Top choice museum in Oosterpark & East of the Amstel

A great arched, galleried space, the Tropenmuseum houses a three-storey collection of artefacts from former colonies, from Indonesian shadow puppets depicting the Dutch, to dioramas of tropical life. It's all presented with insight, imagination and a fair amount of multimedia, and there are great temporary exhibitions. There’s a hands-on children’s section, great for clambering, a music section (take headphones or buy them there for €1.50), a fine gift shop and a lovely cafe.