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Opening hours and entrance fees

Opening hours

  • Mondays to Sundays: 10:00 – 17:00
  • The museum will be open on: Easter, 5 May, Ascension Day, Whitsun, Boxing Day (26 December) and 31 December
  • Closed on: 27 April, 3 October, 25 December and 1 January

During the exhibition Gods of Egypt (until 31 March 2019), the museum is open 7 days a week.

Entrance fees

  • Adults: € 12,50
  • Dutch ‘Museum Card’: free
  • BankGiro Lottery VIP Card, ICOM Card holders, members Rembrandt Association, RoMeO-members: free
  • Children until 5 years: free
  • Children 5 to 17 years: € 4
  • Family budget ticket: € 29 (2 adults + 2 children 5-17 years¹)
  • CJP card holders 18+: € 6
  • CJP card holders 18-: € 3

¹ 4 per extra child

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


At the temporary exhibition Gods of Egypt and the permanent exhibitions Classical World and Egypt, audio tours are available for free at the cash desk.

Guided tours and group visits

  • Guided tours: € 75 per hour (on Sundays € 90 per hour), max. 25 persons, reservation required: please call (+31) (0)71 – 5163 163.
  • Group visit: from 18 years € 2 discount p.p., min. 10 persons, reservation required: please call (+31) (0)71 – 5163 163.
Kinderen in de tempel

Address and route

  • 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: info@rmo.nl

Finding your way in the museum building

In the museum building, you can use your smartphone to find your way using GPS with Indoor Google Maps. 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.

  • For visitors who do not have a smartphone: every visitor is offered a free museum map with the entrance ticket.

Walking from Leiden Central Station

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

Taking the bus from Leidens 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, 45, 169, 182, 187, 400) go from Leiden Centraal railway station to the Breestraat stop. It is a short bus trip, approximately four minutes.

Buses and coaches

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.

Travelling to Leiden by car

Leiden is easy to reach by car, but the old centre has narrow streets, and parking is difficult. We advice you to go 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 Leidens 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.

  • For an overview of all parking options in Leiden, see the City of Leiden’s online parking guide.
Een blik in de Egyptische zalen van het museum

In the museum

Wifi in the museum

Free wifi is available in the museum building.

Photographs in the museum

It is allowed (without flash and tripod) to take photographs in the museum.

Wheelchairs and partially sighted persons

  • At the reception desk, you can request a wheelchair. For the use of it, we ask a € 2 deposit. When returning the chair, you get this refunded. For all wheelchairs a companion is necessary.
  • Wheelchair users: in front of the museum building, at the Rapenburg, there is one parking place for visitors holding an official parking license for the disabled. In the museum you can use an elevator.
  • Partially sighted persons are allowed to take their guide-dogs. The museum’s staff are always willing to help you find your way. For more information, please call (+31) (0)71 – 5163 163 or mail to info@rmo.nl.

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