this museum dedicated to the story of him and his fellow dissidents, so was keen to visit. And small though it may be this is a fascinating building full of fascinating artefacts run by knowledgeable and friendly people happy to talk about it. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

If you are interested in history this is a must visit museum. Leiden is where Pilgrims spent 12-years building ships before their launch and first travels to America! The museum is small, but an exciting 'must do'!

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Patterson, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Run by a dedicated historian, the insights of the proprietor are a huge part of the draw of this location. Being so small it does have limited hours, as the historian spends part of his day on this and the rest on academic pursuits related to the pilgrims.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

Check their website for open days and hours as they do change. Dr. Bangs quite literally wrote the books on the Pilgrims. There is no set narrative for this museum so educate yourself prior to your visit. It will make for a much more interesting visit. There are some amazing artifacts in this museum that make the Pilgrim life come... More 

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2016

This is a little gem of a museum! The expert is very quirky, intelligent and passionate. He loves it if you ask questions about anything and everything related to pilgrim history. Ask if he can take you to the other room next door. Make sure to look up the days it is open before making a spontaneous trip.

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