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Museum Volkenkunde

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Address: Steenstraat 1, 2312 BS, Leiden, The Netherlands
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+31 71 516 8800
10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00

Museum Volkenkunde is a museum about people housed in a historic building...

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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great museum, fun workshops

The collection at this museum is super interesting! Lighting is great! I have done a gammelan workshop here with work, and that was a lot of fun. They put a lot of time and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Hanneke J
Leiden, The Netherlands

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The collection at this museum is super interesting! Lighting is great! I have done a gammelan workshop here with work, and that was a lot of fun. They put a lot of time and effort in their temporary exhibitions, which are amazing!

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very good collection of cultural objects from Africa, Oceania, Australia, Islam, America and Asia. The African Bronzes and pre-Colombian objects are well worth seeing. The Ground floor has objects from Indonesia, the former Dutch colony, which go from the former Hindu religion to most recent objects. These are quite extensive and have a number of good Hindu statues. The other... More 

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Tilburg, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The National Ethnographic Museum has an impressive collections of artifacts from all over the World. It is a delight to take a peek at different objects from different places and eras, all in a sequence that makes sense and connects to each other. The World of Feathers exhibition is pretty nice and eye catching. It keeps the visitor engaged from... More 

Thank Andre L
Oegstgeest, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Went there with my daughter to see the temporary exhibition on feathers. It is an exceptional experience and we took opportunity to see the permanent exhibitions. A very nice museum

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

This is of course quite subjective, but I love learning about people and different cultures/tribes/customs so I love this museum. You can pick a section per day and just wander around looking at all of the neat expos from a certain region of the world. My visits were always highly enjoyable. Also the museum seems to be kid-friendly (although I... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

We visited the museum yesterday. Great variety to look at. Staff was also very friendly and the little bar served good coffee and offered a variety of snacks.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

Great museum with well preserved high quality objects from around the globe. Amazing use of sound and animations, def worth a visit

Thank Eric T
Θεσσαλονίκη, Ελλάδα
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

It is a really interesting museum, where you can learn a variety of facts for many cultures. It is really close to leiden centre. The only thing I did not like so much was the feather exhibition. It was so big, occupying an important part of the museum, and , in my opinion, was not so interesting.

Thank Katerina K
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

The Museum has a very good collection and it is worth spending time going round. We were here for a good two hours. Good interactive labels in both Dutch and English. We thoroughly enjoyed their current exhibition on feathers - but sadly no catalogue.

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Herent, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

It is always nice to visit this museum. A very nice collection and a theme about the use of feathers during the ages (and cultures). Very nice displayed and child friendly. Not the biggest museum in Leiden but as part of a bigger tour, a must see. Will be back for sure. Just bring a torch light because the whole... More 

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