Imagining Freedom is a thematic programme organised annually at the Tropenmuseum to coincide with the commemoration/celebration of 4/5 Mei.

Alternative Histories addresses ongoing questions surrounding the uses of the past in the present. This research area explores the relation between history and practices of ethnographic representation, questions of temporalities within ethnographic museum practices, as well as the politics of history, heritage and memory.

The Research Center for Material Culture (RCMC) promotes cutting-edge research by both the museum’s research staff and by national and international researchers on the museum’s collections.