Museum De Lakenhal makes visual arts, applied art and Leiden’s history accessible for as many people as possible, to inspire them and to contribute to their personal development.

The museum accomplishes this mission by:

  • Obtaining, conserving and presenting the collections visual arts, applied art and history.
  • Presenting exhibitions of (inter)national importance based on sources from Leiden.
  • Pursuing renewal in museum practice by developing adventurous, interdisciplinary projects, also in cooperation with external partners.
  • Seeking an open dialogue with the broad audience of the museum: the museum offers information but also stimulates visitors to contribute with their own interpretations and stories.

Employees of Museum De Lakenhal put this mission into practice by passing their knowledge and passion for visual arts,applied art and history on to the audience by means of an inspiring, educational and direct interaction. In doing this they work according to the norms and quality requirements applicable for the museum sector, as recorded in the guidelines of the Ethical Code for Museums of the ICOM, of the Dutch Museum Register and the State Service for Cultural Heritage (ICN).


Museum De Lakenhal is a classical, elegant museum from 1874 well on the way to becoming a contemporary, adventurous museum of the 21st century. Museum De Lakenhal has a long history, an outstanding collection and a motivated and competent staff. The museum stands out with the adventurous, scientific and visual quality of its exhibitions and collection presentations.

Performance at the opening of PEARLS in the Arts, Nature & Dance (2012)
Performance at the opening of PEARLS in the Arts, Nature & Dance (2012) Foto: Arno Massee