Anatomical theatre

Rijksmuseum Boerhaave features a replica of the Anatomical Theatre built for Leiden University in 1594. The theatre was originally designed to show the inside of a human body through the dissection of corpses. The impressive film screened in the Anatomical Theatre takes you on a journey through the history of science and is a good starting point for your visit. 

Permanent display

The collections of National Museum Boerhaave will immerse you in five centuries of science and medical history in the Netherlands. Here you will experience what the museum – and science – is all about: curiosity, daring, creativity and stamina. You will also encounter it in our world famous collection, which includes such highlights as the microscopes of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, the first pendulum clock by Christiaan Huygens, the oldest Dutch planetarium, anatomical preparations and objects that once belonged to Nobel prize winners of the Netherlands.

This is one of the most important scientific and medical history collections in the world.

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You are very welcome to visit our new museum café. Our museum shop offers original gifts for young and old. Interested in venue hire, guided tours or access to our historical library collection? Please contact us at

The museum has plenty to see and do for children. Popular children’s activities include Treasure Island, an exhibition focusing on voyages of discovery in the Golden Age that invites children to participate actively, and Waterland, our open-air water playground where children learn about water management while enjoying themselves. We provide school holiday programmes with fun children’s activities throughout the year.

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