Take a trip around the globe! Visit the Tropenmuseum to view fascinating art and objects from tropical areas across the world.
TROPENMUSEUM ••• EXPLORE THE TROPICS WITHOUT LEAVING AMSTERDAM
Originally called the Koloniaal Museum, the collection was made up of ethnographic items from the Dutch colonies. After Indonesia gained independence in 1945, the scope of the museum changed from covering not only the Netherlands’ colonies but also other undeveloped tropical areas.
The lovely building that currently houses the collections was opened in 1926. With the atrium design and many arches and windows, it feels something like a tropical mansion inside. The building was recently renovated with a new inviting entrance and is even more beautiful.
The permanent and temporary exhibitions include both modern and traditional visual art, religious pieces, and everyday objects, as well as music, films and spoken stories. The permanent collections display material from Asia, Oceania, Africa, and Latin America.
The exhibits lead you through each of these tropical regions of the world, combining ceremonial objects, art, film and music to give the feeling of traveling to a different place. Subjects are covered in a way that really makes visitors think rather than just displaying curious objects, which is refreshing in an ethnographic museum.
Children will be entertained at the Tropenmuseum by the special Junior exhibit on the ground floor as well as many kid-friendly displays throughout the museum. If nothing else they should enjoy the fantastical masks complete with feathers, basketry, hair and bones. Adults might be amused by the many fertility symbols; it’s almost as wild as the red light district in there!
RESTAURANTS NEAR THE TROPENMUSEUM
If you are hungry or thirsty before or after your visit to the Tropenmuseum and want to explore the neighborhood, grab a coffee at Coffee Bru or Rum Baba, relax with a beer and rotisserie chicken at De Biertuin or a burger at Smokin Barrels, or go for casual Thai at Boi Boi. You can also check out the lovely restaurant adjacent to the museum, De Tropen. For more tips on the east side of Amsterdam, check out our Neighborhood Guide to Amsterdam Oost.
Helpful hint: If you plan to visit more than three museums within the year, we recommend the Museumkaart. The price of €59 is worth it as entrance to each museum is around €15-20 for adults.
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