Opening hours, admission and directions

Admission fees

  • Adults: € 12,50
  • Dutch Museum Card: free
  • VriendenLoterij VIP Card holders, ICOM Card holders, members Rembrandt Society, RoMeO-members: free
  • Children under 5 years of age: free
  • Children aged 5 to 17: € 4
  • Family discount ticket: € 25 (2 adults + max. 3 children aged 5-17¹)
  • CJP card holders 18+: € 6
  • CJP card holders under 18: € 3

¹ € 4 for each additional child

You can pay at the desk with various bank and credit cards (VISA, Mastercard) and in cash. NB We do not accept American Express credit cards.

Opening hours

The museum will be temporarily closed until 25 January 2022, due to current corona measures.

From 26 January 2022:

Please book your tickets online.

A face mask and a valid corona admission ticket for people aged 13 and over is mandatory for a visit to the museum. A corona admission ticket is a valid QR code in combination with an ID.

  • Open daily 10:00 – 17:00
  • Always open on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, 5 May, Ascension Day, Whitsun, Boxing Day (26 December) and 31 December (until 16:00)
  • It will be always closed on the following days: 1 January, 27 April, 3 October and 25 December

Audio guides

For visitors to the permanent exhibitions Classical World and Egypt, audio guides are available free of charge from the desk.

Highlights Audio Guide

Take advantage of the free Highlights Audio Guide and explore the 24 most magnificent pieces in our collection: from the Egyptian temple to the statue of a Roman emperor. Available free of charge from the desk.

Tour for children

A tour for children from 7 years is available at the reception desk (on paper, € 2,95). It will be their guide for travelling through time and space.

Speur- en doeboekje Grieken Openingstijden Kinderen in de tempel

Location and travel directions

  • Location: Rapenburg 28, 2311 EW Leiden
  • Postal address: P.O. Box 11114, 2301 EC Leiden
  • Museum library: Papengracht 30, 2311 TX Leiden (currently closed, due to corona measures)
  • Service and information: tel: (+31) (0)71 – 516 3163, e-mail:

Finding your way around the museum

You can use GPS with Indoor Google Maps on your smartphone to find your way around the museum. This means first ensuring that you have installed the Google Maps app on your phone. Navigation will then work automatically. There is free Wi-Fi in the museum.

  • For visitors who do not have a smartphone: all visitors are offered a free museum map with their admission ticket.

Getting to the museum on foot from Leiden Central Station

The National Museum of Antiquities is in Leidens historic centre, just a 10 minutes’ walk from Leiden Centraal railway station.

Getting to the museum by bus from Leiden Central Station

You can take any of the following buses: 2, 4, 45, 169, 182, 187, or 400. They all depart from Leiden Central railway station. Get out at Breestraat. It is a very short bus trip, only about five minutes.


The best parking option for coaches is Haagweg car park. Please be aware that coaches are not allowed to drive through the city en route elsewhere, and it is not permissible to park a coach for any length of time in Leiden city centre.

Travelling to Leiden by car

Leiden is easy to reach by car, but the city centre has narrow streets and parking space is limited. We advise drivers to leave their car in Haagweg car park and take the free shuttle bus to the city centre.

Parking in Haagweg car park

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

  • For an overview of all parking options in Leiden, see the City of Leiden’s online parking guide (in Dutch only).
Openingstijden Egyptische zalen

In the museum

Wi-Fi in the museum

Free Wi-Fi is available inside the museum.

Taking photographs in the museum

Visitors are allowed to take photographs in the museum. NB no use of flash photography or tripods.

Wheelchair users and the visually impaired

  • You can request a wheelchair at the reception desk. Users are asked to make a refundable deposit of € 2. Anyone navigating the museum with a wheelchair must be accompanied by someone to assist them.
  • Visitors with a disability: there is one parking space for the disabled in front of the museum on Rapenburg. Anyone using this space must be in possession of an official parking permit for the disabled. All floors of the museum are connected by lifts.
  • Visually-impaired visitors can bring their guide dogs. Members of staff will always be happy to help you find your way around. For more information, please call (+31) (0)71 – 516 3163 or send an e-mail to