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Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam
(4/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web)
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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  • I liked this museum contrary to my expectations, it was interesting and interactive. I didn't know the time spent and the restaurant desserts are worth only a stop!
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  • The Ethnographic museum (as some call it) truly merits a visit if not 2. Scenes from Holland's colonial past as well as numerous exhibits about the world "out there" will both inform, entertain and, i...  more »
  • The structure and organization are definitely excellent but unfortunately the museum itself is tied to a show like "wunderkammern", in which the pieces are exposed in a rather more dispersed aesthetic taste than with intellectual or educational purposes. The exotic, ethnographical museum, WINS out; the first part on the peoples of Polynesia is the most accurate, but as you progress it gets more hazy. Definitely interesting as all museums of this type, but a bit disappointing from the intellectual point of view.
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  • Grace museum with many artifacts from the tropics. Lots of information in both Dutch and English. It also has a wonderful cafe next to a beautiful park.
  • An excellent museum that is a little bit away from the main tourist areas but can still be easily reached by tram 9 from Amsterdam Centraal or a scenic walk past the zoo. The building is very impressive and the ground floor and top floor have exhibitions that change every so often. The current "Sixties" exhibition is really engaging with lots to see and discuss. The museum is very laid back with far less tourists than the more central museums.
  • They try to keep a museum about their colonies without being racist, but the racism still peeks through sometimes even though they try and address it head-on. Half of the stuff here should be sent back to its place of origins.
  • Very well done, many interesting things and good price for students. I just miss that the top floor was empty.
  • This Museum focuses on Dutch colonialism. I went to specifically se a temporary exhibit on Buddhism which I found to be more of an introduction to an introduction to Buddhism. I saw equally examples of Buddhist s statuettes in local antique shops.