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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 adjacent Amsterdam Tropen Hotel. By showing a disabled parking badge/permit, you can use these parking spaces free of charge. Reservation is not necessary.

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, it is not possible to visit the museum with a mobility scooter. 

The restaurant of KIT (Royal Tropical Institute) is accessible from the museum without a threshold. The hinged entrance door has to be opened manually.

More specific information about the accessibility of the building and the facilities can be found on the website of DUX

Admission for companions

One person can accompany you into the museum free of charge. When booking your ticket online, select 'I have a valid ticket or voucher'. This will allow your companion to enter. You must buy a regular ticket for yourself.

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. 

Blind or visually impaired

The Tropenmuseum offers an interactive programme for people who are blind or visually impaired, as well as their sighted friends, family and carers. 

In the programme, you discover the Tropenmuseum by feeling, smelling and listening to special stories. The programme can also be extended to include a swinging music workshop.

Discuss the possibilities with the reservations department via or 088-0042840.

Tropenmuseum and International Sign Language

The best way to discover a museum is in your own language. That’s why the Tropenmuseum has programmes in International Sign Language. Discover the Tropenmuseum with deaf museum teacher Maaike. Read more about the programma here.

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.