Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden

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Housed in an 18th-century mansion, Rijksmuseum van Oudheden represents an archeological institution with a huge range of historical Dutch items. King William I founded the museum in 1818, which has expanded its collection ever since. Today, it displays artifacts from prehistory up to the late Middle Ages, including Egypt, Rome, and ancient Greece. Take time to appreciate the building itself, as well. Plan your visit to Rijksmuseum van Oudheden and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Leiden travel itinerary planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • Beautiful museum with a good variety of exhibits. Not really for children as there are no interactive displays. For the size museum, it had some excellent antiquities. Took only a few hours to visit. ...  more »
  • There are fantastic Egyptian and Greek collections but as a tourist I most wanted to see the history of the Low Counties prior to 17 Century when all the towns we have been visiting are incorporated. ...  more »
  • We were here on a Sunday afternoon to see the Egyptian collection in particular (as we have recently seen the Egyptian collection in Vienna). Although it is not as large as the museum in Vienna, it is...  more »
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  • I'm not reviewing the exhibition, which is superb (I'm sure experts in antiquity can do this better than me). The refurbished rooms look lighter and less crowded than before, the cafeteria, toilets, etc also look modern. The only issue is that the collections still show text ONLY in Dutch. The period explanation is bilingual but NOT the description of the items. I wonder why this couldn't be done by now.
  • Based on its permanent collection, I'd say this is the best historical museum in the Netherlands. It's temporary exhibitions are often very good as well.
  • Nice museum but I wouldn't say they have many unique items if you have already been to similar museums.
  • I love the RMO. It's a wonderful archaeological museum with great collections. There's a lot to see, so make sure you have at least 1-2 hours. The renovated Egyptian galleries are beaaautiful!
  • It was good, though it is not similar to other museums in Amsterdam, many items have description in Dutch only. Also the audio guide was only in Dutch, no other languages provided which make me feel that I didn't get the full experience.