Public Program Museum om de Hoek

In association with Amsterdam Museum

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Museum om de Hoek x Amsterdam Museum

Amsterdam and Indonesia have a long and tumultuous relationship. Can we understand each other better by sharing stories of our shared histories? Four small neighborhood museums are taking up this challenge. As the first exhibition of the overarching Museum om de Hoek, they highlight Multatuli's influence in the city - then and now.

Museum om de Hoek is a collaboration between a large number of small museums in Amsterdam. From March 2022 to September 2025, they will present themselves together in the temporary accommodation of the Amsterdam Museum. First of all, the Buurtmuseum Indische Buurt, Cacao Museum, Multatuli Museum and Museum Perron Oost with the overarching theme Amsterdam/Indonesia, can be visited until 28 August.

Conversation: the Ranchi ship

The Ranchi is one of the ships with which many Indo-Dutch departed from Indonesia, just after the controversial and bloody war of independence. The war started in August 1945, after Indonesia declared independence. The Netherlands did not recognize independence until December 27, 1949. During the crossing of the Ranchi, which took a month, 37 children were born between two worlds. Almost all of them are children of soldiers from the Royal Dutch East Indies Army. Their passport does not contain a country of birth, but a coordinate. The country of their parents, the Dutch East Indies, no longer exists.

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Ranchi baby

Henk Eyk is one of the Ranchi babies. His father left the Beemster for the Dutch East Indies in search of a better life. It all went very differently than expected. Henk Eyck immersed himself in the life of his father. Audio journalist Joost Wilgenhof, who tracked down the 37 Ranchi babies, will talk to him.

Practical information
  • Date: August 10th
  • Time: 15.00 - 16.30 hrs
  • Location: Amsterdam Museum on the Amstel, Amstel 51. At the Tuingang
  • Prijs: free when you have a valid admission ticket