The Tropenmuseum, an anthropological museum in Amsterdam, has announced plans to host a partnered exhibit, "Art of survival: Maroon culture in Suriname", with the Wikimedia Foundation and WMF Netherlands. This will be the first collaborative exhibit where Wikimedians work with a major museum. It is scheduled to run in the museum's physical space from 6 November 2009 through 9 May 2010.
Wikimedians will assist the exhibit through article building, translation, categorization, and media restoration. Gerard Meijssen (User:GerardM), who has been spearheading the project, expressed hope that the English Wikipedia community—in collaboration with Tropenmuseum staff—could produce a Maroon-related featured article in time to present it as Today's Featured Article on the opening day of the exhibition.
In addition to putting on the museum exhibit, the Tropenmuseum and Wikimedia Netherlands will be uploading over 2100 related images from the museum's collection to Wikimedia Commons. An English version of the joint press release is posted on the Wikimedia blog. The Tropenmuseum-Wikimedia partnered exhibit has attracted considerable media attention, including coverage by two Dutch newspapers: Brabants Dagblad and Parool.
Historical images from the Tropenmuseum restored by Wikimedians will be part of the exhibit.