Top Choice Museum in Leiden

Rijksmuseum van Oudheden

This museum has a world-class collection of Greek, Roman and Egyptian artefacts, the pride of which is the extraordinary Temple of Taffeh, a gift from former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat to the Netherlands for hel…
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Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde

Cultural achievements by civilisations worldwide are on show at the Museum Volkenkunde. More than 200,000 artefacts span China, South America and Africa, much like Amsterdam's Tropenmuseum. There's a rich Indonesian…
Top Choice Gardens in Leiden

Hortus Botanicus Leiden

The lush Hortus Botanicus is one of Europe's oldest botanical gardens (1590; the oldest was created in Padua, Italy, in 1545), and is home to the Netherlands' oldest descendants of the Dutch tulips. It's a wonderful…
Museum in Leiden

De Valk

Leiden's landmark windmill museum receives loving care, with constant renovation, and many consider it the best example of its kind. Its arms are free to turn 'whenever possible', when wind conditions are right, and…
Museum in Leiden

Leiden American Pilgrim Museum

The Leiden American Pilgrim Museum is a fascinating restoration of a one-room house occupied around 1610 by the soon-to-be Pilgrims. The house itself dates from 1375 (check out the original 14th-century floor tiles)…
Museum in Leiden

Museum Boerhaave

Leiden University was an early centre for Dutch medical research. This museum displays the often-grisly results (five centuries of pickled organs and surgical tools and skeletons) plus you can have a gander at the a…
Museum in Leiden

Naturalis Biodiversity Centre

A stuffed elephant greets you at this large, well-funded collection of all the usual dead critters and, notably, the skullcap of the million-year-old Java Man discovered by Dutch anthropologist Eugène Dubois in 1891…
Park in Leiden

De Burcht

De Burcht, an 11th-century citadel on an artificial hill, lost its protective functions as the city grew around it. It's now a park with lovely places to view the steeples and rooftops, with a cafe at its base.
Church in Leiden

Hooglandse Kerk

This huge pile of bricks is the 15th-century Hooglandse Kerk, an agglomeration of styles.
Church in Leiden


The Marekerk dates to 1639 and has a beautiful eight-sided wooden interior. Regular concerts and theatre performances take place here; check the agenda online.