National Museum of Antiquities

The National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden

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 collection

In 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.

History of the Netherlands

In addition to Egypt, the Classical world and the history of the Netherlands are also extensively discussed in the museum. In 2011, the museum opened a new department on the archeology of the Netherlands. A 120-meter long timeline guides you through the history of the Netherlands from the Ice Age.

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    Adress and visitor information

    National Museum of Antiquities

    Address: Rapenburg 28
    Postal code and City: 2311 EW  Leiden
    Province/Region: Zuid-Holland
    Phone: +31 (0)71 5163 163
    Web: Rijksmuseum voor Oudheden

    Visit: An average visits takes approx. 2,5 hours.
    The museum can be found in the historic city centre in the city of Leiden.
    Please contact the museum for pricing and availability.

    Let op: The locations on the map are indicational. It is not always the entrance, parking lot or best route. The map shows up to 8 locations in the area. Want to see all locations? Check our Hotspot map or use the Search option on this website.



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