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

Program
2017

  • Guided Weavers-house tour

    Continuously 20.00 - 23.00

    Are you wondering how a traditional lWeaver House looks like? Discover it at the Museum Night! Experienced volunteers show you the work place and living quarters of the former weaver families during a quick tour. The entire evening a weaving demonstration will be given on the loom from 1830.

    Limited space

    Visit the telescopes - Start main entrance Sterrewacht

    Time: 20:00 - 01:00

    Oude Sterrewacht Leiden

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  • Bisto in Vitro

    Continuously 20.00 - 01.00

    Taste ice cream from the future! Their vitro meat will take you right to the year 2028. Come and taste polar bear- or bacon ice cream. Suitable for vegetarians!

    English Child friendly

    Sound food - Hart van Veen

    Time: 20:00 - 21:45, 22:30 - 0:00

    Oude Sterrewacht Leiden

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  • CSI Leiden, who killed Leuntje Bol? - Boisotkade

    Continuously 20:00 - 01:00

    Step into another world with Wentel. Confuse your senses with this special project, which is for instance known from the Lowlands festival. 

    English Child friendly

    Cycle through Europe with Virtual Reality

    Time: 20:00 - 1:00

    Het Nachtpad

    Also explore
  • Ghost Tour

    Continously 20:00 - 01:00

    When the lights go out, the historical collection comes to live. Do you dare enter?

     

    English Child friendly

    Museum Mystery

    Time: 20:00-01:00

    Rijksmuseum van Oudheden

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  • Jazzy Tunes

    Continuously 20:00 - 01:00

    Enjoy the smooth jazz tunes from saxophonist Kasper, whilst at the same time trying a vitro ice cream from Bistro in Vitro.

    English

    Living room concerts - Jazz Trio: Younes Benslimane & special guest

    Time: 23:00-0:00

    Hortus Botanicus Leiden

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  • Explore the mill

    Continuously 20:00 - 01:00

    The mill will open its doors tonight for all the curious visitors who would love to see how a miller used to live. Additionally, you are able to climb to the top, which gives you a beautiful view over Leiden. Be sure to wear flat shoes, and don’t be afraid to climb and descend steep stairs. (Not accessible for wheelchairs)

    English Child friendly

    Guided Weavers-house tour

    Continuously 20.00 - 23.00

    Museum Het Leids Wevershuis

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  • It’s time, to learn more about nature

    Time: 20:00 - 0:30

    Taxidermy is actually preserving natural dead objects. By preserving them, we learn from nature. Becky Desjardins will prepare a bee-eater, you can see is live and ask her all your questions.

    English Child friendly

    Een tussenuur met Meester Bart

    Time: 22:00 - 22:45, 23:30 - 00:15

    Museum Volkenkunde

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  • Meet & Greet with Darwin

    Time: 20:00 - 0:30

    Charles Darwin extinct?! I don’t think so! You can find him walking around the Academy building and he would be happy to accompany you in a conversation.

    English Child friendly

    Parade White STX

    Time: 20:00, 21:00, 22:00

    Rijksmuseum van Oudheden

    Also explore
  • Timeless hits by Carlijn & Merle

    Time: 20:00, 21:00, 22:00, 23:00, 24:00

    Students from Leiden, Carlijn Andriessen & Merle Verseef play their fantastic covers live!

    English

    The Syrens

    Time: 20:45, 21:45, 22:45, 23:45

    Oude Sterrewacht Leiden

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  • Immortalize yourself

    Time: 20:00 - 0:30

    Create an awesome picture of you or your friends in alcohol!

    English
  • Experiment with iGem

    Time: 20:00 - 0:30

    Come join the iGem team and build your own DNA model. These students from Delft will give you an introduction to the world of DNA and genetic manipulation. How do scientists manipulate DNA? And which doors does this open?

    English
  • Sound food - Hart van Veen

    Time: 20:00 - 21:45, 22:30 - 0:00

    In the Old Observatory you can take a bite of the future. With a spoon you can experience the sounds, which will resonate in your head through your teeth. How does the future taste? And what does the universe sound like? Take part in this unique experience!

    English Child friendly
  • Planetarium

    Time: 20:00 - 1:00

    Come and be enchanted by the magnificence of the universe in the projected planetarium.

    English Child friendly
  • [canceled] Interactive artwork - Vincent Icke

    Time: 20:00 - 1:00

    HAS BEEN CANCELED due to unforeseen complications.

    English Child friendly
  • Visit the telescopes - Start main entrance Sterrewacht

    Time: 20:00 - 01:00

    The observatory domes are opened especially for the Museumnacht, so you can come and take a look through one of the telescopes. During the tour you will hear more about modern astronomy and the history of the building.

    English Child friendly
  • Yoga

    Time: 20:00-1:00

    Catch your breath between the scents of flowers in the Botanical Gardens. Join a short yoga session and start feeling completely zen. Now you are ready for the rest of this evening! Namasté.

    http://www.namastebodymind.nl

    English
  • Rino: Freezing Physics

    Time: 20:00 - 23:00

    Enjoy the spectacular physics experiments carried out by Rino. Students demonstrate various tests which show interesting physical phenomena at extremely low temperatures. This provides many surprising effects.

    English Child friendly
  • Cycle through Europe with Virtual Reality

    Time: 20:00 - 1:00

    Cylcying on an ordinary bike over the Rapenburg? No! Discover the art highlights from Europe, while biking with a Virtual Reality headset on. During this memorable bike ride, the art goer becomes a tourist, and the tourist becomes an art goer.

