Between 1987 and 2008 Wim Manuhutu was director of Museum Maluku in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He curated exhibitions on the Moluccan history, culture and current events and developed the museum as one of the few ethnic museums in the Netherlands into a knowledge in the field of heritage and diversity.
From 2000 to 2004 Manuhutu was Chair of the commission History of Migration within the project Heritage Minorities. With the support of the Ministry of Education and Mondriaan Foundation the commission’s objective was to give a stronger voice to migrant communities within the heritage sector.
From 2004 to 2008 was Manuhutu chairman of the Netherlands Museum Association.
At the Mondriaan Foundation Wim Manuhutu was advisor to the committee Programs of contemporary art museums and heritage institutions. He is a member of the editorial staff of the debate series Framer Framed an interdisciplinary initiative of Dutch cultural institutions in the field of cultural heritage, contemporary art and ethnography.
Wim Manuhutu since 2004 member of the Advisory Committee on Appointments and the Dutch Arts Council.
In 2009 he began his doctoral research at the Free University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on the relationship between the Netherlands and is former colonies Indonesia and Suriname. The central research question focuses on the way this historical relation influences the contemporary concept of shared cultural heritage.