Address and route

Museum's entrance at the Rapenburg canalMuseum's entrance at the Rapenburg canal
Walking from Leiden’s Central StationWalking from Leiden’s Central Station
Walking from the Breestraat bus stopWalking from the Breestraat bus stop
  • Street address: Rapenburg 28, 2311 EW Leiden
  • Mailing address: P.O. Box 11114, 2301 EC Leiden
  • Adress library: Papengracht 30, 2311 TX Leiden (opening hours)
  • Service and information: phone: (+31) (0)71 - 5163 163, e-mail: stuur een e-mail
  • Click here for opening hours and entrance fee

Walking from Leiden’s Central Station

The National Museum of Antiquities is in Leiden’s historic centre, just a ten-minute walk away from Leiden Centraal railway station.

Taking the bus from Leiden’s Central Station

The bus stop closest to the National Museum of Antiquities is the Breestraat stop in the city centre. Many bus lines (2, 4, 5, 45, 169, 187, 400) go from Leiden Centraal railway station to the Breestraat stop. It is a short bus trip, approximately four minutes.

  • View or download the walking route from the Breestraat bus stop to the National Museum of Antiquities. The museum is point B on the route, shown with its Dutch name ‘Rijksmuseum van Oudheden’.
  • View the map of the Leiden city centre.

Travelling to Leiden by car

Leiden is easy to reach by car, but the old centre has narrow streets, and parking is difficult. See the following section for directions to the Haagweg parking lot, with a free shuttle to the city centre.

Parking in the Haagweg lot

Only paid parking is available around the museum (Rapenburg 28), and the number of parking places is limited. We therefore recommend that you park your car in the nearby Haagweg lot (in Dutch only). This is Leiden’s largest parking lot, with 750 places and a free shuttle to the museum every few minutes. You can also call for free shuttle transport back to the lot: +31 (0)71 512 0071.

The best parking option for buses and coaches is the Haagweg parking lot. Please be aware that in the Leiden city centre, driving or parking a bus for any length of time is prohibited.

Finding your way around the museum building

In the museum building, you can use your smartphone¹ to find your way using GPS with Indoor Google Maps (in Dutch only). To do this, you will need to have the Google Maps app on your smartphone. Navigation then works automatically. There is free Wi-Fi in the museum.

¹For visitors who do not have smartphones: every visitor is offered a free museum map with his or her ticket.