Onze collectie

Our collection

Open your window on the world

Each 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 have one thing in common: they show that despite our differences we are all human.

We only have room to display a small amount of these objects. Luckily that doesn’t mean the rest stay hidden; please view our collection site.

The National Museum of World Cultures (NMVW) groups together Amsterdam’s Tropenmuseum, the Afrika Museum in Berg en Dal and Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden. Since 2017 NMVW has been working closely together with Rotterdam’s Wereldmuseum.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?

 You can contact us by emailing: collectie@wereldculturen.nl

A series about provenance research in our museum

Provenance series

Volkenkunde, Schenken, Nalaten,

Gifts and Bequests

Volkenkunde bruikleen

Loan Requests


Address & opening hours

Museum Volkenkunde
Steenstraat 1, 2312 BS Leiden 
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Opening hours and prices
The museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm from Tuesday to Sunday.


A look behind the scenes of the Keiga folding screen