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We believe in the beauty and dignity of everybody

Who we are!

Museum of Humanity was created in 2001 after a dream of photographer Ruben Timman about a dilapidated and dark museum. It is a metaphor for the state of the world and our humanity. That dream is the starting point for portraying humanity worldwide as dignified as possible.

Our collection now consists of more than 7000 portraits. We visited twenty countries on five continents and grew into a worldwide movement. Because:

“We believe in the beauty and value of every person, regardless of origin, gender, orientation, conviction, age, disability or orientation. Every person matters, is valuable and capable of making the world a better place.”

We make humanity shine with portraits and stories. As an invitation to step across borders and get an eye for each other. Because in the other you always recognize something of yourself!


• We photograph people – on the street – and let them experience how valuable they are.

• We transform cities with outdoor exhibitions, enriched with events.

• We show our work in museums, newspapers, magazines, empty shops, the train or on the street.

• We pack buildings with hundreds of portraits as a visual statement.

• We work with inspiring partners on positive activist campaigns.

• We encourage young people to believe in themselves and to really see the other with School of Humanity.

• We train companies and organizations to create more connections.

• We organize activities and programs with our army of volunteers in our permanent museum.

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Museum of Humanity

Visiting address
'Building 155'
Ketelhuis 10
1505 RD Zaandam

Mailing address
Affuitenhal 1
1505 RE Zaandam

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The people behind Museum of Humanity

From left to right: Thomas Möhring (secretary), Vera Timman (School of Humanity coordinator), Maarten Verbruggen (treasurer), Ruben Timman (initiator & photographer), Maurice Corver (chairman), Maarten Nota (writer), Rosa van Ederen ( project coordinator) and Ton Hoogduin ((volunteer coordinator and museum caretaker).


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Chamber of Commerce number: 70990352
Bank account: NL 78 RABO 0328 7203 99 of Stichting Museum of Humanity
RSIN/Tax number: NL858537266B01

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