About the MuseumThis impressive anthropology museum is one of the largest in Holland and probably one of the most interesting. It contains eight permanent exhibitions and is run by the Royal Institute for Tropical Area Studies. The museum is located in an impressive and beautiful building with a number of floors, containing more than 340,000 pieces.
Out of the vast number of works, you can find 175,000 items and objects, over 155,000 photographic materials (photographs, albums, slides and negatives) and about 10,000 other diverse exhibits, such as drawings and documents.
The museum was established in the 19th century and its primary purpose was to present the early arts of the Dutch colonies. Over time, the exhibits were replaced by interactive exhibitions aimed at presenting third world cultures and their daily lives. To complete the experience, visitors are given musical instruments, costumes and masks, games, various sculptures, stuffed animals, art objects and more.
The museum tour experience is certainly suitable for the whole family, but it is important to emphasize that all the activities that take place in the museum are in Dutch.
About the Museum's ExhibitsAfrica - A display of exhibits from the African regions south of the Sahara - 12 cultures from 20 different countries. You can learn about the history of Africa from the days of European colonialism until the independence of countries in the middle of the 20th century.
Latin America - In this exhibit you can learn about the culture of Latin America and the Dutch colonies of the region. You will learn about the fascinating encounter between Indian, Spanish, Dutch and African culture.
Humans and the Environment - In this exhibit you will learn about the most exciting tropical life - rainforest, savannah, beaches and cities in these areas.
East Indies - In this exhibit you will learn about the colonial history of the Netherlands in the Dutch East Indies (a Dutch colony formed from several colonies)
Papua New Guinea - You can see religious objects and ceremonial objects coming directly from Papua New Guinea (a country located on the island of New Guinea north of Australia) and the changes that took place in its interesting culture during the 20th century.
West Asia and North Africa - In this exhibit you will learn about the Muslim culture, history and development of Islam in the North African region. Particular emphasis is placed here on the technology and science that developed during the Golden Age of Islam in Spain and North Africa. Note the spectacular reconstruction of the traditional buildings and the traditional Yemenite living quarters.