National Museum of Antiquities

Rapenburg 28 2311 EW LEIDEN
tel 071 516 3163

The National Museum of Antiquities is the national centre for archaeology. The museum is amongst the five oldest museums in the Netherlands and curates a state collection of over 150,000 archaeological objects from ancient Egypt and the Near East, the Greek and Roman world and the early Low Countries. The Egypt collection has its place amongst the top 10 in the world. The museum is situated in a historical town house and beguinage and has an impressive reception area with an authentic Egyptian temple. The Temple room is also an official wedding location.

The National Museum of Antiquities is situated on Rapenburg, the most beautiful canal of Leiden, and is a special location for meetings, symposiums, lectures, training courses, workshops or presentations with smaller groups. The big Temple room is perfectly suitable for a dinner, party, reception, concert or buffet. The National Museum of Antiquities has a surprising selection in exhibitions and activities and an event or meeting can be combined with a visit to the collection of the museum, for instance with a quick guided tour.

The museum has two rooms available for rent, the Trajanus room and the Leemans room. The meeting rooms have a capacity of 2 up to 400 people. Both rooms have natural daylight, comfortable chairs and modern audiovisual facilities. The museum provides several packages, such as a meeting package, including coffee and lunch.

The eye-catcher of the museum is the impressive Temple room with its 2000-year-old Egyptian Temple of Taffeh. The temple was constructed two thousand years ago, commissioned by the Roman Emperor Augustus. The temple has been deconstructed stone by stone between 1960 and 1979, and then transported and rebuilt in the lobby of the museum. The Temple room is available outside regular museum opening hours and on Monday.

The Leemans room, which lies adjacent to the Temple room, has a capacity of 2-70 people. In the room is a grand piano which can be used for musical performances. This room can be used for presentations, training courses and lectures and is also available for rent during opening hours.

The museum is easily accessible by car and by public transport. It is located at a ten-minute walk from NS station Leiden Central. Rapenburg has options for paid parking. Visitors can also use parking lot Haagweg. From Haagweg a free shuttle bus leaves to and from the museum. Tour boats are able to travel to the entrance of the museum.



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