Permanent activity

How do you celebrate?

Welcome to the party shop!

Our party shop is a cheery, family venue where you can find things from all over the world that are used in all kinds of different celebrations. Every day somewhere in the world, something is being celebrated. We don’t all share the same celebrations, but we all like a party. Take a look around in our party shop and discover celebrations you didn’t know existed. Do our music quiz, learn a festive dance or pick the best party outfit!

FESTIVITIES! Worldwide: Keti Koti

During Keti Koti we commemorate and celebrate the abolition of slavery. Every year Keti Koti begins with the Bigi Spikri parade. It’s a colourful parade, with people wearing traditional dress and beautiful jewellery. You often also see people wearing a black badge with 1873 in white numbers. By wearing this badge they are showing that slavery was formally abolished in 1863 but those previously enslaved were compelled to work on the plantations for another ten years. So they were not really free until 1873.

Creative activity: Make your own Keti Koti badge

From 13 May in the weekends Keti Koti is the theme of the party shop in the Tropenmuseum. You’ll get to know more about the commemoration and celebration of Keti Koti. During the activity we’ll make a badge. A badge is a powerful way of conveying a statement or message. Just like the 1873 badge. You’ll make your own badge specially to wear during Keti Koti. Hedy Tjin, the illustrator of the book Op de rug van Bigi Kayman, made two line drawings specially for these badges. 


Practical information

  • When: Saturdays and Sundays. Every day during school holidays. 
  • Time: 12 noon – 4 pm
  • Who for: 4+
  • Price: free activity (excl. museum admission)
  • Reserve: not possible | join in when there’s room, entry until 3.30 pm 
  • Please note: this activity is not for Out-of-School Groups. Check what’s available for Out-of-School Groups.
  • More information: +31 (0)88 - 0042 840 (Mon – Fri: 10 am – 5 pm)

Assignment cards

Choose a festival, take an assignment card and go and explore together in the party shop. Letters are hidden everywhere, do the musical quiz, learn how to dance and listen to a story. Found all the letters? Then fill in the code word and have a photo taken at your party.

Practical information:

  • When: continuous
  • Who for: 3+
  • Price: free activity (excl. museum admission)

Celebrate your birthday!

Is it your birthday and do you want to have a party for your friends in the Tropenmuseum? Look at all the possibilities


Festivities! Worldwide is part of Feest! Weet wat je viert (Holidays! What are we celebrating?), an initiative of Museum Catharijneconvent, www.feestweetwatjeviert.nl (in Dutch only).