Egyptian objects, Roman objects. Prehistory from Holland

Leiden Museum of Antiquity, RMO


Roman helmet, found in the Peel, North Brabant.

Join me for a visit to the most important museum of Antiquity and Archaeology in the Netherlands, located at the stately Rapenburg canal in Leiden. Great Egyptian collections including a full size temple donated by the government of Egypt, the temple of Taffeh. Good set of mummies, and various grave gifts, and other objects. The Egyptian collection is arguably considered the fourth or fifth most important collection in the world (after Cairo, Metropolitan NYC, Louvre, Turin, Brooklyn) and I have has the pleasure of visiting all of them in my lifetime.

A temple to the minor local Roman Goddess Nehallenia was slowly swallowed by the North Sea waters in Zeeland province and many of the separate altar dedication stones have since been caught by fishermen over the years in their fishing nets. They are exhibited here.

Good collections of Roman life and life in the Middle East.

Prehistoric Celtic Priestly dagger, found in Jupthaas, Let me explain about the casting and smithing technique. A second XXL dagger has been acquired in 2017.

Upstairs a World class collection of Prehistory in Holland, including a fish net from the time of the Pharaos. One priestly dagger sword from Jutphaas, found in a river, belongs to the very best and impressive cast bronze items in the entire prehistoric world.

The exhibition design on this floor was a prize winner.



Cameos, small and precise cuts.

Amasis chamber with amazed child

Bergschenhoek, Fishnet, as old as the egyptian pyramids, 4300 BCE.

Outstanding Dutch Archeology collection design in a timeline.

A view of Dutch Archeology collection.

Wahibreemachet sarcophagus.

Baker, kneading his dough.

Chaemter box and mass production figurines from Egypt.

Musical instruments and furniture, Egypt, middle kingdom.

New presentation of the Egyptian collection.

Mertitis sculpted twice.

Merymery being prepared for burial, and eternal life.

Plenty of grave goods to make the afterlife pleasant.

Nehallenia altars, from a temple which was submerged.

Saqquara grave chamber, looted in antiquity.

Taffeh temple, donated by the Egyprian government.

We could combine this with walk in the old center, the university district and the Motte mountain.


Larger images are available on this old school site.

Tour by professional Art History Scholar with excellent teaching skills. Specialist in Art & Archeology. VIP entry. Great Egyptian treasures.

Entry best at 10AM-2PM.



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



Fish market bridge in Leiden

Business card. The logo refers to Vermeer.


Leiden is easy to reach with public transport, by train about half an hour from Amsterdam. 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.