Museum De Lakenhal inspires, connects and renews!
Discover Museum De Lakenhal, the museum for the arts and history in Leiden. Since 1874, it has been housed in the ‘Laecken-Hall’ (Cloth Hall), a city palace built in 1640 that once was the bustling centre of Leiden’s cloth trade. The monument by architect Arent van ‘s-Gravesande is one of the finest examples of Dutch Classicism.
Among the highlights of the collection are works by famous Leiden-born masters such as Lucas van Leyden, Rembrandt and Jan Steen, as well as by modern and contemporary masters such as Theo van Doesburg, Joep van Lieshout and Erwin Olaf.
Restoration and expansion
From October 2017, Museum De Lakenhal will be closed due to restoration and expansion. A new building will be added to Museum De Lakenhal, located at the rear side of the cloth hall with a new façade on the Lammermarktplein. This will house two new exhibition halls, both looking out over the city. The design of this new wing relies on a modern interpretation of the clay brick architecture of the existing museum structures.
The museum will remain visible through the display of collection highlights and exhibitions on location. Visit the museum website for more detailed and up-to-date information.