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Visit the collections

The collections are available for research by visiting scientists. We kindly ask all researchers who wish to visit a collection to contact us using the visitors form.

Requesting visits

When requesting professional visits to the Naturalis collections, please use the visitors' form. A reguest from a student must be accompanied by a letter of the institute and e-mailed to collectie@naturalis.nl.

Opening hours

The collections are open for use from Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm. Please note that the collections are not open during weekends or on Dutch public holidays.

Getting here

Most of the Naturalis staff and collections are housed at the Darwinweg 2, Leiden (see Google Maps). Naturalis can be reached by car and public transport. Please note that parking space at Naturalis is very limited. Visitors are encouraged to use the public transport options available. Leiden railway station is within walking distance (approximately 10 minutes). Timetables and further information can be found on the website of the Dutch Railway (NS).


Visitors are responsible for arranging their own accommodation. As the Leiden University Guesthouse has closed, there is no short-stay student facility in Leiden anymore. For hotels and other accommodations in Leiden you can check the website of the Leiden Tourist Information. Bed & breakfast accommodation can be found in and around Leiden.

Cheap hotel accommodations can be found in Stay Okay hostels. The hostel located closest to Leiden is Stay Okay in The Hague. The train journey to The Hague takes about 10 minutes and trains run frequently throughout the day.