Rijksmuseum van Oudheden

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Home to the Rijksmuseum's collection of Greek, Etruscan, Roman and Egyptian artefacts, this museum is best known for its Egyptian halls, which include the reconstructed Temple of Taffeh, a gift from Anwar Sadat to the Netherlands for helping to save ancient Egyptian monuments from flood. Other Egyptian exhibits include mastabas from Saqqara and a room of mummy cases. First-floor galleries are replete with Greek, Etruscan and Roman statuary and vases, as well as treasures from the ancient Near East.

Second-floor galleries profile the Netherlands during Roman times and give an overview of 300,000 years of Dutch archaeological history.

An English-language sound-and-light show is staged at the Temple of Taffeh daily at 1.30pm.

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