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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. Arrange your visit to Tropenmuseum and discover more family-friendly attractions in Amsterdam using our Amsterdam trip itinerary builder.
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  • This museum offers up a different take on Dutch history with an exclusive focus on its colonial rule. Fascinating exhibitions displayed in an impressive building. I particularly enjoyed the section on...  more »
  • I was told that this museum is often overlooked by visitors coming to Amsterdam. I don't understand why - the building itself is amazing, with a soaring entrance hall reflecting the greatness of Dutch...  more »
  • This very spacious and infrequent Museum! The staff is very welcoming, the Museum Shop is great! There are different "wings" to discover lots of civilizations from different continents. There are workshops with "exotic" music instruments, it's great fun! There is much on the colonial history of Holland, including in Indonesia, I loved it. You learn a lot of things in this Museum, it helps to have a different view of history, to open the mind to other cultures and the world, what is important in our digital age I think! We did have the time to do it all in 2 hours, so I'll definitely next time!
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  • Pros: great expositions during different visits. The permanent exposition is also great. The permanent exposition mostly contains cultural pieces from Dutch colonies. The latest visiting expositions I saw were "body art" and "Aleppo". Both were small rooms but with a lot of pieces to look at. I thought they were both very interesting. Cons: due to construction it was a bit of a hassle to find our way properly through the building. A lot of temporary pieces don't have information next to them, but instead a flyer is available when entering the room. These flyers were a little out of sight and didn't really draw my attention, most other visitors didn't use them, so we found out about them at the end. We missed a great deal of interesting facts, which was a shame.
  • The building itself is a fine piece of architecture. I've seen two temporary interesting exhibit and will come back just because the great Hall is stunning
  • Such a great museum. Very original exhibitions and fantastic permanent collection. If you feel like a trip in some exotic countries but you are short of money, you should come here for a little tour. And the concert hall next door has some excellent world music all year round.
  • It's a beautiful museum with an extraordinary collection but you just can't enjoy it. The museum is one big open space, like a theater and the visitors are NOISY. Teachers with children let these children shout and dance and sing, adults talk loudly to one another and it's all amplified by the structure of the museum. Furthermore the items in the collection are poorly lit, informative texts barely readable. It's a headache inducing nightmare.
  • I enjoyed my experience at the museum. It really focused on the ethnic countries the Dutch colonized and shed light on the philosophy, education, science, math and art theories that were stolen from these countries and used by the Dutch. Great perspective on history and different from the typical museums experienced in Europe.

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