Troppenmuseum

Troppenmuseum buiten
The Troppenmuseum is a multicultural museum located in Amsterdam Oost. There are exhibits showcasing the native cultures of Amsterdam immigrants from Southern Asia to Africa. The displays explore art, religion, and colonialism. As someone with a degree in anthropology, I knew I had to visit it.

The art and ritual artifacts were amazing! I enjoyed seeing the similarities and differences in the artwork especially the masks and puppets. The most difficult part to see was the section on colonialism. It is a challenging subject to approach but the exhibit handled it decently.

I really enjoyed the Muziekwereld room where you could listen to different instruments. The instruments ranged from wood and skin drums to sitars to accordions. It would be easy to lose hours in this room.

From the Rondom Aziƫ exhibit, Indian Cinema
From the Rondom Aziƫ exhibit, Indian Cinema

Troppenmuseum trap

Kunst

Let’s talk about art (kunst in Dutch). Art is not exclusively found in museums. In fact I found quite a lot of art by just walking around town. Art is in parks, train stations, buildings, and many other places; you just need to keep your eyes open. Below is some art I have found whilst wandering.

Haarlem
A window in Haarlem
Amsterdam
A statue in Amsterdam
Buurtatelier (an exhibition of art by Dutch children)
Het Buurtatelier (art by Dutch children, this painting and the next four are in a tunnel under the Muiderpoort train station)

trein station kunst 2

trein station kunst 3

trein station kunst 4

trein station kunst 5

I found this face on a bridge.
I found this face on a bridge.
Gedeeld verleden, gezamenlijke toekomst (shared past, common future). This art installment is in Oosterpark in Amsterdam
Gedeeld verleden, gezamenlijke toekomst (shared past, common future). This art installment is in Oosterpark in Amsterdam
De titaantjes (Little Titans). Oosterpark, Amsterdam
De titaantjes (Little Titans). Oosterpark, Amsterdam
Another statue in Oosterpark
Another statue in Oosterpark

Haarlem

Recently, I visited Haarlem which is home to the Ten Boom clock shop, Kenau Simonsdochter Hasselaer*, several museums, and lots of lovely architecture.

As I travel around the Netherlands, I am noticing that each train station looks different and many of them have lovely architecture and artwork. The Haarlem Station is no exception.

Art in the Haarlem Train Station
Art in the Haarlem Train Station

Stained glass window at the Haarlem Train Station
Stained glass window at the Haarlem Train Station
More art in the Haarlem Train Station
More art in the Haarlem Train Station
Third Class Waiting Room (apparently now these waiting rooms have been converted into a salsa club). Now there are only 1st and 2nd class train tickets.
Third Class Waiting Room (apparently now these waiting rooms have been converted into a salsa club). Now there are only 1st and 2nd class train tickets.

Cool Haarlem Building

I did not go inside the Ten Boom shop this visit but I plan to return in the future.

The Ten Boom Clock Shop where Corrie Ten Boom and her family hid Jews during WWII.
The Ten Boom Clock Shop where Corrie Ten Boom and her family hid Jews during WWII.

Historic Building with an apothecary head outside.
Historic Building with an apothecary head outside.
Hermes Foot statue by a canal in Haarlem
Hermes Foot statue by a canal in Haarlem
church in Haarlem
church in Haarlem

*I did visit the Frans Hals Museum exhibit on Kenau. She was a Dutch woman who fought against the Spanish in 1573.