treasure trove

Highlights from 200 years of collecting

Naturalis marks its 200th anniversary. Follow the route along the key pieces in the permanent exhibition - leading to the special exhibition that was put together in honor of the anniversary.

About the anniversary

Cape lion

Special tour
with Dutch biologist Freek Vonk

See the museum with different eyes!

The Freek tour takes you through all his favorites in the museum.

Freek Vonk with Plateosaurus
Freek Vonk with a great white shark

In the footsteps
of Naturalis

Are you tired of walking the same round everyday?  Why not walk this 5 kilometre tour through Leiden in the footsteps of Naturalis? This institute, created in 1820 by king William the first, has existed for 200 years. Walk through the long history of Naturalis and look at the city of Leiden in a new light! The tour is only available in Dutch.


scientist with crane
elephants in the old museum