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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.
Also this year there will be a return action. Take someone with you and visit one of Leiden’s museums at your choice, for free! In exchange for your ‘Museumnacht 2018’ wristband there is a special offer until September 3rd 2018: 2 for 1! With one full ticket, the second person can enter for free at one of the following museums: Hortus botanicus Leiden, Oude Sterrewacht, Museum Volkenkunde, Naturalis, Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Molenmuseum de Valk en Japanmuseum SieboldHuis.
Terms & conditions
This return action cannot be combined with other actions, reductions or rates. For more information about opening hours, see the website of the particular museum you would like to visit.
Museums & locations
Opening Museumnacht 2018
This year the Leiden Museum Night will be 10 years old and that is a reason to celebrate! The Museum Night Leiden kicks off at the Beestenmarkt on 2 June. From 17.00 you can have a drink in the sun while listening to many genres of music. In addition, you can put on your rollerskates and skate on the dance floor. Whether you would like to have drink or do an activity, there is something for everyone. Start your Museum Night the good way 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
At the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (the National Museum of Antiquities) you’ll enjoy the archaeological treasures and intriguing culture of the ancient Egyptians, the Classical World, the ancient Near East and the Netherlands. You will take an exciting step back in time! Get into the time machine, take a sip of ancient Egyptian beer, meet the Roman storyteller, come swinging in the Egyptian temple or start sleuthing for ancient mysteries!
Please note: This program will take place in the Academy Building on the Rapenburg
Once again, you will find Naturalis in the Academy Building on the Rapenburg. Explore the world of poison: join the gigagave poison quiz, join a live taxidermy session, discover everything about Nature and Horror and watch the poison demonstrations.
There is something for everyone during this festive 10th edition of the Museum Night in Museum Volkenkunde! Start the evening with a personal verse from Lars and then enjoy poems and songs nominated by Leiden poet-in-residence Nico Dijkshoorn. For the last time, visit the exhibition JEWELRY - or get acquainted with the new exhibition BALI during a workshop in the Museum Café. Dance in the museum garden under the stars on the festive music of the Magic Mumble Jumble, and continue the evening swinging with the crazy Silent Disco Battle with Lanterfantje in the Great Hall! Have you seen and done a lot? Just refuel in the Tropical Hangout, while enjoying a snack and a drink, and you are ready to go again!
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 Nachtpad has to offer! Challenge yourself in the mobile escaperoom or create your own unique photo in a setting and clothing of your choice at The Cabinet of Curiosities. You can also skate along different music genres across the dance floor at the Rollerdisco at the Beestenmarkt. Step into one of the tour boats to get to another destination or board a tuktuk. On the road you will be surprised by the young talent that lights up the Nachtpad!
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.
During the night we are dedicated to our new exhibition; Frankenstein, on the way to the new man. For 200 years we have been fascinated by 'the monster' and its creator. Will fiction become reality? Come and discover your own manufacturability!
Afterparty Museumnacht 2018
he Leiden Museum Night is not over until the music has stopped - so there is no reason to go home on time! For the second lustrum this year, the afterparty will take place in the Waag. Come dance and talk about the Museum Night Leiden 2018 from 1:00 am. There will be limited places, so be on time because full = full. So come and dance all night with a beer in your hand!
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 stopsTuktuk stops