Panurbana 109 Tropenmuseum
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Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen
collage: 16 photos
format: 150 x 90 cm
The Colonial Museum’ was founded in Haarlem 1864. It was a collection of special objects
from the former Dutch overseas territories. Due to a lack of space, a new building was designed
for the collection in Amsterdam (1926). Architect J.J. van Nieukerken (1853-1913) designed
the building. The complex covers an area of 44,000 m2 and is richly decorated with
sculptures both inside and out. It is one of the most beautifully decorated buildings in Amsterdam.
The images and symbols refer to: trade, science, industry, religion and myths from other cultures.
In 1950 the focus of the museum was expanded to the entire tropical areas
and called: 'Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen’.