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200 years National Museum of Antiquities

200th Anniversary National Museum of Antiquities Leiden

The National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2018 with several exhibitions, activities and events:

200 years, 200 events
March to June 2018

Due to the 200th anniversary of the National Museum of Antiquities two hundred VIP-events are organised in the first six months of 2018 for the true fans of the museum and antiquity with peeks in front of and behind the scenes. These activities include an exclusive night tour along the masterpieces of the museum, a peek into the restoration process or a private class by one of the curators. >> Read more (in Dutch)

Already 200 years of history
25 April to 2 September 2018

Already 200 years of history ('Al 200 jaar van nu') is a large retrospective exhibition on the two hundred years of history of the National Museum of Antiquities which was founded in 1818. In this anniversary exhibition you walk through two centuries of the museum’s history, you hear surprising stories and you see more than two hundred objects that have played a prominent role in the museum’s history. >> Read more (in Dutch)

Stamps
On 19 February 2018 PostNL released postal stamps in honour of the 200th anniversary of the National Museum of Antiquities. On ten stamps various objects from the museum collection are depicted. >> Read more

The Red Thread
Around fifty objects contain the ‘Red Thread’ in 2018: these are milestones on which a beautiful story or a nice anecdote about the object in question can be read. The stories are about the objects themselves or their remarkable role in two hundred years of museum history. >> Read more (in Dutch)

Light show on the Egyptian temple
Every day the history of the National Museum of Antiquities is brought to life in a dazzling light show projected on the Egyptian temple in the museum’s central hall. The four-minute spectacle is daily on view at 11.30 a.m., 1.30 p.m. (English) and 3.30 p.m. This light show consists of spectacular images, music, and a spoken narrative with highlights from the 200 years of the museum’s existence. >> Read more