God on earth: Emperor Domitian

LARGE EXHIBITION | A major international exhibition about Domitian, emperor of the vast Roman Empire from AD 81 to 96. The show will feature art objects from numerous museums around the world.

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5000 years of beads

SMALL EXHIBITION | With hundreds of necklaces and beads, most of which were excavated in the Netherlands. The colorful beads come from prehistoric times, Roman times, Early and Late Middle Ages.

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Magnificent and Meticulous

SURVEY EXHIBITION | The hundred most beautiful and remarkable cut stones from the museum’s collection: colourful stones with engraved scenes from the ancient Near East, Egypt and classical antiquity.

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Rock carvings in the Pakistani Himalayas

SMALL PHOTO EXHIBITION | Selection of nine photos about the Karakorum Rescue Project 2021 in the Himalayas of Pakistan, where countless, ancient rock carvings on rocks and cliffs have been documented.

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COMING SOON | The papyrus roll of Qenna

SMALL EXHIBITION | Qenna's 'Book of the Dead' is over 17 meters long, making it the longest papyrus roll in the Egyptian collection. It has recently been conserved and will soon be seen as one continuous whole for the first time (from 22 June 2022).

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COMING SOON | Books that made History

SMALL EXHIBITION | 25 books that have had a major influence on the city of Leiden, the university and far beyond. From Galileo Galilei to Anton de Kom: authors, books and insights that still amaze us (from 22 June 2022).

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COMING SOON | Adventure along the Nile

ACTIVITY ADVENTURE | A activity-packed Egyptian adventure for the whole family. Learn to write hieroglyphics, make a papyrus, build a pyramid, play the Nile goose game, and much, much more (from 2 July 2022).

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EXPECTED | We Were Kings

EXHIBITION ABOUT MUSIC | 'We Were Kings' takes a journey through musical history, in search of the appeal of ancient Egypt for artists with African roots. From the earliest jazz to hip-hop, from Sun Ra to Kanye West (April to August 2023).

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