This place is really cool and I can't recommend it highly enough for adults and/or families. On the one hand, it does a good job of reminding us of some difficult historical truths tied to colonization. On the other hand, it does a better job than I've ever seen at representing the many "exotic" cultures that the Netherlands has affiliated itself with. My husband and I took two days at this museum. For those with children, it could easily be a multi-visit attraction. Many exhibits feature interactive functions. They had a special exhibit on the history and context of tattooing and body art that we spent over an hour visiting and I saw a number of small kids fully engaged in the video presentations that were offered beside exhibits. Also of note, the cafe is pretty good. We visited on a day when the weather was absolutely horrible and decided to take a break for lunch there. My African-influenced soup and Greek salad were high quality, as was my husband's Indonesian sandwich. They offer some interesting ethnic options (only place I saw burritos during our trip), which is great, given the cultural education that the museum promotes.
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