Gay and LesBian Social Connection The Netherlands

LHBTI Lesbisch & Homo Meetup Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Den Haag, Utrecht

Museum & Café – What a Genderful World & Longing for Mecca

Museum & Café – What a Genderful World & Longing for Mecca

Come join Kanak and me for a coffee and a visit to the Tropen Museum in Amsterdam to see the new exhibit – “What a Genderful World”. There is also another exhibit “Longing for Mecca”, which we can also check out together.

11:30am – meet for a coffee in the Tropen café
12:00pm – enter the museum to see the exhibits
1:30pm – exit and find a place for lunch or say our goodbyes!

16 EUR (free with Museumkaart)


Gender is a hot topic: gender-free toilets, Dutch Railways with ‘Dear Travellers’, and no boys or girls labels in the HEMA stores. But did you know that what we see as masculine or feminine is largely culturally determined? In a festival-like setting, dive into the world of gender and discover how this is expressed and experienced worldwide.

On Fiji policemen wear a skirt. Pink has only been a girls’ colour since the 1950s in the West. He and she do not exist in the Turkish language. And in Mexico there is a third gender besides male and female: muxe. Experience these and more in the exhibition with objects from the museum collection, photographic art, fashion and personal stories.

Experience it yourself
So get going, we challenge you! Hit a punch bag and show your strength. Plunge into a ball pit of boobs that gets you thinking about power. Or do a photo shoot to become aware of what is typically a ‘masculine’ or ‘feminine’ pose.


Through special objects and personal stories of Dutch pilgrims, this exhibition takes you on a pilgrimage to Mecca.

Longing for Mecca offers a unique insight into the Hajj, Islam’s most important pilgrimage. Millions of people travel to Mecca each year, including thousands of Dutch. It is one of the world’s biggest religious, spiritual and cultural phenomena. What attracts these pilgrims? What impressions and experiences move them on the road, when they reach their destination and when they come back?

For centuries, the pilgrimage to Mecca inspires many artists and rulers to create spectacular works of art. In the exhibition we have brought together more than 300 appealing pieces from important collections of Islamic art. The curated pieces span a wide range: from the 10th century to the present day, and from China and Indonesia to Turkey and Morocco.

Looking forward to seeing you,
Kanak and Timothy

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