Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam

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View 340,000 objects and photographs at Tropenmuseum, which are split into geographical areas, with a focus on ethnography and non-western cultures. Founded in 1864, the museum has eight permanent exhibits on tropical lifestyles, and hosts temporary exhibits that include modern and traditional visual arts and photography. See over 5,000 musical instruments and theatrical objects, such as puppets and costumes. Browse through exhibits of tribal masks, statuettes, and dramatic installations. Look for contemporary artwork that attempts to blend the tribal with the cosmopolitan. Find out how to plan Amsterdam trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • The Tropenmuseum is a museum in beautiful building. The exhibition is interactive. Great fun for children and adults who like it to be playful. Recommended.
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  • Nice museum with beautiful exhibitions. Beautiful old building with magnificent Hall. Beautiful (temporary) exhibitions. Body Art, Aleppo and Rhythm & Roots visited. Body Art gives a nice overview of body decorations and the history. Aleppo; photo-exhibition on Aleppo with the war and how the people/residents here with it/by life. Rhythm & Roots; Overview of the history of music. Earphones use is recommended.
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  • I went there specifically to see the Indonesian exhibit. It is excellent and provides a quick lesson of the role the Dutch had in Indonesia. Not all was good!!  more »
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  • The music exhibition downstairs was brilliant as was the fashion exhibition. Bring your ear buds so you can plug in and listen. The kids loved The interactive drums. The slavery exhibition is a disgrace however. What a lifeless exhibition this is. This was a brilliant chance to show us the utter horror involved in slavery. What we got was a half baked attempt to tell the Dutch slavery story. Lifeless posters, nothing about working conditions, daily life. There was one brilliant black and white video presentation but otherwise nothing to see here, let's move on and get on with our perfect lives.
  • I was pleasantly surprised by the museum, the building is stunning and the feeling in the inside were great. We saw the permanent collection about the Dutch colonial period. Objects are displayed in a very interesting way, photo and video material is unique and very interesting. I missed some background info on how the Netherlands ended up with its colonies and the implications of it. Overall great place to visit in Amsterdam in a quieter less touristic neighborhood, children seem to love it as well See
  • Museum of Non-Western Cultures The museum depicts stories of humankind. It is a museum about non-western world cultures presenting and demonstrating, through its expositions, a variety of human themes ranging through conflict, suffering, prayer and religion, grief, celebration and mourning. Each display or section takes the visitor through the stories of the humanity during the past 500 years or so. Visitors purchase their tickets at the basement level. There are toilets housed here as well as a cloakroom. As we entered the ground floor museum, climbing through the circular stairway, (there is also a lift), I was impressed by the immensity of the main hall with a multitude of arches facing each direction towards various exposition halls. The ground floor holds the temporary exhibitions. You will also find the museum shop and a cafe here. The exhibits are in two floors. The first floor exhibits include colonialism and trade, shared history of slavery, how the enslaved resisted the system, abolition of slavery in the Netherlands and steps taken and needs to be taken to deal with the past. The first floor also exhibits some artifacts of the religions of the conquered peoples, Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism. The second floor contains exhibits related to Body Art and Fashions of the conquered peoples. The sculpture of a black man holding a white baby girl on the staircase is most impressive making you think and wonder! We, including my 10 year old grandson, thoroughly enjoyed this museum, and of course the lunch we had at the café. The photographs attached speak for themselves and tells more than what I could say in a thousand words!!
  • Fantastic museum with a lot of great things in the permanent exhibitions. Also very nice special exhibits, workshops, talks and a lot to do together with kids. The cafe/restaurant is cool, too. In my opinion one of the best museums in Amsterdam!
  • Very nice and interactive museum to visit, there is a special kids area and there are a lot of activities which you can sign up for children. The collection consists of artifacts from former colonies and diverse ethnic groups. It has also an elegant cafe with a children's play corner.

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