NMVW Collections

Online collection database

The online collection database is host to the collection of the Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen (Tropenmuseum, Afrika Museum and Museum Volkenkunde) and that of the Wereldmuseum Rotterdam. The collection contains nearly 450,000 objects and 260,000 photographic images that are part of the state or municipality collections, and another 350.000 images of documentary value.

Entire collection accessible

Only a small part is on display in the museum galleries. The online collection database enables you to browse a growing part of the collection, including that which is stored behind the scenes. For this presentation, the collection has been subdivided in objects and photographic collections, and has been linked to constituents, exhibitions, expeditions and themes.

Create an account to save your selections, and to order images via our web shop. For questions and remarks, contact collectie@wereldculturen.nl.


To order photographs of our collection you can create an account and place the preferred photographs in your shopping basket:​ http://collectie.wereldculturen.nl

Loan requests

Loan requests must be submitted a minimum of six months before the start of the exhibition period. For detailed information, loan fees and general conditions, please refer to the Info sheet Loan Requests (PDF) and Conditions of Loan (PDF).

For more information about the procedure, please contact registrar@wereldculturen.nl.


To search the catalogue of the RCMC Library in Leiden, click or tick http://www.rmv.nl/rmvbooks/.