Tickets for Museum Volkenkunde: Fast Track

Explore a whole world full of human experience in Leiden's museum of ethnology

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  • Discover thousands of objects and artifacts - from art to clothing and jewelry, tools to talismans sourced from all over the world
  • Travel from continent to continent in the brilliantly designed permanent exhibition - and learn about culture and customs as you go
  • See culture come to life with dozens of touchscreens and interactive exhibitions that the whole family will love

Get to know the lives of people around the world at Volkenkunde, Leiden's eye-opening museum of ethnology. Lovingly arranged by cultural region, thousands of objects tell the stories of human experience around the world. Now that's a day well spent!

Just five minutes’ walk from Leiden’s central station, Museum Volkenkunde's permanent display features objects from eight different cultural regions.

It includes items like wall hangings, beads, weapons and armor, cookware, and religious artifacts. Every single one tells a story of common human themes like mourning, celebration, ornamentation, prayer and conflict.

The scope of this museum is incredible, reaching from Oceania to the Arctic, yet - by maintaining a focus on the everyday - it exposes the universality of human experience.

It's a lofty goal, but one managed with a deft touch here.

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Museum Volkenkunde
1,Steenstraat, 2312 BS, Leiden
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Wheelchair accessible
If you contact the museum on the day of your visit, you can park your car inside the gates
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Getting There

The museum is a 5-minute walk away from Leiden Central Station.

Insider tip

A huge 8m red cedar totem pole, carved on Cormorant Island in British Columbia specifically for the Volkenkunde, greets visitors as they enter through the garden.

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2 Reviews

Sep 16, 2019
Op mijn iPhone werd mijn betaling gescand. De betaling aan de balie was snel en de zekerheid dat we niet in een rij stonden te wachten hadden we door deze handeling, vooraf op de computer, ook voor elkaar.
Aug 20, 2018
IN een woord Fantastisch!!!!!!!

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