Located in a beautifully preserved house built ca 1365-1370 near the clock tower of the Hooglandse Kerk, the Leiden American Pilgrim museum tells the stories of the founders of New England, the Pilgrims. Furnishings from Pilgrim times show aspects of daily life, while events involving the Pilgrims themselves are illustrated with a remarkable collection of sixteenth and seventeenth-century maps and engravings by such artists as Gerard Mercator, Adrian van de Venne, Adriaen van Ostade, and Jacques de Gheyn.
The Leiden American Pilgrim Museum is one of the smallest museums in the Netherlands. We have two rooms, illustrating two specific time periods. One room shows what homes at the time of the Pilgrims were like, while the other is an exceptionally preserved medieval interior. A visit always has a unique and personal feeling, as it is guided by our expert who will tell you everything you’d like to know about the Pilgrims in Leiden and the museum’s collections (in English or French). This strong private character will be reinforced this summer due to the Covid-19 museum protocol; we may only allow two visitors per time slot.