Practical Information


Postal address

Lange St. Agnietenstraat 10
2312 WC Leiden
The Netherlands

P.O.Box 11280 
2301 EG Leiden 
The Netherlands 

Opening times

Monday closed
Tuesday till Sunday 10:00am - 5:00pm

The library is open on Monday – Friday from 9:00am - 12:30pm and from 1:30pm – 5:00pm. 
On public holidays the museum is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
On January 1st, April 26th 2014 (King's Day), October 3rd and December 25th the museum is closed. 

Admission fees

Adults € 9,50
Children (4-17 years) € 4,50
Cultuurkaart, CJP € 7,50
65+ € 7,50
Friends of the Museum Free
Museumkaart, ICOM Free
Children (0-3 years)  Free
Students (HBO- & WO-collegecard) Free
Groups from 10 persons:  
               - Adults € 7,50 per person 
To visit the library


Museumkaart is a card with which you can visit most of the Dutch museums for free or with a discount during one year. The card is for sale at the entrance of Museum Boerhaave.


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 – 5:00pm. Borrowing books is for free for everyone. Make sure you bring a valid ID. In case you would like to visit the library before 10am or on Mondays, just ring the doorbell.

Guided tours

Different guided tours can be booked for groups. The different tours we provide are:

  • General tour through the museum
  • Medical
  • Natural scientific

Tours in English cost € 60,-
The maximum group size is 15 people


In the museumcafe we serve several refreshments, lunch and snacks. We also have a nice terrace in the garden of the museum. It is also possible to rent the café, we are happy to inform you about all possibilities.
You can use our WiFi connection for free in our museumcafé.


The museumshop offers a wide range of scientific games and discovery sets, scientific pubications and nice souvenirs of your museum visit. We also sell a special replica of the Van Leeuwenhoek microscope. Our own restoration staff makes this replica. 

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. 

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