National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden)

National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden)

National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden)
4.5
Speciality MuseumsArt MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The National Museum of Antiquities is housed in an old monumental building and ‘Begijnhof’. It is the Dutch centre for archaeology. A large part of the collection consists of objects related to ancient Egypt. Unique is the two thousand year old Egyptian temple in the central hall of the museum. Besides ancient Egypt, the museum covers the Middle East, the Classical world and the early history of the Netherlands. The entire collection consists of more than 80,000 objects, including statues of Roman emperors, Etruscan tomb finds and mummies.
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  • Noraatc
    Sudbury, Massachusetts38,333 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent museum of antiquities
    It is not a small museum - its collection of Egyptian, Etruscan, and Greek and Rome antiquities is superb and wonderfully presented on its three floors. The only drawback is that the signage is mostly in Dutch, but the English audio guide is available. The ticket costs 14 Euros.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 15, 2023
  • ianrS6664WQ
    Glasgow, United Kingdom38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative canel side museum.
    This museum has a large collection of ancient Egyptian (supported by Greek and Roman) artefacts. One of the 4 places in the world to see a saved Nubian temple - it's the Temple of Taffeh here - enclosed in the entrance hall. The museum has plenty of audio guides and lockers (all free) and is much quieter than the packed museums 35 minutes by train in Amsterdam. Over 3 floors, the museum has exhibits specific to the Netherlands (including a wonderful exhibit tracing human habitation in the area) and many to interest the international visitor.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 25, 2023
  • hrtraveler
    Colorado1,090 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A superb museum
    Nothing short of superb. The museum has an amazing collection of Greek and Roman artifacts, and the section on Roman items found in what is now the Netherlands is fascinating and informative. Our visit started with the temple from Egypt sitting in the lobby(yes, that's right) which comes with its own light and sound show. If you are in Leiden, definitely go. And if you're visiting Amsterdam, it's just a short train ride away. This is a thoughtful and accessible museum; a real gem.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 22, 2024
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albertv1527
Utrecht, The Netherlands674 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
Excellent museum with lovely permanent collection (Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Dutch archeology sections) and superb temporary exhibitions. The Egyptian section is surprisingly large, varied and of outstanding quality. It even includes a complete and well preserved Egyptian temple. The setup of Dutch archaeology makes for a wonderful ambiance. Highlights here include 3500 years old ritual swords and a coffin which inside resembles a living room.
Allow 1,5 to 2 hours for the temporary exhibition and up to 4 additional hours if you want to see the complete permanent collection in detail.
Don't forget to get yourself a free audioguide.
There is a fine onsite cafe to have a break.
Written March 8, 2020
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JohnSt_2
The Hague, The Netherlands1,035 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Couples
We visited the National Museum of Antiquities under Corona rules. It is quiet and you never had so much space to visit the exhibition as now. There is something to everyone's taste. Textile, Glass and another small extra exhibition on the excavations in Saqqara, Egypt. Regular departments are open for Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Palmyran, etc. antiquities, as well as Dutch archaeology. You will find a well stocked bookshop and a coffee corner and cafetaria to round off your visit. This museum is certainly not forgetting children and organizes holiday activities for younger visitors.
Written June 23, 2020
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FerrisXL
Amsterdam, The Netherlands395 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Family
The museum surely is a gem with a stunning collection and highly recommended for adults and older children interested in history.

For families with younger children it is unfortunately less suitable. There is no children’s play area/playground as usually available in other museums and the museum itself is not that spacious.

The cafeteria on the ground floor is set up for couples/parties of 2- consisting mostly of small tables with 2 chairs; there is a note stating that it is not allowed to move chairs from one table to another.
The very few bigger tables which can accommodate more than 2 people were occupied by 1 or 2 people only or lacked sufficient chairs. Due to this we decided to have our snack after the museum visit elsewhere.
Written February 8, 2022
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA38,333 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
It is not a small museum - its collection of Egyptian, Etruscan, and Greek and Rome antiquities is superb and wonderfully presented on its three floors. The only drawback is that the signage is mostly in Dutch, but the English audio guide is available. The ticket costs 14 Euros.
Written October 15, 2023
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GJK1962-6
Haarlem, The Netherlands112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The place to be in the Netherlands if you like antiquities. This time we visited the Cyprus exhibition, which was really great. Beautiful exhibits (most from the Cyprus museum; suppose that is empty/closed now😊) with clear explanations, very good headphone-tour. But also the regular part is very good.
Written January 2, 2020
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Dutch Brother
Boston, MA552 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
As the name says, this is the national museum of ancient art, so despite being in Leiden, it is the best museum in the Netherlands for ancient art. The Greek art is centered around a collection of 96 vases that were bought as a group from an estate in Italy. The Egyptian collection has several beautiful mummies. There is even an entire small temple in the museum lobby. The Roman collection has great statues. This is a very high quality museum, not second tier at all. All three floors are easily accessed by a glass elevator. There is a small gift shop.
Written October 5, 2022
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Procaccia
Ness Ziona, Israel373 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This is a lovely museum, not too large, and the Egyptian collection is stunning, informative and of very high quality. There is also Greek, Roman, Etruscan and other rooms, all well presented and beautifully displayed. Highly recommended
Written July 15, 2022
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Steije H
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The museum is wonderful, but they've allied themselves with a seedy lotery named De Vriendenloterij. They wait for you at the entrance, and lure people in under false pretenses with seemingly 'free' tickets. But what they don't tell you clearly is that you enter an ongoing subscription. It's also extremely difficult to get rid of that subscription again. This seedy company has created an enormous obstacle course in that regard. This museum got in with the wrong crowd.
Written September 5, 2022
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ianrS6664WQ
Glasgow, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This museum has a large collection of ancient Egyptian (supported by Greek and Roman) artefacts. One of the 4 places in the world to see a saved Nubian temple - it's the Temple of Taffeh here - enclosed in the entrance hall.

The museum has plenty of audio guides and lockers (all free) and is much quieter than the packed museums 35 minutes by train in Amsterdam.

Over 3 floors, the museum has exhibits specific to the Netherlands (including a wonderful exhibit tracing human habitation in the area) and many to interest the international visitor.
Written October 25, 2023
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hrtraveler
Colorado1,090 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Nothing short of superb. The museum has an amazing collection of Greek and Roman artifacts, and the section on Roman items found in what is now the Netherlands is fascinating and informative. Our visit started with the temple from Egypt sitting in the lobby(yes, that's right) which comes with its own light and sound show.
If you are in Leiden, definitely go. And if you're visiting Amsterdam, it's just a short train ride away. This is a thoughtful and accessible museum; a real gem.
Written February 22, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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