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Since opening in 1864, the Tropenmuseum (Museum of the Tropics) has amassed 175,000 objects from Dutch colonies, making it one of the largest museums in Amsterdam. Divided into eight permanent exhibitions, the museum is designed to provide insight into the daily lives and diverse cultures of people from all over the globe.
Each exhibit focuses on a different geographical region, including Southeast Asia, South Asia, West Asia and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Though focused on the Dutch colonies, the museum also has displays on other countries, such as Japan. Key attractions include a collection of more than 150,000 photographs dating from 1855 to 1940; a theatrical exhibition featuring masks, puppets, and musical instruments from around the world; and Tropenmuseum Junior, a series of interactive exhibits and events—including dance, art, and cooking—aimed at children.
Tropenmuseum is a stop on hop-on hop-off bus sightseeing tours of Amsterdam, and several city sightseeing passes include free or discounted entrance. Some guided walking tours, such as those focused on the city’s multicultural population, visit the museum but do not go inside.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Tropenmuseum is a must-visit for those with an interest in anthropology and world history.
- The historic building itself is also a draw for architecture enthusiasts.
- The museum is accessible to wheelchair users and offers programs in Dutch or international sign language. Assistance and guide dogs are welcome.
- There is an entrance fee, but children up to three years get free admission.
How to Get There
From Amsterdam’s Centraal Station, you can take the No. 14 tram directly to the Eerste van Swindenstraat stop, a short walk from the museum. The journey takes about 20 minutes. From Leidseplein, take tram No. 7 to Alexanderplein. You can also reach the museum via the Canal Bus or Artis Expressboat.
When to Get There
The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10am to 5pm. During the summer months, and other select dates, it is also open (same hours) on Mondays. The museum is closed Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and the king’s birthday (April 27). Weekends tend to be busiest.
The Tropenmuseum is part of the Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen (Dutch Museum of World Cultures), a collection of three ethnographic museums in the Netherlands, and is housed in a specially constructed building in East Amsterdam. The sprawling mansion, which took 11 years to build, was completed in 1926 to designs by Dutch architect J. J. van Nieukerken. The elaborate facade features sculptures, friezes, and carvings symbolic of Dutch history and world cultures.
Address: Linnaeusstraat 2, Amsterdam 1092 CK, Netherlands
10 Tours and Activities to Experience Tropenmuseum
See Amsterdam at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus tour, including the option of a hop-on hop-off tour by boat. Select a 24- or 48-hour ticket with 11 bus stops around town, enhanced by optional sightseeing around Amsterdam’s postcard-perfect network of waterways on the canal cruise. From the open-top double-decker bus, you pass by the Anne Frank House, National Maritime Museum, Heineken Experience and eclectic neighborhoods like Jordaan and the historical Red Light District, where you can disembark to explore.
Get the most out of your Amsterdam stay — and save money — with the I amsterdam City Card. With this pass, you enjoy unlimited use of public transport, a canal cruise and discounts on attractions and restaurants. Plus, gain entry to 44 museums including the Rijksmuseum, the Rembrandthuis Museum, Van Gogh Museum (with time slot booking option) and Hermitage Amsterdam. Use your pass to discover this marvelous city at your own pace!
Glide through Amsterdam's canals in style and comfort aboard a luxury open-air boat with no windows or walls between you and the sights. Settle into comfy cushioned seats, and warm up with provided blankets and a drink from the cash bar if the weather is chilly. The cruise departs multiple times daily from the Anne Frank House, so it's easy to fit into most sightseeing itineraries.
On our 1 hour evening cruise you will explore Amsterdam, its famous landmarks, culture, and rich trading history whilst relaxing on our 100% electric luxury boat. At night all the bridges light up in the city so it will feel like sailing through a fairytale. The cruise will be done with a small group of people, so expect an interactive tour, with enough space for questions and any needed recommendations for your further stay in Amsterdam.
Cruising the canals of Amsterdam is a must for first-time visitors to the city. This family-friendly cruise provides a personalized experience with a small boat and a maximum of 20 passengers on-board. Get to know each other as you sip drinks, tuck into snacks, and enjoy entertaining commentary from Captain Jack. Cruise around the UNESCO-listed canal ring, spot landmarks including the Rijksmuseum and the Anne Frank House, and hear fun facts and stories about Amsterdam as you discover the city.
Learn what makes Amsterdam one of Europe’s most diverse destinations on a small-group food walking tour that explores the city’s multicultural cuisine. Hear firsthand accounts of immigrants who have built a new life in the Netherlands, and taste the flavors of non-traditional Dutch foods at local shops and markets.
We depart from the Rijksmuseum and sail through a beautiful area that was created by the Dutch in the 18th century. From here we will discover old Amsterdam and the beauty of the canals. The view from our 100% electrical luxury boats is amazing and a must when visiting Amsterdam. Sit back and relax on our boats and let our skipper and hostess guide you through the small canals where all large boats can't come. Relax with a drink and enjoy the best tour of the city!
We will go on the most relaxing, cosy and beautiful nightly open boat ride through the canals of Amsterdam. But not just any boat ride. You will be indulged with food, drinks (Juices for the youngest) , stories, history and humor. You will get to know and see the rich history of Amsterdam and so much more. . And you will also meet with guests from all over the world who all speak English. So not only get to know Holand but also France, India, Spain, Andorra, Italy , US and so much more while your at it. And because I'm your host for the whole tour, I will entertain you with amazing facts, funny and exciting stories.
Private Sightseeing Tours
The best private canal tour on the famous canals of Amsterdam! The cruise is private for 1,5 hours and inclusive local skipper/guide and inclusive beer, wines, soda's and snacks (due the Corona virus, snacks are not available at this time). The luxe boat is equipped with pillows and in case of rain a roof top. Anamazing experience to enjoy with friends and family. You will see the famous hotspots of Amsterdam. The starting location is at the famous Rijksmuseum, the biggest museum of Amsterdam.
The combination of foot, bike, car and bus traffic on the cobblestone streets of Amsterdam can be overwhelming. Escape the crowds with this private canal tour. Experience the city’s waterways from a unique vantage point. Enjoy a chilled drink while a local guide gives you insight on the history and architecture of the city.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Frequently Asked Questions
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What's the best way to experience Tropenmuseum?
The best ways to experience Tropenmuseum are:
- City Sightseeing Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Boat Option
- I amsterdam Card - City Pass for Amsterdam
- Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Luxury Open Boat - Small Group - from Anne Frank House
- Evening Canal Cruise with Bar on Board - Small-Group & Live Guided
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