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. Make Rijksmuseum van Oudheden a centerpiece of your Leiden vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Leiden trip builder site .
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  • August 16, 2017
    Great museum. Fantastic lay out. Excellent for families, kept our boys entertained for 3 hours on a wet miserable day. Excellent value for money.  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    Beautiful building. What an entertaining exhibition with humor. good idea to add contemporary art especially the glass art of Gerd Rohling surprised me.
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  • August 8, 2017
    Though we are locals, this is a museum we visit again and again. Great for all things Egyptian, Greek and Roman but other periods too! Often there are special exhibitions also. Just because Leiden is ...  more »
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  • April 12, 2017
    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.
  • June 5, 2017
    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.
  • July 1, 2017
    Great collection of old stones. Nice vibe
  • June 7, 2017
    Nice museum but I wouldn't say they have many unique items if you have already been to similar museums.
  • January 26, 2017
    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!

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