The place to be!
Leiden is a typical Dutch city with a rich history and a picturesque city centre, located between Amsterdam and The Hague. It’s nickname, the City of Keys, hints to the numerous things to discover, see and experience in Leiden such as the many canals and old houses boarding them. Furthermore, many Nobel Prize winners were scientists in Leiden, such as Van der Waals and Einthoven. As part of the LIMSC social programme we will show you the history and the beautiful surroundings of Leiden, which it is famous for. During the scientific programme, you will get to know the inventive Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) and the oldest university of the Netherlands (founded in 1575), which are the perfect setting for an innovative international biomedical student conference.
Furthermore, Leiden has some wonderful museums which are absolutely worth visiting, some of which you will get the opportunity to visit during the museum tour on Wednesday:
- Museum Boerhaave The Netherlands has a great history in the development of science and medicine. Museum Boerhaave shows over five centuries of inventions and discoveries in several sciences.
- Naturalis Learn more about the development of biodiversity and the interaction between species in the newly renovated national history museum: Naturalis biodiversity center. It has the 5th largest natural history collection in the world with 37 million objects.
- Hortus Botanicus Leiden A green treasure hidden in the historical centre of Leiden. Founded in 1590, this is the oldest botanical garden in the Netherlands and also one of the oldest in the world.
- Rijksmuseum van Oudheden The Dutch National Museum of Antiquities is the national center of archaeology where you can appreciate the cultures of ancient Egypt, the Near East, the classical world and the early Netherlands.
- Museum van Volkenkunde; The national Museum of Ethnology is the world's oldest ethnographical museum.
For more information about Leiden, please visit their website