What to See in the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam Tourist Attractions

As we all know, there are many tourist attractions in the beautiful city of Amsterdam, which is why the city never fails to amuse visitors. With all the gorgeous canals and many historic attractions, Amsterdam is a must-visit place for every ardent traveler. Among the world famous attractions, Tropenmuseum is one of the spots you must check out during you Amsterdam canal tour.

Tropenmuseum is an ethnographic museum located in the middle-east Amsterdam, next to Oosterpark. The name translated to English means, “Tropical Museum”. The museum was first established as Colonial museum, which was opened to the public during 1871. The building was designed by M.A. Van Nieukerken and J.J.Van Nieukerken, and it took 11 years to build the structure because of labor strikes and World War I. It was completed in 1926, and in 2003 the Tropenmuseum was listed as a historical building.

Tropenmuseum existed to show the Dutch culture in the motherland and simultaneously operated as research facility in order to maximize colonial profits. Some new methods to grow crops like coffee beans, paraffin, and rattan, were tested here. Further researches were about studying the culture, ethnology, and customs.

In Tropenmuseum, you can know about world cultures, which aim at displaying universal themes such as religion, mourning, conflict, and celebration. The objects in the museum tell bit-by-bit stories about humanity and help in trying to understand the cultural diversity in the world.

The museum houses 155,000 photographs, 175,000 objects, and 10,000 miscellaneous paintings, drawings, and documents. This museum also has collections for many geographical areas such as South Asia, West Asia, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, North Africa, and the Caribbean. They also have many collections for Japan, Korea, China, and Europe.

The museum is open weekly from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00 and during school vacations, it will be opened on Monday as well. On entering the museum you could see a massive open space and a small wing for children which opened in the early 1970s.

You can see permanent exhibitions at the Tropenmuseum on the first floor. The exhibitions illustrate and explain immense blending process of cultural influences around the world. Even though the focus of the museum is on the bond between the Netherlands and its colonial territory, the exhibitions also cover a vast portion of the entire world.

Apparently, there is a huge variety of knowledge, you can gather from here; from the moving of slaves to Suriname to the collection of curiosities by the rich colonials. Get in touch with your Amsterdam canal tour guide for more information about Tropenmuseum.