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About Tropenmuseum

Museum of world cultures

The Tropenmuseum is a museum of world cultures, housed in one of the most impressive museum buildings in the Netherlands. From the monumental Great Hall there is a wide view of what the museum has to offer.

Each and every one of the objects tells a human story and makes you curious about the vast cultural diversity that enriches the world. They tell us about universal themes like mourning, celebrating, decorating, praying or fighting. From Africa to West and Southeast Asia, from New Guinea to Latin America, in the Tropenmuseum you'll discover that besides the differences, we are all the same: human

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Themes that connect people worldwide

With the opening of the permanent exhibition Things that matter  in 2018 the Tropenmuseum abandoned the geographical arrangement of the museum to focus on universal themes connecting people worldwide. Current social issues, such as migration and origins, feature prominently. Engaging exhibitions like Afterlives of slavery and What’s the story?, as well as highly popular temporary exhibitions like Healing power, the many topical public programmes and the successful Tropenmuseum Junior attract a growing number of visitors every year.

Tropenmuseum Junior

Tropenmuseum Junior is the children’s museum of the Tropenmuseum and the oldest children’s museum in the Netherlands. When you step into Tropenmuseum Junior you step into another world. 

Tropenmuseum Junior is renowned for its appealing museum concept (seeing, touching, experiencing and participating). The general objective is to promote an open view of the world.

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