    English

    Yoga

    Time: 20:00-1:00

    Hortus Botanicus Leiden

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  • Arttube ARThart

    Time: 20:00-1:00

    By swiping to the left (dislike) or to the right (like) with works of art, you will create a personal ARTHart within 30 seconds. Does your hart start to beat faster from a romantic art stream or do you prefer a more modern style? Come and discover it now during the Museum Night!

    English
  • Escaperoom Fenomena Logica

    Time: 20:00 - 0:00

    The theme of this mobile escape room is a travelling circus troupe from the 20st century. Your task is to aid the helpless Bearded Lady with a mission. She will lock up groups of five people in the dormitories of the creepy circus director. Will you succeed in helping the Bearded Lady in only 10 minutes? Do it before the circus director returns, or else…

    English
  • The Better Future Factory

    Time: 20:00 - 1:00

    Curious to see how your plastic cup goes through the shredder and via an interactive recycle machine end up in a 3D-printer? Your plastic will be printed into a real 3D ring with the Museum Night logo on it. Come and see it for yourself at the recycle machine of The Better Future Factory!

  • Spoken-word-artists on board

    Time: 20:00 - 0:30

    Enjoy Leiden from the canals by taking a tour boat at the Nachtpad. Two of the boats will have a spoken-word-artist from the Poetry Circle Nowhere on board. They shall, only tonight, perform for the museum night visitors!

  • Love Through Dance/Tribes Yoga & Dansstudio

    Time: 20:00 - 1:00

    This dance group has put together a very unique ballet spectacle for the Museum Night.  Performing at the Rapenburg, you’ll travel through time with the performers.

    http://yourtribes.nl/

    English Child friendly

    Medieval dance workshop Datura

    21:00, 22:00, 23:00, 00:00

    Erfgoed Leiden en Omstreken

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  • Dress to impress

    Europakamer, Time: 20:00 - 0:30

    Welcome in our photostudio, ´Strike a pose´ and capture yourself in a Japanese styled photo for forever.

    English
  • Time travellers -Silent Disco

    Binnenplaats, Time: 20:00 - 0:00

    Can´t wait till the afterparty? Practice your moves silently with Japanese music.

    English
  • Ema – Make your own happiness

    2e verdieping, Time: 20:00 - 01:00

    Ema are wooden plates that are used in Japanese temples for lucky wishes. Make an ema and who knows? Your wish might come true!

    English
  • Sushi and Sake

    Tuin, Time: 20:00 - 0:00

    Come to relax in our garden, drink a Japanese beer or a glass of sake and taste our most delicious sushi made by Taji-The-Chef.

    English
  • Taiko Drums

    Rapenburg, Time: 20:00, 21:00, 22:00

    You can hear them from afar! Come watch and listen to Pure Percussion on the Japanese Taiko drums.

    English
  • Parade White STX

    Time: 20:00, 21:00, 22:00

    An enchanting parade of mysterious apparitions in the Egyptian Temple Hall. An unforgettable theatre show with rhythmical beats. And you are right between them!

    English
  • Museum Mystery

    Time: 20:00-01:00

    Join this brain bending game scour through all the galleries! Discover by whom, thousands of years ago, the tastiest drinks were brewed, and how. With prizes for the best sleuth.

  • Music at the Temple

    Time: 20:00-01:00

    Get dancing! In front of the two thousand year old Egyptian temple the DJ plays your all time favourite hits. From golden oldies to timeless top tunes and musical memories.

    English
  • Egyptian Schmink Shop

    Time: 20:00-23:00

    Do you fancy the ancient Egyptian look? This is the only real make-up shop where your eyes can be transformed into a true work of art!

    English
  • Museumcafé

    Time: 20:00-01:00

    Enjoy the tastiest timeless drinks and snacks to get completely focussed again!

    English
  • Underneath the starry sky

    Time: 20:00 - 0:00

    Thirsty, hungry, or just ready to take a break? Install yourself on one of the benches in our outdoor lounge whilst consuming one of our delecious drinks and some fresh french fries from Karl’s Bio Fries. Or dance along with the Convoi Exceptional’s catchy live performance!  

    Child friendly
  • Draw your own manga

    TIme: 20:00 - 0:00

    Have you ever wished you could draw in the japanese manga style? Then come along and learn from professional manga drawers how to draw your own character!

    Child friendly
  • Everyone can learn the art of calligraphy

    20:15, 21:45, 23:15

    ‘Everyone can learn the art of calligraphy’ is the theme of this workshop. In a short time, you will learn to write the alphabet in every detail.

    English Limited space

    Draw your own manga

    TIme: 20:00 - 0:00

    Museum Volkenkunde

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  • About time Quiz

    Time:20:15, 21:15, 22:45, 23:45

    How old is the oldest tomato? Since when are mammoths extinct? You will find out in the About time quiz. Join in with your own smartphone and win great prrrrizes!

    The Grand Astronomical Pubquiz

    Time: 21:00 - 21:30 (EN) 23:00 - 23:30 (NL)

    Oude Sterrewacht Leiden

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  • Musiqal

    Time: 20:15 - 23:30

    A young group of students from Leiden shall give away a sneak preview of their upcoming musiqal in June (no the ‘q’ is not a mistake). Interested in Leiden’s young talent? You will find them on the Nachtpad…

    Child friendly
  • Naughty Japan - Shunga

    Panoramaroom, Time: 20:15 – 20:45 NL, 22:15 – 22:45 NL, 23:30-0:00 ENG

    Erotic prints have been made in Japan for centuries. Learn everything about Shunga during this exciting lecture.

