POISON! exhibition

From October 14, 2017 until September 2, 2018, visitors could dive into the venomous world of Dr. Freek Vonk. There, you could meet the Gila monster, the tarantula and – Freek's personal favorite – the king cobra. Through video clips, Freek and his fellow scientists taught you more about the value and necessity of research on poison. POISON! closed on Monday September 3.

T. rex on Tour

Since the 6th of June is T. rex Trix on tour. After Leiden, Trix travels through Europe. To Salzburg, Barcelona and from June 6th 2018 until September 2nd 2018 the skeleton will be in the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris. In the meantime Naturalis builds a new museum in which Trix gets a special place. In 2019 the museum will reopen. In 2019 Trix will be back in our new museum in Leiden.



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Maquette nieuwe museum

Admission prices

Right now, it's not possible to buy tickets for the new museum. Want to know when can you do so? We’ll be announcing it here, so stay tuned to this site!

Opening hours

Naturalis is temporarily closed. You can visit us again starting in mid-2019.

Address and directions

Naturalis is easy to reach by public transportation and within walking distance of Leiden Central train station. Due to renovations, it's not possible to visit us right now. From mid-2019, however, you'll once again be welcome at Darwinweg 2 in Leiden.


We're closed at the moment, but the new and improved Naturalis will be wheelchair-accessible.

Food and drink

How about a break for coffee and something sweet? Or a delicious lunch? Soon, you can enjoy both in the restaurant at our new museum. Naturally, you're free to bring your own refreshments as well.