Opening hours, admission and directions

Opening hours

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

Admission fees

  • Adults: € 14
  • Up to 18 years: free
  • Dutch Museum Card holders: free
  • VriendenLoterij VIP Card holders, ICOM Card holders, members Rembrandt Society, RoMeO-members: free
  • CJP card holders 18+: € 10
  • CJP card holders under 18: free
  • Support for a visitor in a wheelchair: free

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


Book your tickets for your museum visit online or at the desk.

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 Roman emperor Trajan. 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.

Familierondleiding Cyprus

Location and travel directions

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.

Parking the car

Parking the car on the street in the center of Leiden is only possible with a day ticket (€25) or permit pass. Tip: park your car in a parking garage or in the Haagweg parking lot.

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, 6, 169, 182 or 187. 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.

Openingstijden Egyptische zalen

A look inside the Egyptian halls of the museum

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.


You can only take small handbags into the museum building. Backpacks are not allowed. Lockers are available in the cloakroom.

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 (supporter admission free).
  • 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 .