  • Time never stands still

    Time: 20:15

    Only available in Dutch.

    Limited space
  • Spicy tours

    Time: 20:15, 20:45, 21:00, 21:30

    At various times in the evening you can be guided through the Hortus greenhouses and gardens. The Hortus is the oldest botanical garden in the Netherlands. More information will be given about the exhibition "Crown Jewels of Asia". Find out where your favorite spices really come from, and explore the highlights from the Hortus with your guide.

    At the start of each tour, a Dutch and an English guide will leave.

    English
  • Leids Viswijvenkoor & Rumor di Mare

    20.30 - 23.30

    Be serenaded from the balustrade of the windmill by the one and only Leidse Viswijvenkoor. To be able to give our visitor the best of both worlds, the Viswijvenkoor will alternate with the male choir Rumor di Mare. They will sing in different languages about early voyages and sailors.

    English Limited space

    Taiko Drums

    Rapenburg, Time: 20:00, 21:00, 22:00

    Japanmuseum SieboldHuis

    Also explore
  • Magic Lantern

    20:30, 21:30 (ENG), 22:30

    Imagine you live in the 19th century. It's expensive to travel, there was no television, and seeing pictures was still something novel. Then all of the sudden you see an image being projected on the wall, how magical that must have seemed! During the museumnight Dr. Sarah Dellmann from the University of Utrecht will be giving a talk on her own research on the magic lantern. Magic lantern collector Gwen Sebus will be projecting old city sights of Leiden, distant lands, and visual jokes from the time.

    Vincent Icke - Reisbureau Einstein

    Time: 22:00 - 23:00

    Oude Sterrewacht Leiden

    Also explore
  • Living room concerts - Wander

    Time: 20:30-21:15

    The 24 year old from Amsterdam who's talent was discovered during the "Giels Talenshow". Always knows how get people on their feet with his fantastic Dutch songs.

    Child friendly
  • Flowerpower – Ikebana

    Kelder, Time: 20:30 – 21:00, 21:30 – 22:00, 22:30-23:00

    Join the workshop Ikebana and take a flowery piece of Japanese culture home.

  • Ancient Egyptian beer tasting

    Time: 20:30, 21:30, 22:30

    Take a sip and let a newly brewed pharaonic beer tickle your taste buds. Beer was of central importance to the ancient Egyptians, over five thousand years ago. Do you want to know what that tasted like? (18+)

    English
  • Workshop hieroglyphs

    Time: 20:30, 21:00, 21:30, 22:00, 22:30, 23:00, 23:30

    I love you in hieroglyphs? An encrypted message?? Decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics and create them yourself at this exciting mini-worksho

    English
  • Speed tours

    Time: 20:30, 21:30, 22:30, 23:30

    Short and sharp. Museum specialists guide you during nighttime hours in fast speed along mystical and fascinating places in the museum.

  • About Time Tour

    Time: 20:30(NL), 21:30(NL), 22:30(ENG), 23:30(ENG)

    Come along with the Japan curator on a journey through time in the exhibition COOL JAPAN. Find out how the hugely popular modern manga has its roots in the age old Japanese art of drawing. One will also find bits and pieces of japanese horror on this nocturnal tour!




     

    English
  • Time for Darwin

    Time: 20:45(NL), 21:45(ENG)

    Species that are best adapted to their environment will survive. Voila; Darwin's evolution theory in a nutshell. By means of skulls Matthijs Graner will tell you about human evolution over the last 2.5 million years.

  • The Syrens

    Time: 20:45, 21:45, 22:45, 23:45

    With their harmonious voices The Syrens show their musicality in the Old Observatory. These pop / folk singers mainly play songs from their own repertoire, occasionally interspersed with covers. Accompanied by piano, we hear Celtic influences in the music of this band.

    English Child friendly
  • The world according to René Oskam

    Time: 20:45, 21:45, 22:45, 23:45

    Only available in Dutch.

    Jan and Sanne Terlouw on 'Time'

    Time: 21:00 - 21:45

    Museum Volkenkunde

    Also explore
  • Spicy tours

    Time: 20:15, 20:45, 21:00, 21:30

    At various times in the evening you can be guided through the Hortus greenhouses and gardens. The Hortus is the oldest botanical garden in the Netherlands. More information will be given about the exhibition "Crown Jewels of Asia". Find out where your favorite spices really come from, and explore the highlights from the Hortus with your guide.

    At the start of each tour, a Dutch and an English guide will leave.

    English
  • Medieval dance workshop Datura

    21:00, 22:00, 23:00, 00:00

    In half an hour you learn to dance like people in the Middle Ages. Dive into the world of courtly love.

    English Child friendly

    Time travellers -Silent Disco

    Binnenplaats, Time: 20:00 - 0:00

    Japanmuseum SieboldHuis

    Also explore
  • Timeless hits by Carlijn & Merle

    Time: 20:00, 21:00, 22:00, 23:00, 24:00

    Students from Leiden, Carlijn Andriessen & Merle Verseef play their fantastic covers live!

    English

    The Syrens

    Time: 20:45, 21:45, 22:45, 23:45

    Oude Sterrewacht Leiden

    Also explore
  • The Grand Astronomical Pubquiz

    Time: 21:00 - 21:30 (EN) 23:00 - 23:30 (NL)

    Compete against your friends and relatives in the Pub quiz about astronomy. The quiz will take you on a journey through the universe, and challenges you to think about startling astronomical phenomena. Test your knowledge and win the coveted prize!

