National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden)

National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden)

National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden)
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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  • Dan K
    The Hague, The Netherlands7,292 contributions
    Wonderful visit, marvellous collection (but be sure to plan your journey!)
    Had a wonderful visit with my family. Loved the collection which is marvellous! Especially the artefacts covering ancient Egyptian time. To my personal opinion, only the British Museum in London can match this. The temporary exhibit (untill 15 march 2020) was on Cyprus. The museum consists of three floorws and is housed in a fantastic, historical building, in the middle of the historical town centre of Leiden (Rapenburg). It's completely accessible: we brought our 8 month old son in his buggy and had no problems in navigating the museum. Baby changing facilities are located in the disabled toilet on the ground floor. In the entrance hall of the museum you can find and visit the Temple of Taffeh (free of charge, as it is before the ticket barriers), which was gifted to the Netherlands. The audio tour is free of charge too (but behind the ticket barriers). Museum staff was very friendly and helpful. One note in regard to parking: some reviews here complain about parking, but this has absolutely nothing to do with the museum itself. People who complain about parking, have themselves to blame for not planning their journey properly: The museum is located in the middle of the historical city centre of Leiden. so it's completely logical that there isn't a large parking garage to accommodate visitors. My advice is to plan your journey ahead, be sure you know where to park in Leiden or check the museum website if you don't and/or are not familiar with the historical centre of Leiden. If you come by public transport: the museum is about a ten minute walk away from the Leiden Central station. Concluding this review: this is a must visit if you like museums with ancient artefacts!
    Visited March 2020
    Written March 9, 2020
  • Gordon E
    Brussels, Belgium465 contributions
    Great Special Exhibitions
    This museum has a great collection antiquities, but most importantly it does special exhibitions extremely well. I have seen a few temporary exhibitions here, most recently one of the emperor Domitian. The exhibit included some stunning pieces and was extremely well curated. Good curators really know how to use the display pieces to tell a story - superbly done in this case. On minor criticism is that the audio guides are really old style and need updating to more modern devices. Having said that, they are included in the entry fee ( of EUR12.50 for adults) rather than attracting an extra charge, which is nice.
    Visited May 2022
    Written May 22, 2022
  • Salamandrine
    35 contributions
    Splendid collection, well-presented as well!
    I have visited the museum twice now. The Temple of Taffeh in the main entrance room is superbly well-preserved, and there was an excellent light show playing on my second visit, which was most informative. The Egyptian collection is particularly special - a number of mummies and statues, but also a large number of fabulously preserved stelae as well as a range of other objects. A museum suited to both the specialist and the general tourist, well-laid out and modern.
    Visited August 2019
    Written January 22, 2020
  • albertv1527
    Utrecht, The Netherlands605 contributions
    Well presented excellent collection
    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.
    Visited March 2020
    Traveled solo
    Written March 8, 2020
  • JohnSt_2
    The Hague, The Netherlands962 contributions
    RMO never tires
    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.
    Visited June 2020
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 23, 2020
  • FerrisXL
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands392 contributions
    Nice museum- less suitable for smaller kids
    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.
    Visited February 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written February 8, 2022
  • GJK1962-6
    Haarlem, The Netherlands115 contributions
    Standard our special exhibitions: all great!
    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.
    Visited January 2020
    Written January 2, 2020
  • Dutch Brother
    Boston, Massachusetts560 contributions
    excellent collection of Greek, Roman and Egyptian art and sculpture
    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.
    Visited September 2022
    Written October 5, 2022
  • Procaccia
    Ness Ziona, Israel390 contributions
    An excellent Egyptian collection and mch more
    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
    Visited July 2022
    Written July 14, 2022
  • Steije H
    2 contributions
    A visit here can lure you into costly ongoing subscriptions under false pretenses
    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.
    Visited August 2022
    Written September 5, 2022
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albertv1527
Utrecht, The Netherlands605 contributions
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
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.

JohnSt_2
The Hague, The Netherlands962 contributions
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 Netherlands392 contributions
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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GJK1962-6
Haarlem, The Netherlands115 contributions
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, MA560 contributions
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, Israel390 contributions
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
2 contributions
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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paolovbossi
The Hague, The Netherlands837 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
Another museum visited with the museum card. What a pleasant surprise. The Egyptian collection is the best, a lot of artefacts and very well exposed. Also the Greek and theRoman is extremely interesting. The audio guide are free and in many languages. It is not too big so easy to be visited also with small children
Written September 12, 2022
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Martin L
Oberhausen, Germany47 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Wonderful experience, the staff i extremly helpful and friendly , on top of that , the knowledge is outstanding. A well balanced exposition , easy to understand ( the only negative point : not all object have an english label )
Highly recommendable for the expert and the novice in Egyptology.
The roman exibition is equally well layed out ( my personal preference , i didn't spend very much time in the roman exhibition due to my studies of Saqqara)
We will return very soon.
Written July 23, 2020
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LMK63
Guildford, UK589 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Excellent museum. Contents so well laid out. Lots to see - the Egyptian section was stunning. Very comfortable with benches for resting and a nice shop and cafe. The food, though not a massive selection, was good. Not to be missed.
Written May 21, 2023
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