Welcome to the online collection database of Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen

Tropenmuseum storage

The collection of the Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen results from the merger of the Tropenmuseum, Afrika Museum and Museum Volkenkunde. It contains almost 370,000 objects and 260,000 historical images that of part of the state collection, and another 350.000 images of documentary value. Only a small part is on display in the museum galleries. This website enables you to browse a growing part of the collection that is kept in the storage rooms. For this presentation, the collection has been subdivided in objects and photographic collections, and has been linked to constituents, exhibitions, expeditions and themes.
Special guest on the website is the collection of Museum Puri Lukisan from Ubud, containing Balinese paintings and sculptures.

Questions and remarks concerning the collection, orders and the database can be directed at info@wereldculturen.nl.


Images shown on the website can be ordered using this order form.

For museum professionals, the website can be consulted via the professional site. A login name can be requested here.

See also the Tradebeads from the Sick collection and the Papua-page for highlights from the objects and photographic collection in high resolution.

A more elaborate history of the collection is published in a series of collection books, now available at LM Publishers for Tropenmuseum and Museum Volkenkunde.