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“The whole world in vast building”
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.
Sydney, Australia
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“The whole world in vast building”
Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

We only had an hour and must go back to see more. We spend some time in a Cairo café and then the World Music Room. In fact there is much it started to blur together in my mind as we walked back to the hotel.

Visited June 2014
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Ahmedabad, India
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48 reviews
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Reviewed June 8, 2014

I went to see only the Escher collection that was coincidentally on display when I was visiting there... I loved the Escher section and spent most of my time there...

Visited June 2014
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“Highlight of our Amsterdam visit”
Reviewed June 1, 2014

Incredible variety of historical and artistic artefacts relating to the Dutch colonial past, beautifully presented with English texts. Surprisingly few visitors when we were there. Top attraction for us, will definitely come again!

Visited May 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“More interesting than you'd expect”
Reviewed May 17, 2014

All the signage in the main museum is in Englsh as well as Dutch. Very well set out explanations for different previously Dutch colonies, separate areas for different areas of the world, with colourful and diverse exhibits to keep children Musical instruments from around the world room good. The Children's exhibit part was unfortunately only in Dutch for the tour, but was very enthusiastically explained by the guide, and currently features Brazil to tie in with the World Cup. You can wander around by yourself, there's fantastic recycled bright exhibits. Recommended museum for children 6+.

Visited May 2014
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“Encourages multicultualism”
Reviewed April 18, 2014

Explores the issue of race and cultural identity mainly within Dutch society on the ground floor which is not nearly as right-on or smugly liberal as you may expect from such an aim. Quite honest in its approach and there is a striking photo of the Dutch football team in the 1996 Euro champs at their training camp where all the black players are sat at another table to all the white ones. It does not say its a racist thing per se but tries to explore why that happened (was it accidental, was it player choice due to having more in common with people from the same race of culture etc ). Thought provoking.
Less impressive was the upstairs galleries which lists loads of objects from the distant past of the cultures of the world and especially the old Dutch colony of Indonesia. If the aim of the place is to promote cross cultural understanding then why not show more modern aspects of world culture ? There was some like an excellent mock up of a Middle Eastern café etc but mainly you could go away thinking that the world beyond Europe still goes around in grass skirts and scary masks etc

Visited April 2014
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