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National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden)

Rapenburg 28, 2311 EW, Leiden, The Netherlands
+31 71 516 3163
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The National Museum of Antiquities is housed in an old monumental building and ‘Begijnhof’. It is the Dutch centre for archaeology. A large part of the collection consists of objects related to ancient Egypt. Unique is the two thousand year old Egyptian temple in the central hall of the museum. Besides ancient Egypt, the museum covers the Middle East, the Classical world and the early history of the Netherlands. The entire collection consists of more than 80,000 objects, including statues of Roman emperors, Etruscan tomb finds and mummies.
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Rapenburg 28, 2311 EW, Leiden, The Netherlands

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Reviewed yesterday

This time the Nineveh exhibition was on and is of the same quality of previous exhibitions we visited from GB. It takes you through Assyrian history with wonderful exhibits and clear explanations in English. You are free to wander through the other parts of the...More

Thank w00dcr0ft
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Very interesting exhibition about the old city of Ninive, the former capital of the Assyrian empire. Lots of reliëfs and statues and a video impression of the old city. There is a permanent exhibition of the ancient Egypt, also very interesting.

Thank Bebra100
Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed admiring the various antiquities from Nineveh;the ruins of a once famous city near present day Mosul;Irak. Treasures from Nineveh were exported to the British Museum in London and various other museums .Nineveh was probably destroyed by the army of Babylon. There is a...More

Thank bas k
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went for the 'Nineveh" exhibition (audio tour included) and then roamed around for hours. So much info, so much wel preserved antiquities, so much to be learned.

Thank aafke b
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There are less things here in comparison with Louvre museum and the building is not magnificent like that. But, here you can access to very useful and professional guides (In many languages)and descriptions in English and Dutch. The objects from different periods are organized relatively...More

Thank Elyas P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nineveh was lost for 2500 years. About 150 years ago It was redicovered. Unfortunately near the present-day city of Mosul in Iraq. When the city fell to Islamic State, they set about destroying it. They failed...as this exhibition shows. Using pieces from various museum, and...More

Thank ArtyGr
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Realy good egyptian, greek and roman artefacts. Fasinating and spreads over three levels with one for each period. Good gift shop and tea room also.

Thank garfieldBelfast
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As such it is a nice museum. But the explanatiins are sketchy, the collection a mixed bag, partly definitely remains of several exhibitions. There are lockers, staff is nice and the café is Ok, I guess. So, if you're into antiquities, and in the neighbourhood,...More

Thank wardtmar
Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

Because of the big posters in the city we decided to go to this museum. The exhibition about Nineveh was interesting and small. Best was actually the architecture of the building, especially the top floor.

Thank FayeInAmsterdam
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

A great museum to visit wih your children. Lots of things to do, very thoughtfull display of mummies and ancient Egypt artifacts. We loved the entrence and the temporary exhibition about Syria.

Thank Jurma S
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26 July 2015|
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Response from bobrosie |
Thanks for your answer. We did visit a number of fabulous museums when we were in Amsterdam and Leiden this past year, not to speak of The Concertgebouw where we were able to appreciate the terrific acoustics.