We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

National Museum of Natural History (Naturalis)

Features Animals
Darwinweg 2, 2300 RA, Leiden, The Netherlands
+31 71 568 7600
Review Highlights
Poison in the natural world expo

The main Natural History exposition is closed until 2018 due to renovations and expansions of the... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2017
bas k
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

I expected a science museum and got some entertainment park crowded with screaming children. Not... read more

Reviewed 5 November 2017
La Rochelle, France
Read all 431 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent50%
  • Very good36%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“t rex” (23 reviews)
“stuffed animals” (14 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Darwinweg 2, 2300 RA, Leiden, The Netherlands
+31 71 568 7600

Similar Things to Do in Leiden

Write a ReviewReviews (431)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 157 reviews

Reviewed 9 November 2017

The main Natural History exposition is closed until 2018 due to renovations and expansions of the museum.However a small expo on poison in the natural world can be seen during the closure of the main building.Dr Freek Vonk; a biologist and television presenter has composed...More

1  Thank bas k
Reviewed 5 November 2017

I expected a science museum and got some entertainment park crowded with screaming children. Not enough air and very loud. Hardly worth a visit if you're looking to learn something.

Thank studiobleu
Reviewed 14 September 2017

We visited last week this exposition in Naturalis, which is under renovation for the coming years and enjoyed the exposition in a part of the museum, and enjoyed the quality of photo's we saw and the way they were presented to us.

Thank epd6
Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

The exhibitions, the computers, the looks of the models, everything feels prehistoric . A bunch of stuff is aimed at children but quite boring for them and for adults the place lacks good interesting exhibitions.

Thank Mark v
Reviewed 27 August 2017

The Japanese Exhibition was excellent, flashy and alluring! my daughter enjoyed the wonderful mix of fashion, anime and manga! You felt immersed in Japan from the moment you walked in . The rest of the museum was wonderful but at times the exhibits were a...More

Thank Maire G
Reviewed 21 June 2017

While the normal building is under construction, we visited a temporary museum site with the skeleton of Trix the T-rex. And even though you've seen dozens of documentaries and movies, it is amazing to see the beast up close. The skeleton has been beautifully preserved....More

1  Thank NLcycle
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Darwin would lick his fingers if he was to visit this museum. It has loads of life explained in a very easy to understand way. The programs for kids are both educational and fun. And there's quite a complete collection.

Thank Angela W
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

This is one of the best museums to go to to get a very good flavour of both Dutch old history as well as European and Egyptian history. Great experience for adults and kids!

Thank Joannesdebont
Reviewed 10 May 2017

Visited with our little dinosaur enthusiast, who turned out to be a bit young for the animatronic hall. He did enjoy watching the T-Rex and the interactive displays in the next hall. Well, and playing with the 'create your own dinosaur world' ofcourse! We enjoyed...More

Thank JoranQuinten
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

Good collection of all different cultures. Changing exhibitions every couple of months. Nice old building in beautiful park like settings overlooking the canal.

Thank Paulus d
Nearby Restaurants
Van der Werff
218 reviews
.66 km away
De la soul
179 reviews
.60 km away
118 reviews
.63 km away
Rubens Restaurant
80 reviews
.66 km away
Nearby Attractions
Molenmuseum de Valk
382 reviews
.78 km away
Museum Volkenkunde
408 reviews
.52 km away
Molen de Put
81 reviews
.64 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from National Museum of Natural History (Naturalis) staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines