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Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
November 20, 2012
Enjoying the beautifull Netherlands,
Going to holland part 2
April 4, 2002
From the outside, the museum looks small and unprepossessing but step inside and it is much larger than it looks. Two aspects make the museum a good place to visit: its outstanding collection of Egyptian mummies, including many animal mummies, as well as its exhibit on the archaeology of the Netherlands which contains a number of bog finds.
Around the beginning of the 1st century AD, various temples were built in Nubia, beneath the southern border of Egypt. All of these temples had to be demolished in 1960 to prevent them from disappearing into the reservoir of the Aswan High Dam. The temple of Taffeh was given to the Netherlands by Egypt in 1969 in gratitude for its efforts in the UNESCO project to save the Nubian monuments. It was rebuilt in the National Museum of Antiquities Leiden and today it is featured in the central courtyard of the museum specially renovated for that purpose.
Located on the ground floor, the Egyptian collection is the most important one of the museum, as it is among the best in the world. The presentation consists of 13 human and 25 animal mummies. Here the visitor will be taken from prehistoric Egypt (3500 BC) to Roman Egypt (3rd century AD).
On the first floor, you can find the old Mediterranean world. Here you will learn about the prosperous Romans' everyday lives in and around Rome: how they lived, which gods they worshipped and how they were buried.
On the second floor, starts the beginning of the Christian era and how the Netherlands look like in those days.
The museum is closed on Mondays.
From journal Leiden, the University Town