Practical Information

Temporary closure of Museum Boerhaave due to renovation 

In 2016 Museum Boerhaave will be temporarily closed due to essential maintenance work to be carried out on its listed buildings and the installation of a state-of-the-art climate control system. In addition, the museum will be working on an entirely new presentation ... read more.

Address Museum

Postal address

Address Library

Lange St. Agnietenstraat 10
2312 WC Leiden
The Netherlands

P.O.Box 11280 
2301 EG Leiden 
The Netherlands 

Raamsteeg 2
2311 PL Leiden
The Netherlands


The library is reopened at the museum depot at Raamsteeg 2, Leiden. Museum Boerhaave has a rich collection of books and additional literature. Consult the catalogue here. The library is opened on Monday – Friday from 9:00am - 12:30pm and from 1:30pm – 4:45pm. Please contact our library staff in advance if you wish to view a book: 071 - 7519 940 or MAIL.

Getting here

By train

From station Leiden Central it is a 10-minute walk to the museum.
Leave the station at the “centrum”-side. Walk straight on to the Beestenmarkt. Turn left. Walk along the water (Oude Singel), just after you passed Museum De Lakenhal you cross the water. Follow the street (Lange Lijsbethsteeg). At the end you follow the curve to the left, continue following this street. On your left you will find Museum Boerhaave. 

By bus

The following buses stop near the museum:
Several busses; stop Breestraat (5-minute walk)
Bus 15, 56; stop Lange Gracht/ Korte Mare (7-minute walk)

By bicycle 

Bicycles can be stalled in front of the museum. 

By car

Since the museum is located in the centre of Leiden it is hard to find a place to park near the museum. We advise you to park at car park “Haagweg”, from here free shuttle busses will bring you to the museum.


Museum Boerhaave is well accessible for wheelchairs. We also have wheelchairs available at the entrance. Guide and assistance dogs are welcome. 



Bags larger than 40x40x50cm and umbrellas must be left in a locker in the cloakroom.


Photography without flash is allowed in the museum. Tripods and monopods are not permitted in any part of the museum. We would like to ask you to share your pictures with us on Flickr.


Please mind other visitors while using your mobile phone in the museum.

Food and drinks

It is not permitted to bring any food or drinks in the exhibition rooms.  

No smoking

The museum is a non-smoking area.


Pets are not allowed in the museum. Guide and assistance dogs are welcome. 

Van Leeuwenhoek replica

Our museum is known for the replicas of the Van Leeuwenhoek mircoscope, made by our restoration staff. If you wish to order one or if you require more information, please send us an email.

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In 1901 werden de Nobelprijzen voor het eerst uitgereikt en Van ’t Hoff ontving in dat jaar de eerste Nobelprijs voor de scheikunde. De prijs werd hem toegekend ...

Elektromagneet (grote magneet)

Elektromagneet (grote magneet)

De Leidse supermagneet Tot de markantste voorwerpen in Museum Boerhaave behoort de gigantische elektromagneet in zaal 21 waar de topstukken staan uitgestald van Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, de baanbrekende ...

Chemische preparaten in flessen in 2 dozen

Chemische preparaten in flessen in 2 dozen

Referentieset met ca. 150 verschillende elementen en farmaceutische preparaten, 1875-1900. Vanaf het begin van de negentiende eeuw werd het mogelijk om alkaloïden, werkzame stoffen uit planten, te isoleren. ...

Maansteen met nederlandse vlag (verzameling)

Maansteen met nederlandse vlag (verzameling)

Nederlands maangruis Maansteenmonster met Nederlandse vlag, 1969 De bemande maanvluchten die de Amerikanen tussen 1969 en 1973 uitvoerden behoren tot de meest amibtieuze wetenschappelijke prestigeprojecten ooit. Om hun ...