Museum for science

Rijksmuseum Boerhaave.

The collections of National Museum Boerhaave reflect five centuries of the history of science in the Netherlands and show you what science is all about: curiosity, audacity, creativity and perseverance.

The collection of National Museum Boerhaave has been expanded considerably since the beginning to include approx. 120,000 objects, books, prints and visual material at present. Among the highlights are the meridian telescope of Leiden Observatory, Albert Einstein’s fountain pen, the first haemodialysis machine by Willem Kolff, the paintings showing the Four Guises of the Physician, the Surinam Insect Book by Maria Sybilla Merian, as well as recent scientific inventions, such as the qubit, the building block of the quantum-computer which is currently developed by scientists.