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Leiden: National Museum of Ethnology Entry Ticket

1. Leiden: National Museum of Ethnology Entry Ticket

Open your view of the world with a visit to Museum Volkenkunde – the National Museum of Ethnology – a museum about people located just 5 minutes from Leiden's central station. Housed in a historic building, the museum is home to large successful exhibitions, small surprising exhibitions for the enthusiast, innovative public programs, leading scientific research, and many international collaboration projects. After entering the museum, explore the exhibitions that take you from Bali to Guatemala, from Oceania to the Arctic, and from Mecca to Djenné. Come to see how, despite all our differences, we are all in one sense the same: human beings. Feel your sense of the world expand as each object in the collection tells a human story. Be touched by stories that embody universal human themes, such as celebration, mourning, decoration, prayer, love, and conflict.

Lisse: Drive-it-Yourself History and Castle Audio Tour

2. Lisse: Drive-it-Yourself History and Castle Audio Tour

Discover some of South Holland's most beautiful castles and luxurious estates with the ease of a compact electric car. The region of South Holland has a rich history, and this has resulted in several beautiful castles, churches and luxurious estates. These sites are usually hidden, but with this drive-it-yourself GPS audio tour, you can discover some of them freely. In a 100% electric 2-person Renault Twizy, complete with GPS navigation and an audio guide, you can explore a number of historical sights and buildings at your own pace. The unique open design of your Renault Twizi will give you a sense of complete freedom. You will feel, smell and experience where you drive. Driving a Renault Twizy is super easy and fun, and on the road you attract a lot of attention.

Alphen aan den Rijn: Open-Air Museum Archeon Tickets

3. Alphen aan den Rijn: Open-Air Museum Archeon Tickets

Dive into the past of the Netherlands with tickets to the Archeon open-air museum in Rijn, which features 43 reconstructed buildings made from archaeological finds. Join one of the guided tours, listen to fascinating narratives, or participate in numerous activities.  Learn from the archaeo-interpreters dressed in clothes of the time and who interpret the different periods of the past. They can also answer your questions about each period.  Go canoeing, throw some spears, play a medieval ball game, or make a brooch. Or would you like to have your fortune told by a Temple Priestess? You can also enjoy a Roman massage or decide over the life of gladiators and much more. Visit the reconstructed Gallo-Roman villa, which houses the Roman Museum. You can also enjoy delicious food and drinks in the Roman restaurant or the medieval monastery. Browse the store for many great books and souvenirs.

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We had such a great time exploring on this self tour! It ended up being the best part of our trip! Got to see local gems we never would have experienced and had a lot of fun driving around. Friendly, easy and informative. Would definitely do another route if we came back. Thank you!!

A different experience than when you typically look at old ruins etc.