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Photo service

The museum photographers maintain a large photo archive, consisting mainly of photographs of objects from the collection and the museums excavation projects. The earliest images date from approximately one hundred years ago and are on glass plates.

Images and collection data freely available

All the National Museum of Antiquities collection data and images on this website are freely available for reuse under a Creative Commons licence.

  • Object descriptions (metadata) are available under a CC0 licence.
  • The images (content) are made available under a CC BY licence. This entails that you are permitted to copy, adapt, distribute, or perform this material without permission from the National Museum of Antiquities.

We would appreciate being mentioned as the source of the material. The correct citation form is: National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden.

For developers, there is an API available for live search requests, as well as access through OAI-PMH for synchronization of the entire database.

High-resolution images

If you wish to request high-resolution images for professional use, please contact the photo service. Depending on your wishes and the planned uses of the images, we may charge a fee for this form of assistance.


  • To request images, please contact the museums photo service, plaese call +31 (0)71 5 163 157 or send an e-mail to: foto@rmo.nl
  • Members of the media can contact the museums PR, Communications, and Marketing Department for recent press photographs. See the press information on this website.

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