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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  • August 17, 2017
    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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  • August 16, 2017
    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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  • August 16, 2017
    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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  • June 22, 2017
    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.
  • July 2, 2017
    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
  • April 14, 2017
    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.
  • May 19, 2017
    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.
  • March 8, 2017
    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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