Regular education programs
primary school

Bring nature to life with our special programs for primary schools. An exhibition program consists of an exploration of three or four museum galleries on the basis of research assignments that the pupils carry out autonomously. In a workshop, a single topic is explored in depth in one of our labs. Our educational assistants guide you through the entire program, which includes a visit to one of the galleries. The programs do not include free admittance, nor do they include visits to the Rexperience or the Japanese Theater.


4–6 years old Exhibition program "Expedition"

Which creatures live in the water, on land and in the air? Do they have stripes or spots? What do their babies look like? Use a set of binoculars to discover small animals from the present day or larger ones from ancient times. Are you ready? There's so…
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Animals gone wild

4–6 years old "Animals gone wild" workshop

Spots, stripes or speckles? Large or small, fast or slow? All animals are different, but they also have many things in common. Like a real researcher, learn to discover patterns by looking at real furs, feathers, shells and stuffed animals. Dress up like…
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Lang zal Bonkie leven

6–8 years old "Long live Lumpy" workshop

Help! Look out! Lumpy has only just been born and nature is full of dangers. You'll design and test various solutions to keep Lumpy safe, such as wings, shells, springs or camouflage. Lumpy also wants a family. The museum will show you how animals in…
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Nature talent

8–10 years old "Natural talent" workshop

Have you ever felt an elephant's thick hide, the serrated nose of a swordfish or the soft mane of a lion? Touching is allowed! You'll discover forms in nature and the purposes they serve. What are the different talents of plants and animals? Gather a…
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Traces of the Ice Age

10–12 years old "Traces of the Ice Age" workshop

Is it cold out? Not as cold as it was during the last Ice Age! Which plants and animals were around at that time, and how do we know? Like a real paleontologist, you'll look for evidence. Rummage through a tray of fossil finds and investigate which animal…
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Kids in gallery Life

All groups Self-guided visit with scavenger hunt

Explore, look closely and seek out answers to questions from our researchers. There are nine different scavenger hunt cards with assignments on them; these tasks can be physical or mental. Discover everything there is to know about long-necks, show-offs…
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Combined visits
Natuur School (groups 5 - 8)

Combine a program at Naturalis with a visit to Noordwijk beach for a complete day out and about! 

The program consists of a part of the day at Naturalis with a program or an independent visit. The other part of the day consists of activities at the Nature School on the beach of Noordwijk. At noon you take a break on the beach in Noordwijk. Groups that are in Naturalis in the morning leave for the beach around noon. Groups that are on the beach in the morning go to Naturalis after lunch. Travel time between Noordwijk and Leiden is approximately 30 minutes. Bookings for this combination program are made through the Nature School.

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Group on the beach


You can also continue to marvel at nature digitally!

Would you like to visit the Naturalis dinosaurs digitally? Book an online guest lesson now (in Dutch)!
Online guest lesson

Are you looking for more information about the subjects and researchers of Naturalis? Then visit the Natuurwijzer. Also useful for a school presentation!

Did you see an animal in the schoolyard or in the garden and you don't know what it is? Take a good look and discover it in the Dierenzoeker! Available as website and app.

Found something old on the Maasvlakte beach? A bone, molar or prehistoric tool? Have an expert look at it.

Would you like more information about our museum objects? Get more out of your visit to Naturalis with the museum app. Available for Android and iOS.
Naturalis museumapp 


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