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“Great expositions, nice temporary exhibition of Mekka”
Review of Museum Volkenkunde

Museum Volkenkunde
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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.
Geneva, Switzerland
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129 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great expositions, nice temporary exhibition of Mekka”
Reviewed February 23, 2014

The museum exposes some very nice pieces of art, and the temporary exhibition of Mekka is really interesting. The price is on the high side though with an 11Eur/person entrance fee.

Visited February 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Small, but impressive.”
Reviewed January 4, 2014

I came to see their West New Guinea collection, acquired during the former Dutch colonial possession of the western half of New Guinea. It is now called West Papua, under Indonesian rule. The West Papuans are rapidly losing their material culture under Indonesian rule, and their art is not easy to find in world museums. This museum has one of the better collections on display, as does the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam. Both are worth a visit.
The display is rather small, but most pieces are of top quality. They are displayed in well lit, modern glass cases, some without cases. All have interactive touch screens to provide information on each item. My only criticism is that these give the viewer little idea of the context of their use, so some imagination is needed. Interpretation does require funding, abysmally short in most world museums.
Other displays such as the Buddha Room are definitely worth a look.
I found the cafe to be mercifully lacking in queues, and I had a delicious soup from friendly staff. The cafe is adjacent to the bookshop, and you are able to peruse books for sale; I bought five!
Altogether, I spent a most pleasant two hours there, on a half day trip from Amsterdam.

Visited January 2014
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Level 5 Contributor
41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Great museum, worth a visit”
Reviewed December 27, 2013

The museum has a great collection, it has artifacts from all over the world and is divided by continent. The Buddha room is very impressive. The temporary exhibition "Longing for Mecca" is also worthwhile. It is a great experience and educational at the same time.

Visited October 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Worth a visit!”
Reviewed December 20, 2013

We were focused on the special exhibit "Longing for Mecca" which is worth a look if you have any interest in the world's great religions. The museum also has a great collection of artifacts from Indonesia and has a very nice - but very small - exhibit on the evolution of pop music.

Visited November 2013
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great museum for old and young”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Wonderful museum where you walk from continent to continent and learn all about the various cultures in the world. They have great exhibitions and there is a lot for children to see and do.

Visited June 2013
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