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About Wereldmuseum Amsterdam

1 museum, 3 locations

As of October 4, 2023, the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam, Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden and the Wereldmuseum Rotterdam merged together under one name: Wereldmuseum. Wereldmuseum Berg en Dal (formerly Afrika Museum) is closed as of November 2023.

We believe that the world has no center but is one vast network where everything influences each other. We explore the world around us and try to understand it better through our collection and exhibitions. At all locations of the Wereldmuseum, the focus is on themes that influence our daily lives.

Closer than you think

At the locations of the Wereldmuseum, you will learn more about how people live worldwide and how people are shaped by the world. Past and present. Because with more knowledge of the relationship between past and present, you can better understand the world of today. The Wereldmuseum encourages thinking about what it means to be human. What is our connection with the world around us? How do we relate to each other?

Wereldmuseum Amsterdam

Wereldmuseum Amsterdam is housed in an impressive national monument. It was built in 1926 and is located on the Oosterpark. The imposing central Light Hall offers a panoramic view of what the museum has to offer: three permanent exhibitions, multiple temporary exhibitions, and Wereldmuseum Junior. The museum has a colonial history. Colonialism and its impact are therefore important themes within this museum location. But also topics such as global trade, consumption, migration, climate change, and urbanization are important and fitting for a global city like Amsterdam. In the exhibitions and programming, connections are always made between historical context and current, global themes.