Leiden: Boerhaave Museum and Leiden University Life

Learned University life and dangerous University snake pits

CLOSED. Reopens november, 2017.

Publication by Boerhaave, spreading his fame worldwide.

The Boerhaave museum is devoted to the medical doctor Boerhaave, once famous all over Europe in his days. An envelope posted in Vienna with only the name Boerhaave written on it, found its way to this medical doctor.

The museum tells the story about medical science,  has a completely outfitted Anatomical Theatre (with skeletons). Medical instruments, scientific instruments including real microscopes by Antony van Leeuwenhoek, its inventor.

Among many scientific instruments is the Christiaan Huygens telescope.

 

 

Van Leeuwenhoek, early microscopes.

Anatomy book illustration.

Boerhaave, facade.

We may combine this with a walk on Rapenburg Canal, discussing University life, Academic competition, Pitfalls and snake pits, Secret Agent spies and the Hortus Botanicus.

Take a city walk in the historic center of Leiden.

Tour by Drs Kees Kaldenbach, a professional Art History scholar with excellent teaching skills. Specialist in Fine art and Design, Architecture and History. VIP entry. Entry best at 11AM-2PM

 

Tour by professional Art History scholar with excellent teaching skills. Specialist in Fine art and Design, Architecture and History. VIP entry.

Drs Kees Kaldenbach: „…he is wildly overqualified to be a guide . That is his secret… Trust me on this.” Gabe. Statement made February, 2017.

 

 

House sign on a wall in Leiden

Business card. The logo refers to Vermeer.

HOW TO GET THERE

Leiden is easy to reach with public transport, by train in about 30 minutes. I hold a Dutch Railways rebate card. For this train tour I can offer you a special rebate of 40% for three separate adult railway tickets. This makes it economical for you as clients. I can join you from your hotel or from the Amsterdam train station.

Various other options are open to you: a) You can hire a car and drive it yourself, and I will join you starting in Amsterdam and will advise you about the best route. b) We can hire a professional taxibus service at around E 70 per hour for about 4 to 5 hours. On top of that you will pay me as the specialist guide. This is the more expensive option.