Exhibition - Mecca - Tropenmuseum
On now until 12 January 2020

Longing for Mecca

Longing for Mecca

Through special objects, a VR experience and personal stories of Dutch pilgrims, this exhibition takes you on a pilgrimage to Mecca.

Longing for Mecca offers a unique insight into the Hajj, Islam’s most important pilgrimage. Millions of people travel to Mecca each year, including thousands of Dutch. It is one of the world’s biggest religious, spiritual and cultural phenomena. What attracts these pilgrims? What impressions and experiences move them on the road, when they reach their destination and when they come back?
For centuries, the pilgrimage to Mecca inspires many artists and rulers to create spectacular works of art. In the exhibition we have brought together more than 300 appealing pieces from
important collections of Islamic art. The curated pieces span a wide range: from the 10th century to the present day, and from China and Indonesia to Turkey and Morocco.

The exhibition Longing for Mecca can be seen from 15 February 2019 until 12 January 2020.


Logo's op rij
With a major contribution from the Khalili Collections
Ahmed Mater, Magnetism II

Source of inspiration


Unique virtual reality experience

Schitterende voorwerpen en indringende reportages geven een veelzijdig beeld van deze religieuze en spirituele reis. Met een VR-bril kan de bezoeker zelf ervaren hoe het is om in Mekka te zijn. Voor moslims een aangrijpende (her)beleving en voor niet-moslims een unieke ervaring, aangezien Mekka alleen voor moslims toegankelijk is.

De Edele Mahmal, prent, begin 20ste eeuw

The pilgrimage

Nederlandse pelgrim Ferukh Ahmed met souvenir

The home-coming

bedevaart verhaal

Share your pilgrimage story with us

Educational programme- Mekka - Tropenmuseum

Dutch educational program


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Het museum is van dinsdag t/m zondag open tussen 10.00 - 17.00 uur.
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