Einstein's Sink

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Einstein's Sink
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Points of Interest & Landmarks • Universities & Schools • Educational sites
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 AM
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Einstein's Sink is a nearly 100 year old sink which was taken from the old physics building and installed in its current location in the 90's. This sink was used by many famous scientists, most notably Albert Einstein. The sink is installed in the De Sitterroom of the Oort building, this is a physics classroom and hence not always open for visitors. Ask to see it at the reception.
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lonewolf44
Kingston upon Thames, UK1,253 contributions
Leiden's most unlikely tourist attraction
Feb 2020
This sink has had quite a history. It's been saved from destruction twice, and been moved from its original location. And Einstein washed his hands in it, on one of his many visits to Leiden, as did lots of other prominent physicists, whose signatures you can find on a special wall display outside. The sink is in the Institute of Physics in the Bio Science Park. It's on the way to CORPUS. Go in to the Institute through its main entrance. Immediately to your left is the lecture theatre with the wall of physicists' signatures outside. Go in to the lecture theatre. The sink is tucked way in the back right corner. Make sure you wash your hands!
Written February 21, 2020
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To Beyond
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This sink has changed my life.
May 2019 • Solo
Legends say that if you wash your hands in this sink, you will be so filled with brilliant ideas that scientific papers will simply flow from you. Within seconds of washing my hands, I could feel the dry, crackly sensation of paper in my hands! Some of it might have been tissues, but I’m fairly certain that there was more to it. Ever since my visit I have felt an overwhelming urge to work day and night on my new and revolutionary ideas. I am currently exploring my latest theory of the beginning of everything, in which an immensely large gong was struck and the sound waves created our expanding Universe. I’m calling it the Big Clang, but please don’t steal my idea before I have had time to fully develop and publish it.
I highly recommend anyone going to Leiden to come and visit the sink. It also functions as a normal sink, in case you’re looking for that.
Written May 16, 2019
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brienanni
Kita, Mali192 contributions
Much more than a sink: the wall is signatures is awesome
Feb 2019 • Family
This looks like a joke, really, I should go visit a sink?! , but it is actually very much worth a visit, if you are in some way interested in the history of physics. The sink is a curiosity, but in front of the lecture hall there is the wall which was signed by famous physicists who visited Leiden in the golden age of physics. There is Einstein, Bohr, Schrödinger, Dirac, Heisenberg, Pauli, and many more. I enjoyed trying to decipher as many of the signatures as I could.
Written February 28, 2019
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Morr Man
2 contributions
A Humbling Experience
Jan 2019 • Friends
Truly a highlight of my lads holiday to the Netherlands. Amsterdam was fun and all, but this visit cemented our day trip to Leiden as the climax of our winter getaway.
Highly recommended. Taps in fully functioning condition. Sponges available.
The awkward searching for the lecture theatre, confused receptionist, and ominous corner where the sink is hidden is a huge part of its unrivalled charm.
I urge all who are a true fan of Einstein's work to get here as soon as possible.
Written January 11, 2019
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lookingforanupgrade
Perth, Australia5 contributions
Dripping with anticipation
May 2018 • Solo
A highlight of any visit to Leiden. So good, that I needed to pipe in. Surprised this attraction has sunk so low on the trip advisor list. It provides access to clean, potable water (hot and cold) INTO a building. Think of the lives it's saved. I'm washing my hands of this.
Written May 25, 2018
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GobboE
The Hague, The Netherlands99 contributions
Yes it is a sink
Sep 2017 • Solo
Yes, many, many famous scientists (among whom Einstein) have used this sink when it still hung at the Kamerlingh Onnes Laboratory ( located at city center). This sink was saved from demolition and got a new destination at the bioscience park far from city center. That it is saved is recommendable, that this old sink is hidden away in a quiet corner in a concrete lecture hall less so. Also, I really think that the high position this sink takes (it really is just a sink that is in use) on tripadvisor shows a good sense of humor.
Written September 26, 2017
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Andrei-Rares G
Cluj-Napoca, Romania1 contribution
best sink eu
Oct 2015 • Business
Sink of the year 10/10.

The sink is made of white porcelain has a drain and is in a white room. I'm very proud to have seen such a sink.
Written October 17, 2015
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Dominique P
1 contribution
Sink of knowledge
May 2015 • Solo
Hidden away in a corner of the lecture hall, it is not immediatly visible, but definately pretty cool :).
Written May 26, 2015
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Synethos
Leiden, The Netherlands12 contributions
Overflowing with History!
May 2015 • Solo
A historical sight for a historical city, very nice! It stands in a classroom so you can't just walk in, try to ask at the reception desk!
Written May 23, 2015
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