Our museum is for everyone, regardless of whatever their background, age or disability.
The Wereldmuseum plays a central role in society and therefore does everything it can to make the museum accessible to as many people as possible.
In 1851 the Association of the Royal Yacht Club, which was chaired by Prince Hendrik, took possession of the elegant mansion on the Willemskade. In 1873 the Prince Hendrik Maritime Museum was established. After the prince's death, the building was turned over to the municipality, which decided in 1883 also to establish an ethnographic museum, much as Leiden and Haarlem had done. On 1 May 1885, the Museum voor Land- en Volkenkunde (Museum for Geography and Ethnology)—now known as the Wereldmuseum—opened its doors.
Wheelchairs & mobility scooters
The Wereldmuseum is easily accessible to wheelchair users. There are no obstacles and the elevator gives access to all floors. The museum also has several unmechanised wheelchairs for visitors.
Mobility scooters are also permitted in the museum.
Admission for companions
If you visit the museum with a companion he/she will be admitted free of charge on production of an OV-Begeleiderskaart (public transport companion’s card).
Dogs and other pets are not permitted in the museum.
At the Wereldmuseum, you can adapt a regular tour to suit your specific wishes or requirements. We have a wide range of options for additional guides, more time or to suit other requests. If you would like to discuss the possibilities for a tailored tour, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have other questions about your visit, please don't hesitate to contact us.