    English Child friendly

    Everyone can learn the art of calligraphy

    20:15, 21:45, 23:15

    Erfgoed Leiden en Omstreken

    Also explore
  • Be the Tree

    Time: 21:00 - 1:00

    Become one with the tree in the Hortus Botanicus! Using an awesome interactive video installation, made by audio-visual designer Jasper Toelie, you can project your face onto the top of a tree. #bethetree

    English Child friendly
  • Lightpainting

    Time: 21:00-23:00, 23:30-1:00

    Using infrared, lasers and all the LED colours you could possibly imagine, you can create a unique light portrait. Among the exotic plants in the greenhouses of the Botanical gardens, digital designer Jasper Toeli will create pictures where you will be surrounded by light paint.

    English Child friendly
  • Taiko Drums

    Rapenburg, Time: 20:00, 21:00, 22:00

    You can hear them from afar! Come watch and listen to Pure Percussion on the Japanese Taiko drums.

    English
  • Parade White STX

    Time: 20:00, 21:00, 22:00

    An enchanting parade of mysterious apparitions in the Egyptian Temple Hall. An unforgettable theatre show with rhythmical beats. And you are right between them!

    English
  • Workshop hieroglyphs

    Time: 20:30, 21:00, 21:30, 22:00, 22:30, 23:00, 23:30

    I love you in hieroglyphs? An encrypted message?? Decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics and create them yourself at this exciting mini-worksho

    English
  • Roman storyteller

    Time: 21:00, 22:00, 23:00

    Timeless Roman stories at the Roman gallery, near the impressive Roman emperors, told by a ‘genuine’ Roman storyteller. You’ll be hardly able to take it all in.

  • Jan and Sanne Terlouw on 'Time'

    Time: 21:00 - 21:45

    Only available in Dutch.

    Limited space
  • Behind the scenes: COOL JAPAN

    Time: 21:00(NL), 22:00(NL), 23:00(ENG), 0:00(ENG)

    Curator Rik Herder gives a unique peek behind the scenes and will be telling you all about the many connections and feats of teamwork that make the exhibition COOL JAPAN so special. With a cosplayer that will show you how to make the ideal costume, the owner of a manga-collection that bought thousands of books especially for the museum and a whole series of artists that hid references to Dutch culture in their work. Don’t miss out!

    English
  • Spicy tours

    Time: 20:15, 20:45, 21:00, 21:30

    At various times in the evening you can be guided through the Hortus greenhouses and gardens. The Hortus is the oldest botanical garden in the Netherlands. More information will be given about the exhibition "Crown Jewels of Asia". Find out where your favorite spices really come from, and explore the highlights from the Hortus with your guide.

    At the start of each tour, a Dutch and an English guide will leave.

    English
  • About time Quiz

    Time: 20:15, 21:15, 22:45, 23:45

    How old is the oldest tomato? Since when are mammoths extinct? You will find out in the About time quiz. Join in with your own smartphone and win great prrrrizes!

    The Grand Astronomical Pubquiz

    Time: 21:00 - 21:30 (EN) 23:00 - 23:30 (NL)

    Oude Sterrewacht Leiden

    Also explore
  • History repeating. Buddhist ideas about time in traditional Japan.

    Panoramaroom: 21:15 – 21:45 NL, 23:00 – 23:30 ENG

    The repeating of time is a generally known idea among Japanese Buddhists. Professor Ivo Smits will tell you all about this during his lecture.

  • Magic Lantern

    20:30, 21:30 (ENG), 22:30

    Imagine you live in the 19th century. It's expensive to travel, there was no television, and seeing pictures was still something novel. Then all of the sudden you see an image being projected on the wall, how magical that must have seemed! During the museumnight Dr. Sarah Dellmann from the University of Utrecht will be giving a talk on her own research on the magic lantern. Magic lantern collector Gwen Sebus will be projecting old city sights of Leiden, distant lands, and visual jokes from the time.

    English

    Vincent Icke - Reisbureau Einstein

    Time: 22:00 - 23:00

    Oude Sterrewacht Leiden

    Also explore
  • Flowerpower – Ikebana

    Kelder, Time: 20:30 – 21:00, 21:30 – 22:00, 22:30-23:00

    Join the workshop Ikebana and take a flowery piece of Japanese culture home.

  • Ancient Egyptian beer tasting

    Time: 20:30, 21:30, 22:30

    Take a sip and let a newly brewed pharaonic beer tickle your taste buds. Beer was of central importance to the ancient Egyptians, over five thousand years ago. Do you want to know what that tasted like? (18+)

    English
  • Workshop hieroglyphs

    Time: 20:30, 21:00, 21:30, 22:00, 22:30, 23:00, 23:30

    I love you in hieroglyphs? An encrypted message?? Decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics and create them yourself at this exciting mini-worksho

    English
  • Speed tours

    Time: 20:30, 21:30, 22:30, 23:30

    Short and sharp. Museum specialists guide you during nighttime hours in fast speed along mystical and fascinating places in the museum.

  • About Time Tour

    Time: 20:30(NL), 21:30(NL), 22:30(ENG), 23:30(ENG)

    Come along with the Japan curator on a journey through time in the exhibition COOL JAPAN. Find out how the hugely popular modern manga has its roots in the age old Japanese art of drawing. One will also find bits and pieces of japanese horror on this nocturnal tour!

     

    English
  • Spicy tours

    Time: 20:15, 20:45, 21:00, 21:30

    At various times in the evening you can be guided through the Hortus greenhouses and gardens. The Hortus is the oldest botanical garden in the Netherlands. More information will be given about the exhibition "Crown Jewels of Asia". Find out where your favorite spices really come from, and explore the highlights from the Hortus with your guide.

