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No other city in the Netherlands has so many magnificent museums within walking distance from each other. 

Rich cultural selection

Leiden is a vibrant city with a rich cultural selection and the fourth cultural city in the Netherlands.

Museums

No other city in the Netherlands has so many magnificent museums within walking distance from each other. Masterpieces from the hand of Rembrandt and Lievens, dinosaur skeletons, Wajang puppets from Indonesia, the history of medicine from bloodletting to breast prostheses, an Egyptian temple, treasures from Japan, and everything about the relief of Leiden: all waiting for you to be discovered in the Leiden museums. Each collection and exhibition is worth visiting. You are very welcome in the treasure chambers that Leiden and its surroundings have to offer.

Historical monuments

Leiden has over 3,000 historical monuments and a significant number of them are accessible to the public. The churches, drawbridges and magnificent edifices with picturesque façades make Leiden a shining example of genuine Dutch cities. You could actually consider the entire city centre to be one huge monument.

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At the beginning of the twentieth century, legendary French actress Sarah Bernhardt performed at the Leidse Schouwburg theatre in one of her most famous roles: La Dame aux Camélias.Stichting Open Monumentendagen Leiden, 2013

Theatre

Leiden also presents a wide selection of music, dance and theatre. The Leidse Schouwburg is the oldest theatre in the Netherlands and unique in its atmosphere. It offers a varied programme of theatre, dance, musical, cabaret and theatrical concerts.

The Stadsgehoorzaal, one of the most beautiful concert halls in the Netherlands, is widely acclaimed for its magnificent acoustics. You can find a wide variety of shows and concerts here.