Welcome to Wereldmuseum Leiden!

Check out below what there is to see and do in Leiden and at our other locations: Wereldmuseum Amsterdam and Wereldmuseum Rotterdam. Our research institute RCMC (Research Center for Material Culture) organizes events at various locations.

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On view until October 31

In Brilliant Light

The exhibition In Brilliant Light at Wereldmuseum Leiden provides a platform for contemporary ar Link
Azie - Museum Volkenkunde
Permanent expo


Life-sized statues, religious objects and musical instruments: a range of remarkable objects and stories.  Link
Australische kunst
Permanent expo

Australian art

Contemporary work of Aboriginal art from the collection of the former Aboriginal Art Museum. Link
Boeddhazaal - Museum Volkenkunde
Permanent expo

Buddha room

A must-see during your visit: the world-famous Japanese Buddhas in their atmospheric space. Link
Midden- en Zuid-Amerika - Museum Volkenkunde
Permanent expo

Central and South America

Mayas, Aztecs, Amazon peoples and Incas: ancient cultures with a legendary history. Link
Afrika - Museum Volkenkunde
Permanent expo

Exhibition Africa

Masks from the Dogon to powerful statues. Learn more about this multi-faceted continent. Link
China - Museum Volkenkunde
Permanent expo

Exhibition China

Get to know the ‘centre of the world’ as the Chinese call their country. Link
Also online

Exhibition Deshima Experience

After restoration, the Kawahara Keiga folding screen can be seen again. In the museum and at home. Link
Indonesie - Museum Volkenkunde
Permanent expo


Imposing temple bells, glittering jewellery and powerful krises tell the story of Indonesia. Link
Japan en Korea - Wereldmuseum Leiden
Permanent expo

Japan and Korea

Lacquer work and a series of unique prints offer an insight into the long history that the Netherlands shares with Japan Link
Mapuche campagnebeeld
Vanaf 20-07-2024

Mapuche: Indigenous peoples on the move

This exhibition invites the public to connect with Mapuche migration stories Link
MuseumMaatje - Museum Volkenkunde
On request


The museum offers free museum entrance to newcomers and the volunteers who coach them. Link
Noord-Amerika en poolgebieden - Museum Volkenkunde
Permanent expo

North America and North American Arctic

The art of survival in the polar circle and iconic objects from North America. Link
Oceanie - Wereldmuseum Leiden
Permanent expo


From Australia to Easter Island: marvel at the similarities and difference between the island dwellers. Link
Indonesische Bronzen
Permanent expo

The Indonesian bronzes

The bronze images provide a wealth of information about the history of Indonesia. Link

Want to see more activities?

We have more to show! Because the website is set to English we cannot show you the full programme, as some of our activities are only available in Dutch. Switch to Dutch to view everything we have to offer.