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National Museum of Natural History (Naturalis)

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Address: Darwinweg 2, 2333 CR, Leiden, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 31 71 5687600
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Naturalis is housed in a fantastic building - the layout of the galleries and space are a lesson in museum design. The dinosaur collection was vast and impressive, in particular... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Jayestar
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

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25 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Visited on a wet Sunday in August So for UK visitors not much in English but it didn't seem to mind great layout of dinosaurs and how the earth evolved . Spread over 5 floors lots to see,was busy but not crowded it's a bit of a walk from the car park. Think it was 54 euros including parking two... More 

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I can see kids enjoying this place a bit...there are some activities for them and the exhibits could be educational. For adults, however, it is boring and totally uninteresting, unless you have never learned a single thing about natural history before. Apparently, it is getting a T-Rex skeleton soon...that could make it worth a trip.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Naturalis is housed in a fantastic building - the layout of the galleries and space are a lesson in museum design. The dinosaur collection was vast and impressive, in particular the Camarasaurus and Mammoth, as was the collection of animals and specimens of species. The interactive galleries left a little to be desired as some parts were broken or in... More 

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow, what a fantastic place. It cost us €12 for an adult and €9 for our 11 year old. Worth every penny. The place is vast. Thousands of exhibits and lots of touchy feely activities for the kids. All the exhibits have an English translation for those non-Dutch speakers. We called in expecting the spend a couple of hours there... More 

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Holland
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91 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
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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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
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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