Dazzling light show

The two-hundred-year history of the National Museum of Antiquities comes to life in a dazzling light show that is projected onto the Egyptian temple in the museum’s central hall.

The four-minute spectacle can be seen daily at 11:30 and 13:30, all year round. An English version runs at 15.30.

These times may vary in response to specific circumstances.

Light show with music and spoken narrative

The light show consists of spectacular images, music, and a spoken narrative with highlights from the 200 years of the museum’s existence. The light show is projected onto the 2,000-year-old Egyptian temple. The spoken story includes a brief account of the temple’s history and its journey to Leiden in the 1970s. The temple itself appears to burst apart in an eruption of brightly-coloured rays of light and then to be rebuilt, one stone at a time. This sequence is followed by images of a series of masterpieces from the collection in superb projections.