National Museum of Natural History (Naturalis), Leiden

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Natural History Museum Museum
Explore the extensive collection at National Museum of Natural History (Naturalis), a family-friendly institution with lots to offer visitors of all ages. Examine insects, fossils, rocks and minerals, gemstones, and much more in the collection of about 37 million specimens. Detailed explanations accompany each exhibit, but opt for hiring a tour guide if you really want to get the full experience. Children will enjoy up-close demonstrations about science and nature, as well as interactive displays. Before you leave, check out the workshops, where you can participate in hands-on learning. A visit to National Museum of Natural History (Naturalis) represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Leiden trip generator to plot your vacation.
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  • 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!  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • Good collection of all different cultures. Changing exhibitions every couple of months. Nice old building in beautiful park like settings overlooking the canal.  more »

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A relatively small city with a big student population, Leiden caters to both long- and short-stay visitors making their plans on a limited budget. The historical city center remains the most expensive area, offering rooms in charming old buildings turned into elegant hotels. Just a short walk from this area you can choose from inexpensive lodgings in family-run inns, where cozy rooms come with private parking and free Wi-Fi. For added mobility without the extra cost, look for guesthouses that offer free bikes for use around the city.
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