We are 175 years old

The foundation year 1837 makes Museum Volkenkunde one of the oldest ethnological museums in the world. In 2012 it holds more than 200,000 objects and 500,000 audiovisual sources from all over the world. Ranging from North American Indian headdresses to trousers made of polar-bear fur and magical Indonesian krisses to rare old photographs depicting Australian Aborigines. The entire collection is put into digital form and viewable on line. Cutting-edge research, high-profile public programs and the numerous international cooperation projects make Museum Volkenkunde one of the leading centres of expertise in the field of global cultures.

What will also take place in 2012? Until April 6, 2013, we have a unique exhibition consisting of loans from China: ‘Terracotta warriors from China’. Original burial finds from the mausoleum of China's first emperor Qin Shi Huang. The summer focuses on North American Indians, a prelude to the large exhibition 'Indians of North America's West Coast ‘ (mid-October 2012 to mid-May 2013). By means of a small exhibition and lectures, we also take notice of the Mayan prediction that the world will come to an end in December 2012. Interesting and extensive additional programs (such as lectures, workshops, tours and special packages) will enhance the knowledge of our visitors. Special programs and entrance fees are available to schools (primary and secondary education).