What a genderful world
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This exhibition has ended

What a Genderful World exhibition

This exhibition has ended. It was on display in the Tropenmuseum until 3 January 2021.


Gender is a hot topic: gender-free toilets, Dutch Railways with ‘Dear Travellers', and no boys or girls labels in the HEMA stores. But did you know that what we see as masculine or feminine is largely culturally determined? In a festival-like setting, dive into the world of gender and discover how this is expressed and experienced worldwide. 

On Fiji policemen wear a skirt. Pink has only been a girls’ colour since the 1950s in the West. He and she do not exist in the Turkish language. And in Mexico there is a third gender besides male and female: muxe. Experience these and more in the exhibition with objects from the museum collection, photographic art, fashion and personal stories.

Gender tentoonstelling Tropenmuseum Amsterdam

Experience it yourself


A fresh look

“What a Genderful World is a visual revelation. Whether or not you’ve tested the water of gender before, the exhibition teaches us to take a fresh look at the differences between us and to accept and embrace them.” – cultureleagenda.nl

Genderful World - expo in de media

What others think of the expo


Plan your visit

The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.

Expo What a Gendeful World

Here are Ian, Thorn, Mandy, Barend and Ana Paula


Ball pit of boobs

“What a laugh, a tit bath in the Tropenmuseum!! Definitely go and have a look.” – Yuna

Cool Japan Anime: What a Genderful World

Anime with a gender theme


Open minded

“What a terrific, open-minded exposition ‘What a genderful world’ is! Nothing is what it seems (…) A must see!” – Esther

Foto credit: Zapoteeks; Mexico; Mario Patiño; 2015; model Lukas Avendaño

What do you think about this? 

Muxe: a third gender 

Does your body determine your gender? 


Super expo

“Chairs for women? That I’ve got to try! (…) a super expo, definitely to be recommended” – Chanty

Foto credit: Korea; The Pink and Blue Projects; JeongMee Yoon; 2006-2008  

How do you become a gender? 


Who has power here? 


Exhibition that makes you think

"An exhibition that makes you think about your role patterns and conscious and unconscious assumptions!” – Blog Cultuur Snuiver


Gender without borders? 


How ought you to behave? 



Who has worked on the What a Genderful World exhibition?


Playful with gender?