    At the start of each tour, a Dutch and an English guide will leave.

    English
  • Everyone can learn the art of calligraphy

    20:15, 21:45, 23:15

    ‘Everyone can learn the art of calligraphy’ is the theme of this workshop. In a short time, you will learn to write the alphabet in every detail.

    English Limited space

    Draw your own manga

    TIme: 20:00 - 0:00

    Museum Volkenkunde

    Also explore
  • Time for Darwin

    Time: 20:45(NL), 21:45(ENG)

    Species that are best adapted to their environment will survive. Voila; Darwin's evolution theory in a nutshell. By means of skulls Matthijs Graner will tell you about human evolution over the last 2.5 million years.

    English
  • The Syrens

    Time: 20:45, 21:45, 22:45, 23:45

    With their harmonious voices The Syrens show their musicality in the Old Observatory. These pop / folk singers mainly play songs from their own repertoire, occasionally interspersed with covers. Accompanied by piano, we hear Celtic influences in the music of this band.

    English Child friendly
  • Living room concerts - Steffen Morrison

    Tijd: 21:45-22:30

    Steffen Morrison brings classic soul back to life. He's known amongst a wide range of people due to the original twist that he's given to the genre. Know from festivals, TV and in theaters with his production "I'm a Soulman", Steffen always manages to move his audience with his warm soulfull singing. On the Museumnight he'll be singing in the Hortus Botanicus for one of the livingroom concerts. Don't miss out!

    English

    Jazzy Tunes

    Continuously 20:00 - 01:00

    Erfgoed Leiden en Omstreken

    Also explore
  • The world according to René Oskam

    Time: 20:45, 21:45, 22:45, 23:45

    Only available in Dutch.

    Jan and Sanne Terlouw on 'Time'

    Time: 21:00 - 21:45

    Museum Volkenkunde

    Also explore
  • Medieval dance workshop Datura

    21:00, 22:00, 23:00, 00:00

    In half an hour you learn to dance like people in the Middle Ages. Dive into the world of courtly love.

    English Child friendly

    Time travellers -Silent Disco

    Binnenplaats, Time: 20:00 - 0:00

    Japanmuseum SieboldHuis

    Also explore
  • Timeless hits by Carlijn & Merle

    Time: 20:00, 21:00, 22:00, 23:00, 24:00

    Students from Leiden, Carlijn Andriessen & Merle Verseef play their fantastic covers live!

    English

    The Syrens

    Time: 20:45, 21:45, 22:45, 23:45

    Oude Sterrewacht Leiden

    Also explore
  • Vincent Icke - Reisbureau Einstein

    Time: 22:00 - 23:00

    Only available in Dutch.

    Limited space
  • Taiko Drums

    Rapenburg, Time: 20:00, 21:00, 22:00

    You can hear them from afar! Come watch and listen to Pure Percussion on the Japanese Taiko drums.

    English
  • Parade White STX

    Time: 20:00, 21:00, 22:00

    An enchanting parade of mysterious apparitions in the Egyptian Temple Hall. An unforgettable theatre show with rhythmical beats. And you are right between them!

    English
  • Workshop hieroglyphs

    Time: 20:30, 21:00, 21:30, 22:00, 22:30, 23:00, 23:30

    I love you in hieroglyphs? An encrypted message?? Decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics and create them yourself at this exciting mini-worksho

    English
  • Roman storyteller

    Time: 21:00, 22:00, 23:00

    Timeless Roman stories at the Roman gallery, near the impressive Roman emperors, told by a ‘genuine’ Roman storyteller. You’ll be hardly able to take it all in.

  • Een tussenuur met Meester Bart

    Time: 22:00 - 22:45, 23:30 - 00:15

    Only available in Dutch.

    Limited space
  • Behind the scenes: COOL JAPAN

    Time: 21:00(NL), 22:00(NL), 23:00(ENG), 0:00(ENG)

    Curator Rik Herder gives a unique peek behind the scenes and will be telling you all about the many connections and feats of teamwork that make the exhibition COOL JAPAN so special. With a cosplayer that will show you how to make the ideal costume, the owner of a manga-collection that bought thousands of books especially for the museum and a whole series of artists that hid references to Dutch culture in their work. Don’t miss out!

    English
  • Workshop Robot Dance

    Time: 22:00-22:30, 23:00-23:30, 00:00-00:30

    Stopping after every movement, showing no emotion on your face, and moving all body parts seperately: that's how you dance the robot! But what does this look like exactly? Dance with the humanlike robot Pepper during this workshop for all ages.

    Child friendly
  • About dodo’s and flying dragons: on expedition

    Time: 22:15(NL), 23:15(ENG)

    Expeditions were often very dangerous, but thanks to these expeditions we know more about the world.  Marijke Besselink & Andreas Weber will tell you the exciting stories.

    Roman storyteller

    Time: 21:00, 22:00, 23:00

    Rijksmuseum van Oudheden

    Also explore
  • Naughty Japan - Shunga

    Panoramaroom, Time: 20:15 – 20:45 NL, 22:15 – 22:45 NL, 23:30-0:00 ENG

    Erotic prints have been made in Japan for centuries. Learn everything about Shunga during this exciting lecture.

  • Magic Lantern

    20:30, 21:30 (ENG), 22:30

    Imagine you live in the 19th century. It's expensive to travel, there was no television, and seeing pictures was still something novel. Then all of the sudden you see an image being projected on the wall, how magical that must have seemed! During the museumnight Dr. Sarah Dellmann from the University of Utrecht will be giving a talk on her own research on the magic lantern. Magic lantern collector Gwen Sebus will be projecting old city sights of Leiden, distant lands, and visual jokes from the time.

