The Tropenmuseum is an ethnographic museum located on the Linnaeusstraat in Amsterdam-Oost.
The Tropenmuseum was opened in 1864 as a colonial museum, with the overseas Dutch colonies as its main subject.
Apart from offering a view of the lives of the inhabitants of the Dutch overseas possessions, the Museum and its affiliated institute (KIT Royal Tropical Institute) were originally mainly concerned with sponsoring research to improve the production processes utilised on the colonial plantations.
Nowadays the Tropenmuseum is one of the largest ethnographic museums in the Netherlands. It houses a large collection of artefacts from all over the world, and from the former Dutch overseas colonies in particular.
The museum collection consists of both modern and historical objects, which are exhibited to illustrate both the histories and current realities of cultures across the world.
Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen
Following large cuts in government subsidies in 2014 the Tropenmuseum merged with two other Dutch ethnographic museums and formed a joint board in Leiden.
Together with the Afrika Museum in Berg en Dal, het Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde in Leiden, het Tropenmuseum now constitutes a new Museum called the Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen.