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Collections, exhibitions and souvenirs

Marvel at our rich history, rare collections and enthralling exhibitions; you can even take a souvenir home with you.

Academic Historical Museum

The Academic Historical Museum has a permanent exhibition on the history of the University and its student life. You will find the museum in the Academy Building, which is where the University first started in 1581. The anniversary souvenirs, wall paintings, sculptures and portraits lead you through the history of our University, the oldest University in the Netherlands.

Academic Historical Museum

Hortus Botanicus Leiden

Leiden has the oldest botanical gardens in the Netherlands, founded in 1590. This was where previous generations of students learned about therapeutic plants, and research continues to be conducted here. Today the Hortus is open to visitors wishing to visit the beautiful gardens and new tropical greenhouse or enjoy coffee, lunch or drinks on the terrace. The Hortus is also the perfect location for weddings or other celebrations.

Hortus botanicus Leiden


The University Library, LUMC Gallery and former University Library all stage interesting and varied exhibitions throughout the year. Entrance is free.

Leiden University Library

LUMC Gallery


Leiden University has many special collections. Given our traditional international outlook and our expertise in linguistic diversity acquired over centuries,  we now possess medieval manuscripts, photos of the Dutch East Indies, maps of the world, Asian drawings, old fragments of the Koran and much more. You can find many of these collections online and can also view objects in the libraries upon request.

Special Collections of the University Libraries Leiden

University gifts

You will find clothing (ties, sweatshirts and even babygros), books, office supplies and gifts with a university flavour at the University shop, which is on the ground floor of Plexus Student Centre, Kaiserstraat 25.


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