Spinozamuseum Rijnsburg 29, Spinozalaan
The house where Spinoza lived from 1661-1663 is now a museum. The core of the museum collection is the reconstructed library of books owned by Spinoza in 1677, which is unique in the world. At the time of his death, the philosopher had some 160 books on the shelves ranging from Theology, History, Literature, Philosophy, Mathematics, Anatomy, Astronomy, Physics and Optics. The museum started out with a collection of 140 early printed books that were once also in Spinoza’s library and is actively seeking to acquire the remaining titles.
The display cases feature 17th-century copies of works by Spinoza, including the Tractatus Theologico-Politicus (Theological Political Treatise), the Opera Posthuma, a translation in Dutch of the Ethica (Zedekunde), but also letters to and from Leibniz and a copy of the ban (cherem) pronounced against Spinoza by the Jewish community of Amsterdam. Another room of the museum features a 17th-century lens grinding machine. Spinoza used to grind lenses in this house to make a living.
Visiting the museum is a wonderful experience as it breathes the spirit of Spinoza. You will also be invited to sign the guest book, where you will join numerous visitors of the past, including Einstein.
Opening hours. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 13.00-17.00 hours. We regret that the museum is not accessible to wheelchairs.
Admission fee: adults € 3,50 (creditcards not accepted). Children under 16 free admission
How to reach the Spinoza museum (29, Spinozalaan, Rijnsburg)
By car (Google Maps): Take exit 7 towards Oegstgeest/Rijnsburg on the A44. Go straight ahead on the roundabout when reaching the Rijnsburg sign. Take the second exit at the second roundabout, then take the third exit on your right, where you will find a sign directing you to the Spinoza museum. Once you are on this street, Langevaart, take the first exit left. You have now reached Spinozalaan. Parking is free in the vicinity of the museum.
By public transport (Google Maps): Leiden Central Station. Take bus no. 37 in the direction of Katwijk and descend at the Spinozalaan stop in Rijnsburg. Walk 50 metres back to Spinozalaan. (the bus leaves from Leiden Central Station every half hour on weekdays and every hour in the weekends.)