Onze collectie

Our Collection

Each and every one of the objects in our collection tells a human story. Stories that embody universal themes such as celebration, mourning, decoration, prayer, love and conflict. Themes that all have one thing in common: they show that despite our differences we are all human. 

The National Museum of World Cultures (NMVW) groups together Wereldmuseum Amsterdam, Wereldmuseum Berg en Dal and Wereldmuseum Leiden. Since 2017 NMVW has been working closely together with Rotterdam’s Wereldmuseum. That’s why our collection site also features the collections of these other three museums alongside that of Wereldmuseum Berg en Dal. Taken together these collections comprise nearly 450,000 objects, 260,000 photographs and some 350,000 items of documentary film and video material.

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Tekening van het mythische rijdier Buraq, door Teuku Teungoh

PPROCE - Provenance Research on Objects of the Colonial Era


Questions regarding the collection?

Mail to collectie@wereldculturen.nl

A series about provenance research in our museum

Provenance series

Bruikleenaanvragen - Afrika Museum

Loan Requests

Schenken en nalaten

Gifts and Bequests

Afrika Museum
Press release: 7 March 2019

Dutch National Museum of World Cultures (NMVW) announces principles claims colonial collections