134,000 visitors in 2009 to the National Museum of Antiquities

5 January 2010

Throng in the Temple hall during the opening of the family exhibition 'Dorestad'Throng in the Temple hall during the opening of the family exhibition 'Dorestad'

The National Museum of Antiquities received a total of 134,400 visitors in 2009. That is approximately 13% up from 2008, when 120,000 people visited the museum. Of course the museum is very satisfied with this number of visitors. The success in 2009 can be attributed, like last year, to the varied and large range of exhibitions and activities for young and old. Last year there were no less than nine temporary exhibitions on display, including 'The Egypt of Gustave Flaubert', 'Terracotta', 'Dorestad. World City in the Middle Ages' and 'Beyond the Horizon'.

Crowd pleasers

The first Leiden Museum Night, the Leiden Museum Weekend ‘Music in the Museum' and the exhibitions of the first Dutch Neanderthal fossil, unveiled by Minister Ronald Plasterk, were among the crowd pleasers of 2009. The children's exhibition ‘MegaGreeks' is on the schedule for 2010, among others. An exhibition about Egyptian magic is to open in the winter months of 2010.