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Gong marks new National Museum of World Cultures


In April 2014 the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam, the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden and the Africa Museum in Berg en Dal merged to form the National Museum of World Cultures. This momentous event is emphasized by sounding the gong by Stijn Schoonderwoerd, CEO of the new museum.

The three current visitor sites and brands will continue to exist. The three museums complement each other in terms of audience reach, education, academic research, international collaboration and entrepreneurship. The new museum will manage a collection consisting of more than 425,000 items, which ranks among the best in the world. The museums’ already extensive international network will be further consolidated by the merger. Academic activities will be brought together in a new research centre.The new museum’s mission will remain completely up to date: to help create and maintain an open-minded view of the world.

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