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Tropenmuseum

Linnaeusstraat 2, 1092 CK Amsterdam, The Netherlands
31-20-568-82-00
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Ranked #26 of 306 Attractions in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: History Museums
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 NEW

Its not as good as the main rijkmseum, but still interesting. The most interesting part of the museum is the treasures and artifacts they brough back to Indonesia, truly remarkable art works.

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Stuttgart, Germany
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21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I initially thought it would be a museum filled with tropical plants as the name suggested. However, it is a museum about the history of the Dutch colonies and the countries they traded with. It is quite interesting but doesn't compare to the more famous museums.

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Adelaide, Australia
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57 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This is a very well set out museum with a good selection of ethnographic works - the descriptions are clear, and in English as well as Dutch. The relatively small size makes it a relaxing place to wander around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

I love museums, but sometimes I feel like, "Enough paintings and sculpture!" The crowds in places like The Van Gogh Museum, the Victoria and Albert, The Louvre, are tiresome, especially swarming around "famous Paintings", trying to take selfie with Mona Lisa, argh. Tropenmuseum is a treat and not crowded. Three floors in a beautiful building completely dedicated to the cultures... More

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The Netherlands
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

An amazing place where you simply don't know where to look- the wonderful exhibits or the building itself, which is gorgeous, from the ceilings and staircases down to the elephant door handles at the toilets.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Suggest you go and see the "Soulmade" exhibition in the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam. Why? Because it combines and contrasts ethnographic objects and modern art in a very interesting manner. I would love to live in one of those rooms. They made me dream away, thinking of faraway places and of the people who lived there, handling these objects. The contemporary... More

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New York City, New York
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6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This museum unfortunately is unknown to many people. It should't be that way. The grand building is beautiful old fashioned architecture. The permanent exhibition is mostly about the former Dutch colonies, with a historical note from both perspectives. To my surprise, I run into a statue of Santo Nino de Atocha and la Virgencita de Guadalupe too in the area... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The Tropenmuseum is genuinely one of the most enjoyable museums I've ever been to. Expensive ticket price, but certainly well worth it. There is a good collection, combined with some very good displays and interactive material. The North African gallery is particularly worth visiting. The material is well-displayed with tickets in both Dutch and English. The museum café is also... More

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Alexandria, VA
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35 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This is a fabulous ethnographic museum with a wealth of information (in Dutch and English) and artifacts from many cultures, not just those that the Dutch had colonized. Plan on spending at least two to three hours as you select which exhibits to see, enjoy, and learn.

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Washington, DC
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38 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I am shocked more people do not know about the Tropenmuseum -- it is full of surprises! I must admit, not all surprises were good, but in the end it added up to a wonderful day and an excellent value. First surprise is the name -- it is not "Tropical"! It is an ethnographic museum that gives you an experience... More

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