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Tropenmuseum

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Tropenmuseum
Linnaeusstraat 2
1092 CK Amsterdam
Netherlands
Venue Type: Museum

Neighborhood:
museum area



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WEBSITE:  
http://www.tropenmuseum.nl
OPEN HOURS:  
Tue-Sun and holidays: 10-5; Closed on 1 January, 30 April, 5 May and 25 December
PHONE:  
+31 (0)20 5688200
GALLERY TYPE:  
Contemporary
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DESCRIPTION

The Tropenmuseum is one of Europe’s leading ethnographic museums, renowned for its collection. The permanent and temporary exhibitions display (art) objects, photographs, music and film from non-western cultures. 

The beautiful and historic building in which the Tropenmuseum is housed provides space for eight permanent exhibitions and an ongoing series of temporary exhibitions, including both modern and traditional visual arts and photographic work. The permanent exhibitions are Southeast Asia, Oceania, Western Asia and North Africa, Africa, Latin America, Man and Environment and Music, Dance and Theater.

The reconstruction of local environments and attractive displays of exhibits drawn from the museum's huge collections draw visitors right into the daily lives of the people of the tropics and subtropics. Exhibitions are increasingly seen as an opportunity to organize supplementary activities such as lectures, films, guided tours, music- and theatre shows, often in collaboration with other Institute departments. The museum offers (family)activities on a weekly basis.

For some years now, the museum has been designing its exhibitions with a broad approach to both content and concept. The perspectives of different generations and different ethnic groups are represented in the exhibitions and activities. Leading public figures from the multicultural communities in the Netherlands assist in shaping and defining the museum.

More than just a museum

Being part of the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), the museum is more than just a museum. Experts assist museums around the world in capacity building and other activities, for example in collecting and preserving local cultural heritage.
Other activities include innovative initiatives in the field of museums and of preserving and exhibiting cultural heritage. Take for instance the Museum Bus in the West African state of Benin: With the support of the Tropenmuseum and KIT Development, Policy & Practice, this project created a museum in a bus to reach people in remote areas.

Building on earlier work by the Getty Information Institute, the museum has started a project in fourteen developing countries aimed at cataloguing and describing museum collections using a computer programme. This contributes significantly to countering the theft of and illegal trade in art treasures.

The Royal Tropical Institute

The Tropenmuseum is part of the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), a knowledge institute for international and intercultural collaboration. In view of its historic roots as a colonial institute and museum and given its expertise in the field of culture, cultural preservation and exchange is one of KIT’s key tasks, both domestically and internationally. The Institute carries out cultural programmes across the world, aimed at protecting cultural heritage and enhancing cultural exchange. These programmes focus on institutional and capacity building, and on advice with regard to cultural policy. In the Netherlands, the emphasis lies on contributing to the knowledge and understanding of different cultures, and on increasing public support for international and development cooperation. In this respect, the Tropenmuseum, Tropenmuseum Junior and the Tropentheater are key departments.


In het Tropenmuseum vindt u de mooiste verhalen en voorwerpen van over de hele wereld. U maakt er een reis door de tijd en de wereld en maakt zo kennis met uiteenlopende culturen en het dagelijks leven van mensen ver weg. Culturen komen tot leven door prachtige kunstwerken, bijzondere gebruiksvoorwerpen, foto’s, muziek en film in de permanente en tijdelijke tentoonstellingen.

De exposities stellen uiteenlopende thema’s centraal, variërend van hedendaagse kunst tot religieuze tradities en historische foto’s uit de vermaarde verzameling van het Tropenmuseum. Regelmatig organiseert het museum activiteiten voor jong en oud, zoals rondleidingen, lezingen, speurtochten en muzikale workshops. Het museum maakt deel uit  van het Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen en is gevestigd in één van de mooiste historische gebouwen van Amsterdam.

Tropenmuseum Junior

Tropenmuseum Junior maakt deel uit van het Tropenmuseum. Het maakt interactieve tentoonstellingen voor kinderen tussen de 6 en 12 jaar en hun families. Sinds de oprichting in 1974 heeft het zich ontwikkeld tot een volwaardig museum met een aanbod dat specifiek gebaseerd is op een actieve relatie tussen kinderen en objecten, middels verhalen, activiteiten als dans, muziek, kunst en koken. Medewerkers begeleiden op basis van in eigen huis ontwikkelde museaal-pedagogische uitgangspunten de kinderen bij hun kennismaking met niet-westerse culturen. 


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