    Vincent Icke - Reisbureau Einstein

    Time: 22:00 - 23:00

    Oude Sterrewacht Leiden

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  • Sound food - Hart van Veen

    Time: 20:00 - 21:45, 22:30 - 0:00

    In the Old Observatory you can take a bite of the future. With a spoon you can experience the sounds, which will resonate in your head through your teeth. How does the future taste? And what does the universe sound like? Take part in this unique experience!

    English Child friendly
  • Flowerpower – Ikebana

    Kelder, Time: 20:30 – 21:00, 21:30 – 22:00, 22:30-23:00

    Join the workshop Ikebana and take a flowery piece of Japanese culture home.

  • Ancient Egyptian beer tasting

    Time: 20:30, 21:30, 22:30

    Take a sip and let a newly brewed pharaonic beer tickle your taste buds. Beer was of central importance to the ancient Egyptians, over five thousand years ago. Do you want to know what that tasted like? (18+)

    English
  • Workshop hieroglyphs

    Time: 20:30, 21:00, 21:30, 22:00, 22:30, 23:00, 23:30

    I love you in hieroglyphs? An encrypted message?? Decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics and create them yourself at this exciting mini-worksho

    English
  • Speed tours

    Time: 20:30, 21:30, 22:30, 23:30

    Short and sharp. Museum specialists guide you during nighttime hours in fast speed along mystical and fascinating places in the museum.

  • About Time Tour

    Time: 20:30(NL), 21:30(NL), 22:30(ENG), 23:30(ENG)

    Come along with the Japan curator on a journey through time in the exhibition COOL JAPAN. Find out how the hugely popular modern manga has its roots in the age old Japanese art of drawing. One will also find bits and pieces of japanese horror on this nocturnal tour!

     

    English
  • About time Quiz

    Time: 20:15, 21:15, 22:45, 23:45

    How old is the oldest tomato? Since when are mammoths extinct? You will find out in the About time quiz. Join in with your own smartphone and win great prrrrizes!

    The Grand Astronomical Pubquiz

    Time: 21:00 - 21:30 (EN) 23:00 - 23:30 (NL)

    Oude Sterrewacht Leiden

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  • The Syrens

    Time: 20:45, 21:45, 22:45, 23:45

    With their harmonious voices The Syrens show their musicality in the Old Observatory. These pop / folk singers mainly play songs from their own repertoire, occasionally interspersed with covers. Accompanied by piano, we hear Celtic influences in the music of this band.

    English Child friendly
  • De wereld volgens René Oskam

    Time: 20:45, 21:45, 22:45, 23:45

    Only available in Dutch.

    Jan and Sanne Terlouw on 'Time'

    Time: 21:00 - 21:45

    Museum Volkenkunde

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  • Japanquiz

    Time: 22:45 - 23:15

    Only available in Dutch.

  • Medieval dance workshop Datura

    21:00, 22:00, 23:00, 00:00

    In half an hour you learn to dance like people in the Middle Ages. Dive into the world of courtly love.

    English Child friendly

    Time travellers -Silent Disco

    Binnenplaats, Time: 20:00 - 0:00

    Japanmuseum SieboldHuis

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  • Timeless hits by Carlijn & Merle

    Time: 20:00, 21:00, 22:00, 23:00, 24:00

    Students from Leiden, Carlijn Andriessen & Merle Verseef play their fantastic covers live!

    English

    The Syrens

    Time: 20:45, 21:45, 22:45, 23:45

    Oude Sterrewacht Leiden

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  • Living room concerts - Jazz Trio: Younes Benslimane & special guest

    Time: 23:00-0:00

    This jazz trio brings a dynamic vibe for the late hours. Dare to a dance in the Botanical gardens?

    English
  • History repeating. Buddhist ideas about time in traditional Japan.

    Panoramaroom: 21:15 – 21:45 NL, 23:00 – 23:30 ENG

    The repeating of time is a generally known idea among Japanese Buddhists. Professor Ivo Smits will tell you all about this during his lecture.

    English
  • Workshop hieroglyphs

    Time: 20:30, 21:00, 21:30, 22:00, 22:30, 23:00, 23:30

    I love you in hieroglyphs? An encrypted message?? Decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics and create them yourself at this exciting mini-worksho

    English
  • Roman storyteller

    Time: 21:00, 22:00, 23:00

    Timeless Roman stories at the Roman gallery, near the impressive Roman emperors, told by a ‘genuine’ Roman storyteller. You’ll be hardly able to take it all in.

  • Behind the scenes: COOL JAPAN

    Time: 21:00(NL), 22:00(NL), 23:00(ENG), 0:00(ENG)

    Curator Rik Herder gives a unique peek behind the scenes and will be telling you all about the many connections and feats of teamwork that make the exhibition COOL JAPAN so special. With a cosplayer that will show you how to make the ideal costume, the owner of a manga-collection that bought thousands of books especially for the museum and a whole series of artists that hid references to Dutch culture in their work. Don’t miss out!

    English
  • Workshop Robot Dance

    Time: 22:00-22:30, 23:00-23:30, 00:00-00:30

    Stopping after every movement, showing no emotion on your face, and moving all body parts seperately: that's how you dance the robot! But what does this look like exactly? Dance with the humanlike robot Pepper during this workshop for all ages.

