Leiden. Stad van ontdekkingen

The museumnacht shows you the museums from Leiden in another night light.


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  • Entry ticket

    The entry ticket for Museumnacht Leiden is a wristband. This wristband counts as a passe-partout for all participating museums, the transport and the Afterparty at the 'Gebr. de Nobel'.

    Online ticket sales

    You can buy your passe-partout via this website (tickets). These E-tickets are exchangeable for a wristband on the 18th of May 2019 from 13.00 pm at the Beestenmarkt and at the Academy Building.

    PAY ATTENTION: you can't exchange your ticket for a wristband at one of the museums. 

    You can also buy a ticket on the day itself. You can buy a ticket at the Beestenmarkt, Museum Volkenkunde and the Academy Building.

    Package deal

    The Museumnacht offers arrangements that are ideal for food & culture lovers. After our 3 course meal you can immediately join the opening of the Museumnacht! More information and prices will follow. 


    You can profit by different discounts by buying your ticket in time. You get a discount when you get a ticket online in advance, but there is also a special discount for members of LUF and CJP. If you make use of this, it is important to bring a valid LUF or CJP card with you when you pick up your wristband on the day itself. Buying tickets with discount is only possible online!

    On the day itself

    Last minute decided to go to the Museumnacht Leiden? That’s possible! On the day itself there will be opportunity to obtain a wristband on the Beestenmarkt, Museum Volkenkunde and the Academy Building.

  • Order your tickets here

  • About the Museumnacht

    The Museumnacht Leiden is organised by Stichting Museumnacht Leiden in collaboration with the Museums of Leiden. Stichting Museumnacht Leiden consist of thirteen students who are all a member of A. L. S. V. Quintus.

    Besides the permanent expositions of the participating museums the entire night is enriched by a mulititude of workshops, presentations, performances, dj's, art, guided tours and films. Through the use of the website, social media and a detailed program booklet the visitors are given the opportunity to chose their own program for the night.

Museums & locations

  • Opening at the Beestenmarkt

    The Museumnacht Leiden 2019 kicks off at the Beestenmarkt on Saturday the 18th of may. From 17.00 onward you can have a drink in the sun while listening to a variety of wonderful music. In addition, you can challenge your friends to a lasergame battle. Battle it out and show everyone that you're the king or queen of the arena. Whether you would like to have a drink or do an activity, there is something for everyone. Start your Museumnacht by visiting the Beestenmarkt! We hope to see you there!

  • Hortus botanicus Leiden

    The Hortus is the oldest botanical garden in Western-Europe. Four centuries of collecting, caring, studying and examining have produced a wonderful garden where the fascinating plants of Asia, Southern Europe and Africa are all within reach. Both the greenhouses and the gardens are opened during the Museum Night.

  • Oude Leidse Sterrewacht

    The Oude Sterrewacht is the oldest existing observatory in the world. The observatory is still used for research and training of astronomers. Visit the interactive exhibition at the visitors centre and build your own 3D galaxy.

  • Rijksmuseum van Oudheden

    Neem een stap terug in de tijd in het Rijksmuseum van Oudheden! Ontdek de archeologische rijkdommen die het museum rijk is. Ontrafel de geheimen uit Egypte en ga op avontuur in de Middeleeuwse Tuinen. Volg een Middeleeuwse dansworkshop, maak je mooi door de bloemenschminkers  en waag een dans bij de Egyptische Tempel en de gigantische Keizerbeelden! 

  • Taalmuseum

    Please note: This program will take place in the Academy Building on the Rapenburg

    Language is everywhere, in whatever shape or form it may be. It influences and binds us regardless where you’re from. Stop by the Taalmuseum Leiden and discover everything there is to know about indigenous languages. Master tips and tricks to increase your fluency in a variety of regions, or take a walk past the famous mural poems that are hidden throughout the old city heart of Leiden.

  • Museum Volkenkunde

    Museum Volkenkunde is een museum over mensen. Wereldwijd staan mensen voor dezelfde levensvragen, de antwoorden die zij daarop geven, verschillen en zijn vaak cultureel bepaald. De objecten uit onze collectie vertellen stuk voor stuk een menselijk verhaal. Verhalen over liefhebben, rouwen, vieren, versieren of vechten. Ze maken nieuwsgierig naar de enorme culturele diversiteit die de wereld rijk is. Een wandeling door het museum opent je blik op de wereld; van Bali tot Guatemala, van Oceanië tot de Noordpoolgebieden en van Mekka tot Djenné. In Museum Volkenkunde ontdek je dat we op de verschillen na, allemaal hetzelfde zijn: mens.

  • Japan Museum SieboldHuis

    Experience Japan without going to the airport? Come to the SieboldHuis Japan Museum during the Museum Night and experience the best of Japan! Beautiful prints, fascinating maps, Japanese lacquer and clothing. All these treasures were collected by the Bavarian doctor Philipp Franz von Siebold between 1823 and 1829.

  • Museum Het Leids Wevershuis

    The Wevershuis demonstrates 'a different side to Leiden'. The side of the rich elite with its monumental houses on the Rapenburg, but the side of the workers. At the Wevershuis workers wove and lived since 1561. The Wevershuis itself, and its scarce furnishings form the museum. In addition, 6 to 8 times a year there are temporary exhibitions. Within the weaving room an antique loom is still being used. The last inhabitants of the Wevershuis were students. One of them has even lived there for 45 years, from 1956 until 2001. 

  • Erfgoed Leiden en Omstreken

    Erfgoed Leiden is hidden between the Witte Singel and the Vliet. This is the place for people with a heart for the past. Here you discover more of your past. Heritage Leiden will show you the value of old stories, buildings, archeology and archives.

  • Molenmuseum de Valk

    Windmill De Valk is the only windmill left of the 19 windmills that once stood on the Leiden city walls. In the mill you can see how people used to live in there and how the mill works. If you dare you can take the stairs to the top and enjoy the well-deserved view over our beautiful city!

  • The Night trail

    Are you done with the museums (temporarily) and want to enjoy some outdoor air? Go outside and discover what the Night trail has to offer! Step onto a tour boat to get to another destination or board one of our tuktuks. On the road you will be surprised by the young talent that lights up the Night trail!

  • Museum Boerhaave

    After a large renovation, Rijksmuseum Boerhaave is open to the public again. As a treasure trove of science and medicine, we tell you all about the most important discoveries in our Dutch history of science.


  • Academy Building

    Once again it will be possible to visit the Academy Building during the Museumnacht Leiden. Rediscover this majestic old university building, wondering what’s going to take place? Follow the Facebook and Instagram for more updates!

  • Afterparty Museumnacht 2019

    The Leiden Museum Night is not over until the music stops - so there is no reason to go home on time! This year the afterparty will once again take place in the Gebr. de Nobel. Come dance and talk about the Museum Night Leiden 2018 from 00:30am. There will be limited places, so be on time because full = full. Come and dance all night with a beer in your hand!

  • Transport

    The following means of transport are free if you show your Museumnacht wristband during the event.

    Parking & Shuttles: Cheap parking is possible at the Haagweg close to the city parking place. The shuttle then brings you to one of the four stops.

    Boats: The Leidse Rederij provides taxi-tours on the water between three boarding points in the inner city.

    Tuktuks: Be transported by these motorized bikes.

    Boat stops
    Tuktuk stops