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Open today from 10:00 until 17:00

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Day Opening hours
Wed - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Mon Closed
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Steenstraat 1
2312 BS Leiden
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088 - 00 42 800

Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden
Museum Volkenkunde, Leiden
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Objects that all tell a human story

Museum Volkenkunde is one of the oldest museums of ethnology in the world, and engages with current events. The museum whets our appetite for the immense cultural diversity that enriches the world.

Museum Volkenkunde is a museum of people, housed in a national heritage site on the city’s Singel canal. Visitors can access the museum via the garden, where a tall totem pole welcomes them in.


The museum regularly presents temporary exhibitions and displays objects from eight cultural areas in the permanent exhibition. These objects all tell a human story. Stories on universal human themes such as mourning, celebrations, decorations, prayer and fighting. These stories spark curiosity for the world and its immense cultural diversity. From Oceania to the Arctic, from geishas to the Buddha, from Mecca to Leiden. At Museum Volkenkunde, discover how we are all members of the same human race, despite our differences.


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