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Owner description: 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.
Asheville, North Carolina
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“Need More Than One Visit”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

We've been to this museum a few times but go back whenever we come back to Amsterdam. It's a bit like a the Museum of Natural History in NYC--human history past and present but much smaller and very focused. They always have changing exhibits and this time we enjoyed a photo exhibit from the coronation of Haile Selassie of Ethiopia in 1930. Apparently some Dutch adventurers were there and were part of the Dutch delegation and got a good record of everything that was going on. There were still photos and even a movie. The whole museum has exhibits with English descriptions, as well as head sets available in English. There is a lovely cafe for a bite to eat.

Visited October 2012
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40 reviews
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“Beautiful museum , with the warmth of the tropics”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

Ultimate museum for kids and adults .
We went to the brasil exhibition.

Great shop for kids with lots of interactivity, dance , sing and instruments.

On which kids can join.

A must do in amsterdam.

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Vancouver, Canada
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“Colonila history of the Netherlands”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

The Tropenmuseum is not on everyone's list of musts, but if time allows, please go. Many travellers also don't remember the colonial past of the Netherlands, so visiting the museum will provide a quick lesson. Make this a day trip and wander around the neighbourhood as well. The museum has a decent cafe with outdoor sitting on sunny days.

Visited June 2012
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Interesting ”
Reviewed September 28, 2012 via mobile

Interesting museum and a student ticket was €6. There are 3 levels and it should take no longer than 1.5/2 hours to see everything.

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Seattle, Washington
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“Nice museum, but they could make it better”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

This is not a popular museum, nevertheless it holds some interesting items. As I understand, it's more popular with locals, than tourists. The museum was pretty empty. A ticket costs 12 Euro, including an audio guide. The museum contains isotrical items from the collonies that can tell you alot about Holland history and development as an economically strong country. But... The audio guide is awful!!! It contains explanation about very few items (you have to look for a number near the exhibit). From one pavilion full of interesting items, there is an explanation (we took the English tour) about 3 or 4 exhibits. You have to guess yourself the historical background and read every single note near each exhibit. We got tired of reading very quickly. It could have been much better if there was a good audio guide, since the museum itself is very good! I saw they are offering live guided tours for about 80 Euros an hour.

Visited September 2012
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