Museum temporarily closed until mid-December 2015

23 April 2015

Artist’s impression of one of the new Greek collection galleries (© Architectenbureau Jowa)Artist’s impression of one of the new Greek collection galleries (© Architectenbureau Jowa)
Dismantling of the old Greek departmentDismantling of the old Greek department

On 11 May 2015, the National Museum of Antiquities has temporarily closed its doors for the renovation of its Greek, Etruscan and Roman galleries. The refurbishment and reorganization of the galleries will create more space for temporary exhibitions and improve routing in the museum. The museum will reopen in mid-December 2015.

Museum to reopen in mid-December 2015

The museum must close temporarily so that asbestos can be removed. Please note that the asbestos does not pose any risk to visitors, except during the building and demolition work.  During the closure from May to December, not only will the exhibition galleries be renovated, but measures will also be taken to ensure adequate fire safety and climate control. The museum, including the new galleries with collections from the classical world, will reopen in mid-December 2015.

Collection to be shown in Dutch and international exhibitions

During the closure, objects from the museum collection will be included in around ten exhibitions in the Netherlands and abroad, from Heerlen to Québec. The Museum Shop and the museum’s activities will move to a temporary location in a retail building in the Leiden city centre: Nieuwe Rijn 26. Museum educators will give lessons in schools throughout the country. Behind the scenes, a large-scale conservation project has begun: the restoration of the Greek vases, which will continue until late 2015.

Egyptian department to be reorganized in 2016

The National Museum of Antiquities is refurbishing its permanent displays, which opened in 2001, in several stages. The Ancient Near East gallery was the first to be renovated, in 2013. The Classical World displays are now being renovated, and the Ancient Egypt department will follow in 2016. Finally, in 2017, the displays about the Netherlands in Roman times will be refurbished. The museum can then celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2018 with thoroughly renovated permanent displays.

The building and redevelopment work in the National Museum of Antiquities will be managed by the Central Government Real Estate Agency, which owns the building, and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The new displays in the museum galleries will be financed by the museum itself, in part from the annual contribution by the Dutch BankGiro Lottery.