National Museum of Antiquities
The National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden
Ancient marvels in the National centre of archaeology
Leiden - Besides the history of the early Netherlands you can also learn more about the cultures of ancient Egypt, the old Greeks and the Near East in the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden). Welcome to the Classical World!
Special Egypt collectionIn order to receive eternal life, the ancient Egyptians had themselves mummified. The journey to the realm of the dead was not possible without a physical body. What they could never have imagined, however, is that their journey to the afterlife would end in a display case in Leiden. In addition to jewelry and other objects, they sometimes also took crocodiles, cats, birds and other animals into the grave. These animals were also mummified.
More than 80,000 objects from Ancient Egypt, Greece and the Middle East are brought together in the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden. In the 'Hereafter' section you can see various mummies with their beautifully decorated chests.
"Egypt in a display case" a visitor said. If you want to know more about Classical Antiquity, then you have to go to Leiden: the National Museum of Antiquities has an impressive collection. However, it all remains somewhat static. We were overwhelmed with all the Egyptian gods and other information (while we knew quite a bit - we thought). We would like to be taken on a little more travel so that we can place things better. Now it is mainly a lot of information, still very impressive but which little remains.