The Amsterdam Tropical Museum is one of the largest museums of The Netherlands, dedicated to ethnographics: tropical cultures around the world. Permanent exhibitions at the Amsterdam Tropical Museum include traditions from Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, South-east Asia as well as world music, and rites and ceremonies of the Papuans (New Guinea). It also features a permanent exhibition about slavery and the consequences of colonialism. The museum is rather innovative, not only does it show objects and art, but you can get a real feeling of non-western cultures by hearing the music, smelling and tasting.
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The Tropical Museum building
The Tropical Museum in Amsterdam, Tropenmuseum in Dutch, dates back to 1871. The museum was founded to show the Dutch colonies and their inhabitants. Later, the museum also did research about how to improve the results of coffee beans. Scientists also started to collect and portray information about local customs. In 1926 the building of the Tropical Museum, an enormous colonial styled building was built in Amsterdam East. The main hall is 800 m2 large. It has a spectacular glass ceiling.
Qi for kids
The museum is especially nice for children, as it has a special wing, Tropenmuseum Junior, for kids where they can play interactive games. The idea is that by playing games, children will be more open and interested in other cultures and so will be more eager to learn about them. The wing is only open during the weekend.
World music, theatre and cinema
At the Tropical Theatre (Tropentheater) you can enjoy many theatre and musical performances and cinema (fiction and documentaries), ranging from meditative melodies from Tibet, hand dolls theatre (for children), tango, meringue from Angola, flamenco and cinema from Taiwan.