International education

Tropenmuseum programme for international schools

Experience the world together! The Tropenmuseum is a museum about world cultures. It lets you explore the most finest treasures and stories from around the world. We offer an extensive range of activities for primary and secondary school children. All prices include museum entrance.


Stories around the world

Stories Around the World is a participative programme in English for international primary schools. It has been developed in conjunction with several international schools. This programme explores the theme of stories and storytelling by looking at and connecting with a series of carefully chosen objects around the museum. Students will look at the way objects can tell stories about people, ideas and the objects themselves.

There is enormous potential for objects as tools for learning and thinking. For Stories around the World we have included objects that encourage slow-looking, that spark curiosity and provoke engagement. Stories Around the World is a participative student-centred programme facilitated by a museum teacher. There are ample opportunities for students to get involved and share their thoughts.

Stories Around the World is a supplement learning in the classroom about stories and complements units in the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP).

Two programmes

There are two programmes for different age groups:

  • 6 - 7 year olds, 60 minutes (+ 30 mins free-time)
  • 8 - 12 year olds, 90 minutes (+ 30 mins free-time)


  • Genre: participative programme with museum teacher
  • Duration: 60 minutes (6 - 7 year olds), or 90 minutes (8 - 12 year olds)
  • Price: € 45, -  for 60 minutes | € 70,- for 90 minutes per 15 pupils

Stop! Look! Think.

The Tropenmuseum has developed a method for Stories Around the World called Stop! Look! Think. We aim to encourage slow, detailed exploration of objects using thinking routines from Visible Thinking. Stop! Look! Think. is based on 5 principles:

  1. Learning how to look at objects carefully and slowly, to investigate and find out information and construct meaning.
  2. Developing critical thinking skills in observation, description, interpretation and reasoning with evidence.
  3. Nurturing ability to work and think in a group – for example, by developing listening skills, respect for alternative viewpoints and appreciating different cultures and traditions.
  4. Using open-ended questioning to motivate and engage students in learning and elicit fresh and dynamic ideas.
  5. Equal participation and involvement for all in the discussion regardless of age, ability and background.



Body Art

Guided Tour

Do you have a piercing or a tattoo? What does it mean to you? Or do you dislike the idea? Discover body ornamentation in the broadest sense of the word – from make-up and tattoos to subcutaneous implants and surgical alterations – at the Body Art exhibition, with examples from different periods and cultures. During the tour, explore the question of why people alter their body, and work on a related assignment.

  • Age group: 12-18
  • Period: until July 2018
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Price: € 45,- per 15 students (several groups can be accommodated simultaneously)

Culture in the mix

Interactive programme

Cultures have been mixing for centuries. This interactive tour provides an introduction to the museum and an opportunity to talk about culture. Discover that many fabrics with African patterns are not made in Africa at all, but in the Netherlands. And is Blue Delftware really so typically Dutch? Music and eating habits also travel the world and mix together. And if we look at ourselves, do we also see a mix of cultures?

  • Age group: 12-18
  • Duration:  60 minutes                    
  • Price: € 45,- per 15 students (several groups can be accommodated simultaneously)     

Information & Reservations: +31 (0)88 00 45 840

For more information and booking please call our Booking Office: +31 (0)88 00 42 840, Tuesday to Friday between 10 am and 5 pm. Or send an email to