Visit the Museum

Who is it for?  

For anyone that wants to learn about soils in life and ecosystems, and see the enormous variation of soil types in the world

What is there to see?  

You can see soil profiles that have been sampled up to a depth of 1.50 m and are conserved through impregnation with diluted lacquer or glue. The thickness is about 6 cm. Such preserved soil profiles are called soil monoliths.
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Opening hours and visits  

OPEN: Wednesdays 13.30h until 17.30h

Groups and guided tours: Monday to Friday by appointment, on working days (between 9.00-17.00h)


Plan your guided tour  

You can choose a tour of the World Soil Museum, focusing on the history and purpose of the museum and its collections and the presentation of the collection, on a special part of the collection, or on a special theme. Our tourleading guides have been specially trained for this work by the World Soil Museum. The tours can be conducted in English or Dutch.

Tours are for groups of a minimum of 5 and maximum of 30 persons and have variable durations.

Museum admission is free. The fee is � 35 for a medium duration guided tour and 70 � for a one hour tour (fee for educational groups that require more than one hour to be discussed).

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Food and drinks are not allowed in the museum. Near the entrance of the museum there is a coffee machine and there is a lunch cafeteria, the Gaia-Lumen kiosk, open from 10.00-13.30h on Mon � Fri.


The World Soil Museum is accessible for people with physical impairments. The exposition room is at the first floor and is accessible by elevator. The Museum has adapted toilets available in the hall of the main (GAIA) building.


Stephan Mantel
Head of World Soil Museum, Curator of physical collections Provides Lectures and guides groups in English, Dutch and Spanish
Kees van Diepen (volunteer)
Guides groups in English, Dutch and French
Marianne Creutzberg (volunteer)
Provides guidance and is host in the museum on Wednesdays.
The staff of the reception at the entry of the museum will provide access to the building and bring you into contact with the museum staff.