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Arts and culture

Visit an exhibition, a concert or learn to paint.


In normal times there are exhibitions throughout the year at the University Library, the LUMC Gallery, the Oude UB and the faculty buildings in Leiden and The Hague. You can visit these for free. Coronavirus may have put a stop to this, but there are plenty of digital exhibitions: Carel’s Universe, for instance. Ten Leiden museums and heritage institutions selected objects from their collections that symbolised departing rector Carel Stolker and the research in Leiden.

Organ concerts

Each year musicians-round-the-organ concerts are held in the Large Auditorium of the Academy Building. These are free of charge and open to all visitors. The organ in the Large Auditorium has a long history. The first instrument was installed in the Academy Building in 1675, but was removed again in 1829. The second organ was presented to the University by students and alumni in 1935, the 400th anniversary of the birth of William of Orange.

University Organ (information in Dutch)

LAK courses

Leiden University’s LAK centre offers a wide range of artistic and cultural courses for those aged 17 and above. The LAK centre has studios for drama, dance and music and workshops for the arts.  You can also rent these studios when they are not in use for courses.

LAK courses (information in Dutch)

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