The Tropenmuseum is an anthropologist's delight, with exhibits depicting the wide range of cultures, art and habitats found in the diverse tropical and subtropical regions of the globe.
It is one of the biggest museums of its type in Europe and is situated close to the city center in East Amsterdam. The historic building dates back to 1864 and has been part of the Tropical Institute in Amsterdam since 1949. Its large, light filled dome illuminates the modern, well planned interior.
The lifelike exhibits transport the visitor to exotic and often unfamiliar places. They also take the visitor back to the exciting time of world exploration, tracing the footsteps of the early explorers through jungle, swamplands and challenging terrain.
The visitor is told how these brave explorers accomplished their great feats and how they were able to survive in these often hostile environments. The exhibits are enhanced by the use of sound, light and multimedia presentations. They are presented in modern airy rooms, not the usual musty dark rooms often associated with this type of museum.
There are eight major permanent exhibits, which include Africa, Indonesia, South America and many parts of Asia. Another generic exhibit is Man and Environment, Music, Dance and Theatre.
What is particularly impressive about this museum is the re-creation of large scenes such as an Arab street and a Javanese house. The clever design of the exhibits allows the visitor to become immersed in the culture on display.
There is also a children's museum, which incorporates many interactive displays and provides plenty of fun, as well as an excellent learning environment for young and old alike.
A large collection of artifacts from around the world, including many collected by the famous Dutch East Indies Company, are tastefully displayed.
The main restaurant is called Ekeko but can only be used by patrons who have valid ticket to the museum. It offers a wide selection of good quality food. Café Restaurant Soeterijn also offers an international and diverse menu.
There is an admission charge with discounts offered to children, families, pensioners and students. The museum is a must for all ages and a thoroughly impressive time will be had by all.
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