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“Well displayed if a little expensive”
Review of Museum Volkenkunde

Museum Volkenkunde
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Leiden Ancient and Medieval History: Private Tour...
Ranked #4 of 80 things to do in Leiden
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Owner description: Museum Volkenkunde is a museum about people housed in a historic building just five minutes' walk from Leiden's central station. A huge totem pole greets visitors as they enter the museum through the garden. Museum Volkenkunde presents regularly changing exhibitions and its permanent display features objects from eight different cultural regions. Objects that all have a story to tell about humankind.
Reviewed 4 January 2018

This is what a modern museum of ethnography should be - well displayed and with the minimal amount of information. The days of faded tribal bits and pieces labelled in snopaked handwriting are over - this place shows you what can be achieved with imagination and scholarship without being patronising. Entrance fees are a bit .

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Kim W, Online Stagiair at Museum Volkenkunde, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2018

Dear Paula,

Thank you for your kind words! It's always nice to hear about a great experience at our museum. We hope to welcome you again soon!

Best,
Veerle

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"different cultures"
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"cool japan"
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"parts of the world"
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"dutch colony"
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"temporary exhibition"
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"beautiful objects"
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"two hours"
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"fantastic collection"
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"special activities"
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"separate rooms"
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"south america"
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"two floors"
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"worth a visit"
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"leiden central station"
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"free entry"
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"children and adults"
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Reviewed 5 December 2017 via mobile

This museum looks huge from the outside but is relatively small inside. Two floors guide you through the different cultures and tribes around the world. The rooms are divided by continent. The display looks nice but can do with an upgrade, especially the touch screens and video.

Thank Wub67
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Kim W, Intern Online Editor at Museum Volkenkunde, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2017

Hi Wub67,

Thank you for your response. And also thanks for the tip. Those are always welcome, I will make sure it arrives at the right place.

Best,
Veerle

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Reviewed 21 November 2017

I was impressed at the range and depth of what is on show. In most of the exhibition halls, they feature a huge screen with video of the life and people living in the areas covered by the exhibits. This makes them lively. There is also a popular restaurant and an interesting shop. Like the magnificent five buddhas, and bought notecards featuring them!

Thank RMOP
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Kim W, Stagiaire Online at Museum Volkenkunde, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2017

Hi RMOP,

Thank you so much for your kind and positive words! We're glad you had a nice and interesting time at our museum. We hope to welcome you again soon!

Best,

Veerle

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Reviewed 26 October 2017

I spent a morning here with my two kids (3 and 1 at the time), and it was wonderful. A nice museum quest to learn a bit more. You can pick one according to the sections of the museum. There's also a wonderful playground in the restaurant area, in the shape of an explorer bus. We also greatly enjoyed the Cool Japan exhibit, and chatting and dancing with the robot.

You won't regret visiting this museum, and bringing your kids. There's a lot to do and discover for all ages!

Thank arjantupan
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Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

The exhibition will be until the end of October. So I was lucky to see this all about Manga and the history. Very much catered to kids but adults or aficionados can see a lot of inspiration too.

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