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Naturalis is a research institute and natural history museum in one. Information is gathered and exhibited about our planet; how does it function and what lives on our planet.
View the collection of animals, plants and fossils and experience the richness of life on Earth.
The Hortus Botanicus Leiden is the oldest botanical garden in the Netherlands and is founded in 1590. The botanical gardens include seven different zones, all are open to the public. Stroll along the paths and enjoy, surrounded by a great variety of plant species, and enjoy the peace and quietness in the greenhouses.
The National Archaeological Museum is located in an old building along the Rapenburg. Meet the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans and learn about the earlier inhabitants of the Middle East and the Netherlands. Discover the exciting mummies, admire the mighty emperors and walk around in a real Egyptian Temple. The museum organizes temporary exhibitions, international acclaimed and educational activities for children.
The Sieboldhuis / Japan Museum, is located along Rapenburg in Leiden. Objects are displayed that are collected by Philipp Franz von Siebold between 1823 and 1829, during his stay in Deshima. This was a Dutch trading settlement off the coast of Nagasaki that gave the Netherlands a monopoly on trade of Japanese culture and society. His collections are very diverse.
The Lakenhal Museum of contemporary art and history is the municipal museum of Leiden since 1874. It is housed in the former Leiden cloth hall (Lakenhal) dated 1640. The Lakenhal offers an extensive collection of famous artworks including modern and contemporary art. Artists include Rembrandt van Rijn, Jan Steen and Jan Wolkers. The building is currently being restored, yet will most likely reopen after the summer.