The Amsterdam Tropical Museum is one of the largest museums of The Netherlands, dedicated to tropical cultures around the world. The museum was built in 1926, starting with a collection of photographs and objects from the (now former) Dutch colonies, mostly Indonesia.
Permanent exhibitions at the Amsterdam Tropenmuseum include traditions from Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, South-east Asia as well as world music, and rites and ceremonies of the Papuans (New Guinea). The museum is rather innovative, not only does it show objects and art, but you can get a real feeling of non-western cultures by hearing, smelling and tasting.
Qi for kids
The museum is especially nice for children, as it has a special wing, Tropenmuseum Junior, for kids where they can play interactive games. The idea is that by playing games, children will be more open and interested in other cultures and so will be more eager to learn about them. The wing is only open during the weekend.
World music, theatre and cinema
At the Tropical Theatre (Tropentheater) you can enjoy many theatre and musical performances and cinema (fiction and documentaries), ranging from meditative melodies from Tibet, hand dolls theatre (for children), tango, meringue from Angola, flamenco and cinema from Taiwan.
Check programming at Tropentheater.nl.
The museum has been going through hard times. After budget cuts and a merger in 2015 the Tropenmuseum is now back in business. The main hall, 800 m2 large and with a spectacular glass ceiling is the center piece of the enormous colonial styled building.
The Tropenmuseum is owned by the Royal Tropical Institute (or KIT, Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen), a merge of the Colonial Institute and the Colonial Museum (merged in 1910).
Location and entrance fee
The Amsterdam Tropical Museum is located at the beautiful neighbourhood of East, near Oosterpark. To get there, take tram 3, 7, 9, 10 and 14. Entrance is €9. (free audiotour).