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“Great exhibits but no bags allowed”
Review of Tropenmuseum

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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.
Reviewed October 25, 2013

We visited today with 4 kids aged 1-11 years and were dismayed to be told at the entrance that we could only take a very small handbag into the museum. We were happy to put coats and backpacks into the lockers but could not understand why we could not take a large tote bag with nappies, wipes, phone and money etc inside. We were offered a tiny carrier bag by staff that could fit a wallet, definitely no room for nappies or wipes, and no explanation for this strange policy, other than the sign with the size of the very small bag allowed. Once inside, we had a great time with the kids who especially enjoyed the 2nd floor exhibits on Morocco and Africa, the World Music Room and the Esher exhibition. They also had fun making kaleidoscopes and the food was excellent in the cafe. We just felt that the bag policy and staff were very unfamily friendly and the situation was handled very badl. However, after loud complaining we were eventually allowed to take our change bag into the museum by a more senior member of staff. They also told us that the only toilets were on level 0 where the entrance was but we found more on Level 2. Be warned!

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Reviewed October 20, 2013

We went just for the Escher exhibition and were amazed at the rest of this museum. Fascinating for all ages and cultures. A lot of thought has gone into the presentation of each gallery such as lighting and layout. Floor staff very welcoming, helpful and bi-lingual.

Thank EnzoPuzzovio
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Reviewed October 19, 2013

Very interesting, informative, colorful...Go! The Dutch get honest, imperialism and all. We spent about 3.5 hours here. Decent food, bonus.

Thank lovemyplanet
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

What a mag-ni-fi-cent museum! It's super inter-active, fully social-media connected (scan your face onto a beautiful African tribal hairdo and send it off or send e-cards at your heart's content :). You can lie on a bunch of lush pillows watching and listening (get the "audio tour" [Eur 2,00] otherwise you can't follow it)! to the story of Layla & Majnu which is being screened above (!) your head. Just for a while you can "be" a member of the Dogon tribe in Mali and, quite literally, sit for a while in their (almost life size) village. Alterntively you may roam the (almost life size) streets of Manilla. It that doesn't do it for you you ;) may visit a tribal tent or play the juxbox in the Mexican cafe. The restaurant (also) offers various Indian, Surinam, Turkish etc. dishes/drinks; lovely to try and not too expensive. Last but not least the building itself; it is beautiful!

Thank Rinzey
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Reviewed October 16, 2013 via mobile

Very nice .especially for children. Lots of interesting things to see and to do. People are very friendly and explane everything. You must spend one day to see the nice things

Thank robbert63
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