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“While in Leiden - you should visit”
Review of Museum Volkenkunde

Museum Volkenkunde
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Private Guided Tour of Center and Prehistoric Antiquities Museum with Art...
Ranked #2 of 65 things to do in Leiden
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Owner description: Museum Volkenkunde is a museum about people housed in a historic building just five minutes' walk from Leiden's central station. A huge totem pole greets visitors as they enter the museum through the garden. Museum Volkenkunde presents regularly changing exhibitions and its permanent display features objects from eight different cultural regions. Objects that all have a story to tell about humankind.
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“While in Leiden - you should visit”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

Museum of a very high quality. Very good for the whole family. Allow at least an hour and a half to cover the whole exhibition

Visited January 2013
Thank Simon F
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Leiden, The Netherlands
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Very nice museum, even for non-museum lovers”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

Not being a museum lover myself, but wanting to show family a museum in Leiden, made the choice to visit the Museum voor Volkenkunde. Having everything in Dutch and English was helpful for the family coming over from the UK.

The museum displays lots of items from different countries and different cultures, which brings a lot of variety to the visit. The special exhibitions, in our case the Terra Cotta Army, the history of the Totempole and jewelery from India, were definitively worth while.

Visited December 2012
Thank Jasper V
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Brussels, Belgium
Level 6 Contributor
117 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Best museum of Leiden!”
Reviewed December 19, 2012

I love this museum. The information is both in English and Dutch, so it's also worth the visit for people who don't speak Dutch. If you love other cultures and countries, this is the place to be! It's diverse, every continent is represented. They have unique objects, fascinating images. I could spend hours and hours in this museum. Also, it's one minute walking from Leiden central station, so the location is great as well.

Visited June 2012
Thank MA891
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London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Fantastic and small enough to take most of it in in one day”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

Such a great place to spend a day if you lke to learn about different cultures. Shows you a lot of Suriname history as it was once a Dutch colony, and others from all arounf the world. Lovely cafe and cakes too! Shop has some great books for adults and children alike.

Visited October 2012
Thank sunlinggal
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Leiden, The Netherlands
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Nice museum”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

Good collections from the pole areas, Asia, Africa. Great 'speurtochten' (treasure hunts) to keep the kids happy & amused. Nice new building, going thru some renovations so check the website for which exhibits are open.

Visited September 2012
Thank Davis123
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