At the Tropenmuseum you and your students will find a whole world of stories. We offer an exciting mix of exhibits, combining ethnography and contemporary art. Tropenmuseum offers an extensive range of activities for primary and secondary school children. For schools from abroad, the museum also offers guided tours of the museum highlights in English.

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:


  • 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
  • After booking: download the Teacher's Pack for the appropriate age group (see under Two programmes)

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.

Read more about Visible Thinking, a flexible framework for cultivating thinking and deeper understanding.

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