Tropenmuseum Junior: ZieZo Marokko

Period: October 2015 – 2019 (expected)
Project leaders: Mariëlle Pals, Karlien Pijnenborg, Mohammad Babazadeh


Letting children learn about other cultures and showing how these different cultures can enrich your life – that’s what Tropenmuseum Junior had in mind when creating ZieZo Marokko. Although they decided to focus on one country only – Morocco – they specifically wanted to show the influence of dual nationality (or influences from multiple cultures) on the daily lives of Dutch citizens. “I’m not really Dutch, but not really Moroccan either”, one of the leading characters says in the exhibition. How do people deal with that feeling, and what can children (and their parents) learn from that?

In this case study, we did not monitor the entire process of the museum when building the exhibition. Rather, we interviewed them when ZieZo Marokko was already finished and asked them about what they hoped children would experience, and how they designed that experience. They designed four different routes, each showing a different perspective on the matter. Also, they wanted to immerse children in the world of Morocco, so the entire exhibit is built in a Moroccan style. And children even ‘fly’ to Morocco to really get the feeling that they are on a trip.

Read the full report – with the assumptions the designers had – here (Dutch only): Report Tropenmuseum Junior

During the research several methods were used to gather our data. A qualitative study (phase 1) was performed to learn about the objects and assumptions of the project group with regard to using the computer games in class. After this, a quantitative and qualitative study (phase 2) was executed to dive into the experiences of visitors.

The exhibition received an overall score of 8 (out of 10), which is quite high. Visitors were very enthusiastic about the design of the exhibition – they really felt connected to Morocco and liked that they got immersed in the theme. Visitors also thought they learned a lot from the exhibit, but we also found that some visitors had a hard time to understand the system in the exhibit. They were not aware of the fact that they had to follow a certain route and/or did not understand the way they could fulfill the different assignments.

Read the full report here (only available in Dutch): Report Tropenmuseum Junior