Universiteit Leiden

A collection to cherish Academic Historical Museum

Academic Historical Museum

Contribution: Corrie van Maris (Staff Member Special Collections)

The Academic Historical Museum was founded in 1931 and aimed to make the history of the university visible in the Academy Building. A photo from that era reveals a nearly empty cabinet in the museum's initial workspace, captured by Mrs. Octavie Idenburg-Siegenbeek van Heukelom, the museum's inaugural curator. Today, that same cabinet, now housed in my office, has become completely filled. The collection in the Academy Building is now sprawling. I believe our Octavie would be gleefully observing the museum's evolution. Soon, the fascinating collection of the Academic Historical Museum will move from the Academy Building to the University Library. A collection to cherish.

Elzevier printing press


My own family Elzevier printing press


My window to freedom Praesidium Libertatis

Hortus botanicus


From young visitor to prefect Hortus botanicus

My first aha moment


Reading your sources My first aha moment

The FooBar


Memorable encounters The FooBar

Hopping rabbits


View from the campus Hopping rabbits

Niels Stensen


Leiden’s first geology star Niels Stensen

Queen Beatrix’s honorary degree


Éducation permanente Queen Beatrix’s honorary degree

At the heart of the city


At the heart of the city

The true sensation of Leiden


Intangible but ever-present The true sensation of Leiden

Guided tour of the Academy Building


A real-life fairy tale Guided tour of the Academy Building


From sub-faculty... to city hall

Canal Watch (De Gracht­wacht)


Canal Watch (De Gracht­wacht)

The cortège


In academic gown The cortège

A new  Cleveringa


A new Cleveringa

Development opportunities


Job hopper Development opportunities



Thriving community Camaraderie

City criminologist


City criminologist

The Cleveringa meetings


The Cleveringa meetings

Knowledge centre


Children and anxiety Knowledge centre


That ‘my’ Leiden University feeling



Unlovely but loved Lipsius

Academic ceremonies


Party! Academic ceremonies

Christiaan Huygens


ChatGPT Christiaan Huygens