Since 1935, Museum Volkenkunde has been situated in the former Leiden academic hospital, a 19th century historical building complex. Once the State’s Ethnographic Museum, which opened in 1837, it is one of the oldest ethnographic museums in the world. The museum curates over 240,000 objects and 500,000 audiovisual sources from across the globe. Leading scientific research, high-profile public programmes and many international collaborative projects make this museum one of the most important European centres of expertise in the field of world cultures. The permanent exhibition puts the most beautiful items on display from collections from Africa, Asia, China, Indonesia, Japan and Korea, North, Central and South America, Oceania and the Arctic. In addition, there is a varied selection in the form of temporary exhibitions.
The museum has several rooms available for rent for both smaller and bigger groups. Meetings, workshops, conferences, parties or presentations amidst the Buddhas, African Dogon masks or Inca statues will leave a memorable impression on the visitors.
A tour through the museum, a workshop or a demonstration will make the meeting an unforgettable experience. All catering options can be discussed. It is also possible to rent the museum in the evening.
There are three meeting rooms available: the Grote Zaal (max. 175 people), the Centrale Hal (max. 300 people) and the Paviljoen (pavilion hall max. 50 people, pavilion room max. 12 people), including video projector, screen and flip-chart. The Paviljoen is the former residence for patients with contagious diseases. It is tucked away behind the museum building in the museum garden with a gorgeous view of the historical Morspoort and Morssingel. These beautiful museum grounds, bordered on two sides by the Morssingel waters, can be combined with events.
Museum Volkenkunde is located at a five-minute walk from Leiden Central Station and close to the A44 motorway. The Morspoort car park lies just a stone’s throw away.