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National Museum of Ethnology and its collection

National Museum of Ethnology

The National Museum of Ethnology is housed in the monumental, former academic hospital. It owns more than 240,000 objects and 500,000 audiovisual sources from around the world. The collection ranges from pants from polar bears’ fur to Indian headdresses and old pictures of Australian Aboriginals to Indonesian daggers. Wall-sized projections illustrate the people and culture related to the objects. The museum also regularly organises temporary exhibitions and for children there is an interactive scavenger hunt through the museum.

NLRijksmuseum Volkenkunde

History & Anthropology  History & Anthropology Specialized & Alternative  Specialized & Alternative Garden & Park Ethnology

National Museum of Ethnology
Steenstraat 1
2312 BS Leiden

Visitor information National Museum of Ethnology

Opening hours

Monday Closed
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00

During the school holidays the museum is also open on Mondays.


0 – 3Free
4 – 18€6.00
CJP Pass€7.00
Rijksmuseum VolkenkundeFree
Students UL - HLFree
Friends of the museumFree


Wheelchair accessible
Museum shop
Credit card

Location & Map

Steenstraat 1, Leiden

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National Museum of Ethnology Reviews

National Museum of Ethnology has 5 ratings.

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    Jim • Dec 26, 2017

    This rating does not include a review.

    Visited on Apr 29, 2017

  • Anne-Marije
    Anne-Marije • Sep 26, 2016

    Dit museum is zeer de moeite waard. Erg veel te zien en te leren en het brengt je dichter bij alle andere culturen. Gesitueerd in een super pand centraal in Leiden. Wat wil je nog meer?

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  • Retno
    Retno • Feb 14, 2016

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    Jacoliene • Jan 27, 2016

    Mooi groot museum met vele schatten van over onze hele wereld. Voor kidneren ook genoeg te doen, waaronder een speurtocht. Hierdoor dus erg educatief voor kinderen. Ander positief punt is dat het er nooit echt heel druk aanvoelt en je dus lekker alles rustig kunt bekijken.

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    Visited on Jan 23, 2016

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