    Child friendly
  • The Grand Astronomical Pubquiz

    Time: 21:00 - 21:30 (EN) 23:00 - 23:30 (NL)

    Compete against your friends and relatives in the Pub quiz about astronomy. The quiz will take you on a journey through the universe, and challenges you to think about startling astronomical phenomena. Test your knowledge and win the coveted prize!

  • Everyone can learn the art of calligraphy

    20:15, 21:45, 23:15

    ‘Everyone can learn the art of calligraphy’ is the theme of this workshop. In a short time, you will learn to write the alphabet in every detail.

    English Limited space

    Draw your own manga

    TIme: 20:00 - 0:00

    Museum Volkenkunde

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  • About dodo’s and flying dragons: on expedition

    Time: 22:15(NL), 23:15(ENG)

    Expeditions were often very dangerous, but thanks to these expeditions we know more about the world.  Marijke Besselink & Andreas Weber will tell you the exciting stories.

    English

    Roman storyteller

    Time: 21:00, 22:00, 23:00

    Rijksmuseum van Oudheden

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  • Lightpainting

    Time: 21:00-23:00, 23:30-1:00

    Using infrared, lasers and all the LED colours you could possibly imagine, you can create a unique light portrait. Among the exotic plants in the greenhouses of the Botanical gardens, digital designer Jasper Toeli will create pictures where you will be surrounded by light paint.

    English Child friendly
  • Naughty Japan - Shunga

    Panoramaroom, Time: 20:15 – 20:45 NL, 22:15 – 22:45 NL, 23:30-0:00 ENG

    Erotic prints have been made in Japan for centuries. Learn everything about Shunga during this exciting lecture.

    English
  • Workshop hieroglyphs

    Time: 20:30, 21:00, 21:30, 22:00, 22:30, 23:00, 23:30

    I love you in hieroglyphs? An encrypted message?? Decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics and create them yourself at this exciting mini-worksho

    English
  • Speed tours

    Time: 20:30, 21:30, 22:30, 23:30

    Short and sharp. Museum specialists guide you during nighttime hours in fast speed along mystical and fascinating places in the museum.

  • About Time Tour

    Time: 20:30(NL), 21:30(NL), 22:30(ENG), 23:30(ENG)

    Come along with the Japan curator on a journey through time in the exhibition COOL JAPAN. Find out how the hugely popular modern manga has its roots in the age old Japanese art of drawing. One will also find bits and pieces of japanese horror on this nocturnal tour!

     

    English
  • Een tussenuur met Meester Bart

    Time: 22:00 - 22:45, 23:30 - 00:15

    Only available in Dutch.

    Limited space
  • About time Quiz

    Time: 20:15, 21:15, 22:45, 23:45

    How old is the oldest tomato? Since when are mammoths extinct? You will find out in the About time quiz. Join in with your own smartphone and win great prrrrizes!

    The Grand Astronomical Pubquiz

    Time: 21:00 - 21:30 (EN) 23:00 - 23:30 (NL)

    Oude Sterrewacht Leiden

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  • The Syrens

    Time: 20:45, 21:45, 22:45, 23:45

    With their harmonious voices The Syrens show their musicality in the Old Observatory. These pop / folk singers mainly play songs from their own repertoire, occasionally interspersed with covers. Accompanied by piano, we hear Celtic influences in the music of this band.

    English Child friendly
  • The world according to René Oskam

    Time: 20:45, 21:45, 22:45, 23:45

    Only available in Dutch.

    Jan and Sanne Terlouw on 'Time'

    Time: 21:00 - 21:45

    Museum Volkenkunde

    Also explore
  • Medieval dance workshop Datura

    21:00, 22:00, 23:00, 00:00

    In half an hour you learn to dance like people in the Middle Ages. Dive into the world of courtly love.

    English Child friendly

    Time travellers -Silent Disco

    Binnenplaats, Time: 20:00 - 0:00

    Japanmuseum SieboldHuis

    Also explore
  • Timeless hits by Carlijn & Merle

    Time: 20:00, 21:00, 22:00, 23:00, 24:00

    Students from Leiden, Carlijn Andriessen & Merle Verseef play their fantastic covers live!

    English

    The Syrens

    Time: 20:45, 21:45, 22:45, 23:45

    Oude Sterrewacht Leiden

    Also explore
  • Behind the scenes: COOL JAPAN

    Time: 21:00(NL), 22:00(NL), 23:00(ENG), 0:00(ENG)

    Curator Rik Herder gives a unique peek behind the scenes and will be telling you all about the many connections and feats of teamwork that make the exhibition COOL JAPAN so special. With a cosplayer that will show you how to make the ideal costume, the owner of a manga-collection that bought thousands of books especially for the museum and a whole series of artists that hid references to Dutch culture in their work. Don’t miss out!

    English
  • Workshop Robot Dance

    Time: 22:00-22:30, 23:00-23:30, 00:00-00:30

    Stopping after every movement, showing no emotion on your face, and moving all body parts seperately: that's how you dance the robot! But what does this look like exactly? Dance with the humanlike robot Pepper during this workshop for all ages.

    Child friendly
  • Afterparty - Gebr. de Nobel

    Time: 01.00 - 04.00

    The Leiden Museum Night is not over until the music has stopped – so there is no reason to go home on time! Start dancing from 1:00 pm at Gebr. the Nobel to complete your night. Fijne Deuntjes and Cleavage make sure you’ll dance all night long. Fijne Deuntjes combines famous hit songs with the latest beats! Cleavage creates catchy, soulful sounds that will make the temperature rise. Make sure you don’t miss it!

