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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.

National Museum of Ethnology
Steenstraat 1
2312 BS Leiden

Museum type(s)

History & Anthropology Specialized & Alternative


Garden & Park Ethnology

Visitor information

Opening hours

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am – 05:00 pm


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

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0 - 3 Free
4 - 18 €6.00
19 and over €14.00
Rembrandtkaart Valid
CJP Pass €7.00
Museumkaart Valid
Friends of the museum Free
Students €6.00
Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde Free
Students UL - HL Free


Studenten UL - HL: free

More admission


  • Coffee

  • Restaurant

  • Museum shop

  • Wheelchair accessible

  • Credit card


Steenstraat 1, Leiden, The Netherlands




All exhibitions


National Museum of Ethnology has 5 ratings.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017 Dec 26, 2017

This rating does not include a review.

  Visited on Saturday, April 29, 2017

Monday, September 26, 2016 Sep 26, 2016
(Review in Dutch)

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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Sunday, February 14, 2016 Feb 14, 2016

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016 Jan 27, 2016
(Review in Dutch)

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.

  Visited on Saturday, January 23, 2016

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