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Our museum is for everyone, regardless of background, age or disability. 

The Tropenmuseum plays a central role in the society and therefore does everything it can to make the museum accessible to for as many people as possible.

The building

The Tropenmuseum is located in the KIT Royal Tropical Institute building, It was the largest building in the city at the start of the ‘20s. This magnificent heritage building was designed by J.J. van Nieukerken and is full of references to Dutch colonial history. 

The museum has an elevator and a disabled toilet. 


Two disabled parking spaces are available in the car park of the neighbouring Amsterdam Tropen Hotel. These are free of charge on display of your disability card. Reservation is not required. 

Wheelchairs & mobility scooters

The Tropenmuseum is easily accessible to wheelchair users. There are no obstacles and the elevator gives access to all floors. The museum also has several unmechanised wheelchairs for visitors.  

Unfortunately, mobility scooters are not permitted in the museum. 

Admission for companions

If you visit the museum with a companion he/she will be admitted free of charge on production of an OV-Begeleiderskaart (public transport companion’s card).

Assistance dogs

Dogs and other pets are not permitted in the museum, except for assistance dogs and guide dogs for the blind, which must be kept on a lead. 

Tailored tours

At the Tropenmuseum, you can adapt a regular tour to suit your specific wishes or requirements. We have a wide range of options for additional guides, more time or to suit other requests. If you would like to discuss the possibilities for a tailored tour, please email or call +31 (0)88 0042 840 (Tuesday to Friday, 10 am - 5 pm).  

If you have other questions about your visit, please don't hesitate to contact us.  

Dutch Sign Language and International Sign

The Tropenmuseum offers programmes in Dutch Sign Language or International Sign for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. 

More information about our programmes in sign language are available here - or discuss the options with the reservations office or via
Read more about Dutch Sign Language in the Tropenmuseum here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Over the years, many people have asked us questions about the Tropenmuseum by post, email and phone. Answers to the most frequently asked questions are provided here. If your question is not included, please contact us using the accompanying contact form.