The country's largest anthropological museum was first built to educate the Dutch about their colonial history in Indonesia and the West Indies, but today it excels in hands-on exhibits covering all non-Western cultures. A gorgeous, skylighted, tiered interior is rich with wood, marble, and gilt, and displays not only many, many pieces of antiquity, art, and musical instruments, but also makes these accessible through workshops and in playful, simulated villages and bazaars that you walk through, touching, smelling, hearing music, and feeling the physical experience of life in Java, the Middle East, India, Africa, and Latin America. There's also a great patio where you can enjoy food from the café.
At the Tropenmuseum Junior, children can participate directly in the life of another culture through programs involving art, dance, song, and sometimes cooking. Every weekend the smallest children (under six years) and their parents can visit the Kartini Wing, where they can
enjoy drawing, building, and folding. For children aged four and over, there are special children's routes through the museum and events on Wednesday afternoon and holidays. Most children's activities are in Dutch. http://www.tropenmuseumjunior.nl