     

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  • Tickets

    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 Gebr. de Nobel.

    Online ticket sales

    Passe-partouts are online available via deze site and Facebook (Museumnacht Leiden). These E-tickets are exchangeable for a wristband on May 19th 2017 from 13.00 pm at the participating museums and on the Beestenmarkt.

    Package deal

    For only €49,50 you’ll get a 3 course dinner in several restaurants, plus a tour along landmarks in Leiden. Note: the package deal starts at 17.00u at the Beestenmarkt.

    Discounts

    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 to Museumnacht Leiden? That’s possible! On the day itself there will be opportunity to obtain a wristband on the Beestenmarkt till 22.00 o'clock.

    During the day this will also be possible at the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Museum Volkenkunde and the Academy Building (Naturalis and Hortus Botanicus).

  • 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.

  • Comeback action

    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 2017’ wristband there is a special offer until September 3rd 2017: 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 2017

    The Museumnacht 2017 kicks off on Friday 19th of May with a typical Dutch ‘VrijMiBo’. Come join us on the Beestenmarkt to listen to live music, drink a beer or a Gin Tonic, get some food from our foodtruck and enjoy the friday afternoon. From five o’clock onwards there will be live music from bands and dj’s throughout the evening and there will be some really cool cultural acts. Can’t wait to see you on the 19th!

  • Hortus Botanicus Leiden

    The Hortus is the oldest botanical garden of West-Europe. Four centuries of collecting, caring, studying and examining have produced a wonderful garden where the fascinating plant world of Asia, Southern Europe and Africa are all within reach.

  • Old Observatory Leiden

    The Oude Sterrewacht is the oldest existing observatory in the world. The observatory is still used for research and the training of astronomers. Nowadays also the audience can visit through the observatory visitor centre.

  • 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!

  • Naturalis in the Academy Building

    This year, Naturalis can be found in the Academy building at the Rapenburg thanks to Leiden University. For anyone interested in the life that was, is and will be! Join the On time quiz, join a live preparation, find out everything about human evolution and make a selfie with Darwin.

  • Museum Volkenkunde

    It promises to be a timeless Museumnight at the Museum Volkenkunde! Go back in time and step into Teacher Bart, go behind the scenes of the exhibition COOL JAPAN, or take a nighttime tour that contains a large dose of both horror and manga. Outside the time won’t be standing still either. Dance the night away under the night sky to the energizing music of Convoi Exceptional, savour one of the drinks from the outdoor lounge and treat yourself with the fresh Bio Fries made by Karel!

  • Japan Museum SieboldHuis

    When you enter Japanmuseum SieboldHuis the ‘ordinary Holland’ vanishes. Take a step into the historical Dutch manor house and enter the world of Japanese culture. Beautiful prints, interesting maps, Japanese lacquer and clothing. All these gems have been collected by the Bavarian doctor Philipp Franz von Siebold between 1823 and 1829.

    Discover Japan’s finest in the Siebold-collection and the temporary exhibitions in Japanmuseum SieboldHuis.

  • Museum Het Leids Wevershuis

    The Wevershuis demonstrates 'a different side to Leiden'. Not Leiden from the rich elite with its monumental houses at Rapenburg, but Leiden from the workers. At the Wevershuis workers wove and lived since 1561. The Wevershuis itself, and its scarce furnishings form the museum. In addition to this, 6 to 8 times a year there are temporary exhibitions. Within the weaving room an antique weaving 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 en Omstreken (ELO)  is more than just an archive of Leiden. ELO is a regional knowledge- and advisory centre where archivists, construction and architectural historians, archaeologists and conservationists collaborate very closely.

  • Molenmuseum de Valk

    Leiden and Molen De Valk are inextricably connected. There once were nineteen windmills built on the city walls of Leiden but only De Valk is still standing today. Since the June 2nd 1966, the museum opened its doors and June this year we will celebrate our 50th anniversary.

  • The night trail

    For an extroaordinairy experience of the Museum Night, the route between the museums will be linked with a special programme. Challenge yourself in the mobile escaperoom or create a beautiful hart of art from your favourite pieces at the ArtHart. Be surprised by the Poetry Circle Nowhere on one of the tour boats, or relax and sit back in a tuktuk which will bring you to your destination. You will be pleasantly surprised by young talent who will bring out the best at the Nachtpad!
     

  • Afterparty Museumnacht 2017

    The Leiden Museum Night is not over until the music has stopped – so there is no reason to go home on time! Start dancing from 1:00 pm at Gebr. the Nobel to complete your night. Fijne Deuntjes and Cleavage make sure you’ll dance all night long. Fijne Deuntjes combines famous hit songs with the latest beats! Cleavage creates catchy, soulful sounds that will make the temperature rise. Make sure you don’t miss it!

  • Transport

    The following means of transport are free by showing your Museumnacht wristband during the Museumnacht.

    Parking & Shuttles: Cheap parking is possible at the Haagweg by the cityparkingplace. 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

News

  • Museunight Leiden Deal

    April 25 2017

    Do you, besides having an interest in culture, also love good food and the city of Leiden? Wel then this deal is just for you! With this deal you get a tour through the Leiden canals in the hours before the start of the Museumnight. Throughout the tour, there will be three different stops, each with a part of the 3-course meal that will be offered to you at the following restaurants: Het Prentenkabinet, Kitch& and Scarlatti. With this set-up you will be able to start the night with a full stomach and some background knowledge of the city.

    Get your deal now at nu op www.museumnachtleiden.nl/en#tickets under "arrangementen".