National Museum of Natural History (Naturalis), Leiden

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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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  • August 13, 2017
    Beautiful museum with many historical pictures and objects. Definitely worth a look at. Beautiful, that this ancient things.
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  • July 27, 2017
    We have been coming for years in Naturalis. Fantastic place. But now they are working with new construction. On the web site it says that it is partially open. This is not true. They have a small exhibition made in and around the entrance in the historic building next to what is so there is nothing open from the old Naturalis. For little ones very nice but for older non. The photo exhibition is wonderful. In September they get an exhibition about poison. Fell and was not worth the trip to Leiden!!! Mid-2019 is the newly open.
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  • July 5, 2017
    We were there last Monday, when still in school Netherlands rhythm was, so we had about the room to ourselves. Very nice, very nice booklet, ditch safari also super, itself the ideal jungle animal, the videos, the photos, ... We stayed longer than we came because of the difficulty finishing was:-)
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