Amsterdam’s Tropenmuseum (Tropenmuseum of World Cultures) is a museum about people, housed in an impressive listed building overlooking Amsterdam’s Oosterpark. The extensive permanent display and regularly changing exhibitions feature objects that all have a story to tell about humankind. Through these stories about universal human themes, such as mourning, celebration, ornamentation, prayer and conflict, visitors can glimpse the past, present and future of non-Western cultures around the globe.
Tropenmuseum: immersed in history
As the public face of the Royal Tropical Institute, the Tropenmuseum is a grand institution, both inside and out. Its beautiful brick building dates from 1926 and sits alongside the spacious greenery of Oosterpark. Inside, its spectacular Lichthal (‘Light Hall’) greets visitors, with this large, open room overlooked by balconies and with its grand staircase climbing the far wall – the space typically being used to show off temporary exhibitions and other large-scale works. And as you explore the museum’s smaller rooms, you’re expertly guided through Asia, Oceania, Africa and Latin America via authentic art, household and religious objects, photographs, music, film and interactive displays.
Family fun in Amsterdam
The museum is also renowned for its efforts in child-friendly exhibitions. Tropenmuseum Junior offers an educational, inspiring and entertaining programme for kids (6 to 13 year olds), aimed at introducing them to different cultures.
How to get there
Tram 9, 14. This information is subject to change; for up-to-date public transport info check the GVB website.