Collection Museum Volkenkunde

Our collection

The collection contains almost 450,000 objects and 260,000 photographic images that are part of the state or municipality collections, and another 350.000 images of documentary value.

Browse through our online collection

Only a small part is on display in the museum galleries. The collection online enables you to browse a growing part of the collection from our museum depot. For this presentation, the collection has been subdivided in objects and photographic collections, and has been linked to constituents, exhibitions, expeditions and themes.

Special guest on the website is the collection of Museum Puri Lukisan from Ubud, containing Balinese paintings and sculptures. 

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Our library

Looking for information about non-European art, material culture and related objects? The library of Museum Volkenkunde has a collection of almost 60,000 books, more than 1,000 series of magazines (of which about 100 are still running), pamphlets and maps.

Everyone is welcome to consult this collection, but lending is unfortunately not possible. There are facilities for making copies.

Online catalog
Do you want to consult a specific publication? Search for these in our catalog: and and request them via

Visiting address and opening hours
Research Center for Material Culture
Boerhaave building (located next to Museum Volkenkunde).
Steenstraat 1A 2312 BS Leiden
T. 088 0042 907

Opening hours 
Tuesday to Friday from 13.00 to 17.00