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National Museum of Natural History (Naturalis)

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Address: Darwinweg 2, NL-2300 RA, Leiden, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 31 71 5687600
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If you thought Natural History museums had to be stuffy and messy like in London and New York, think again! Naturalis is a modern, clean museum completely focused on combining... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 7, 2016
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Gaziantep Province, Turkey
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Holland
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83 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

Went here with my family expecting that there would be more interactive exhibitions. The museum has a nice collections, but the whole concept is a bit unorganized with many walkways and no clear directions. The exhibition with Freek Vonk was fun for the kids, but this could have been done a bit more elaborate. The restaurant was slow with limited... More 

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Gaziantep Province, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

If you thought Natural History museums had to be stuffy and messy like in London and New York, think again! Naturalis is a modern, clean museum completely focused on combining educating with a great day out. the exhibit design is fresh and very 'alive' ....they've taken the darkness out of the exhibits most of these museums have. Great day out... More 

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Houston
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

Perhaps it is not fair to compare a natural history museum in Leiden to that of London, or Houston, or other large cities. However, this is supposed to be the "national" museum of natural history, and I expected more. The collection of preserved animals is pretty standard and the fossil collection was small and lacking impressive displays.

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

I have visited the museum on numerous occasions already- it is a great source of information from everyone age 2-100. Plenty of things to keep kids interested & entertained about nature, grown up won't definitely be bored either. In the next weeks the museum will acquire a skeleton of T-Rex to enhance its collection so even more of a reason... More 

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

We visited Naturalis when we had pouring rain on a day during our recent Dutch holiday and couldn't have been more pleased with this 'back up' option. My children are 6, 3 and 1 and the older two had a fantastic day. The museum is quite large and will require around three hours to do it justice. It's packed with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

Went there mainly to view the photos of "Wildlife Photographer of the Year" ( an event organized by the Natural History Museum of London ) and they were wonderful and totally stunning. Unfortunately the exhibition ended on 29 May 2016.....

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Burnham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

Came with our nephew and we spent the day there and still did not do it justice. Its the interactive side of things that make it so good for the kids and in all fairness I learnt loads and am looking forward to going back when he is a bit older. Also compared with some of the attractions in europe... More 

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

I visit regularly Naturalis. This time to see the exebition "wildlife photographer of the year". Its fun and educational for all ages.

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

We went here with four children, two a bit too young (mine) and two older ones in the age of 6 and 9. All the children loved it, but specially for the older ones it was very interesting. There are so many animals on display, but also other things to discover a really fun time for the children and they... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

Both fun and educational to visit, this museum teaches both young and old about the wonderful world of dinosaurs, biology and animals.

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