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Tropenmuseum

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Address: Linnaeusstraat 2, 1092 CK Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 31880042800
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The Tropenmuseum is a museum about people, housed in an impressive listed...

The Tropenmuseum 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. Stories about universal human themes like mourning, celebration, ornamentation, prayer, conflict. From Africa to West and Southeast Asia, from New Guinea to Latin America: come to the Tropenmuseum and discover that, despite cultural differences, we are all essentially the same.

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Interesting museum

Beautiful buildings with interesting objects and displays about places that once were under Dutch juristiction. Nice view from restaurant over the park.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Beautiful buildings with interesting objects and displays about places that once were under Dutch juristiction. Nice view from restaurant over the park.

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Alkmaar, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spending a rainy, cold and dark sunday afternoon in the middle of the winter of Netherlands in this non-typical overpriced dutch museum is not a bad idea. All in all the objects and sceneries are entertaining and informative. But its not a miracle that the historical context of dutch slavery, dutch trading with slaves and dutch war lord actions in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The focus is ethnographic exhibits from south east Asia, Africa and the Indian subcontinent. Explanations are in Dutch and English, with many interactive displays - I particularly liked the narratives which accompanied the displays about India, and the examples of world music in the Africa display on the second floor. The inside of the building is vast and airy and... More 

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Haifa, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we found this museum to be unique, in a sense that it has a wide collection of everything, regarding human culture. everyone can walk through the exhibition and find something of interest.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A really fine selection of artifacts from Dutch colonies from the last couple of centuries. Explanations are written in Dutch and English and are very informative. An interesting aspect was the acknowledgement that many of the artifacts were gathered under the guise of colonialism which is not really acceptable in modern terms.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a fascinating museum this is. Everything you need to know about the overseas regions of a once upon a time Kingdom. All exhibits are on display in a very "3d" way. If I may say so. Very interesting to see artifacts from countries of the far east. Gives you an idea of how those people lived. But also an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When we visited it, there was a temporary exhibition about music genres - very nice. You can learn a lot from there about cultures and history; it's interactive. i would say you need around 2 hours to visit everything. It is my favourite museum from Amsterdam (and I have a museum card)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It is about colonisation by the Dutch. Lots of materials and cultural items. Though, sometimes it lacks English translations.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

The museum is well worth a visit as it has a large collection of artefacts from numerous countries with the main focus being on countries that were dutch territories. It really is all very interesting especially if these are countries you don't know very much about. The museum is also in a beautiful building. The museum has a lot of... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

I only went to the Tropenmuseum to see the Rhythm and Roots exhibition which was slightly disappointing because it was too wideranging and therefore superficial. While I was there I wandered around the other exhibits but didn't feel there was enough context for the artefacts on display. There was nowhere near enough reflection on the reasons why all of these... More 

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Kim W, Online Communication at Tropenmuseum, responded to this review

Dear Teddy, Thanks for your remark. We try to give an overview of the reciprocal influences of different in Africa rooted music styles. Therefore we couldn't always focus as detailed on the different styles as we wanted to. Many thanks for your comment, and we will take a close look on how to improve our exhibitions, so that we can... More 

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