The Schielandshuis is the only remaining building from the 17th-century in the centre of Rotterdam. It is built between 1662 and 1665. This city palace housed about one and half century the regional government. In 1864 the Schielandshuis is almost totally destroyed by a fire. After a few years and an ugly restoration the building opened its doors again, housing the municipality archives and as museum Boymans. In the 20th century the collections grew abundantly, so in 1938 Museum Boymans moved to its actual building museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.
The Schielandhuis survived the bombing of 1940 in WWII, but was in very bad shape. First decades later the local government decided to restore the building in its old glorious style of the 17th century. So in 1986 the historical Museum of Rotterdam could open its doors.
In the museum the history of Rotterdam is brought to life. The people of Rotterdam and their city play the central part in permanent and temporary exhibitions.
Opening hours: from 11.00am till 5 .00 pm
Closed at mondays, 1th January, 30th April & 25th December
Het Schielandhuis is a museum with exhibitons about the history of the city. Most of them are non-permanent, for example about shopping in Rotterdam (focus on de bijenkorf) or Rotterdam in the 2nd world war. In the 1st floor, you can see a multimedia show about the history of the city. Information is in dutch only, so you have to understand at least written dutch (and also spoken in case of the multimedia show). Anyway, it's worth a visit.
You can use the entry bought in this museum also for the museum "de dubbelde Palmboom" (Rotterdam/Delfshaven).
March 18, i will visit this museum together with Robin-Linda, lsgrevy and a friend of his.
Dali felt equally at home in traditional painting and sculpture as in the new media of the 20th century. He was very interested in the vast reach and the many forms these ‘new’ media could take: film, fashion, photography and advertising. The exhibition 'It’s all Dali presents a broad overview of all these disciplines. Dali resses with a pattern of bricks, the famous sofa in the shape of Mae West's lips, the designs for the dream sequence in Hitchcocks film Spellbound or a commercial for Alka Seltzer.
During this exhibition there will be a 5 euro surcharge on the regular price of admission.
CHANGE IN OPENING HOURS during 'It's all Dali
(05-03-05 till 12-06-05):
Tuesday through Sunday, 11.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m. Please note the change in opening hours! Also open Easter weekend (March 27 + 28) and Whitsun weekend (May 15 + 16). Closed on the Queen's Birthday (April 30).
The entrance and the innersquare of the museum is specially redecorated
in Dali style by John Körmeling, an an artist from Eindhoven.
Fantastic exhibition from Dali at this museum, more info you can find at their website
Tuesdays to Sundays, 11.00 to 17.00 hrs
Closed on Mondays (except Easter Monday and Whitmonday) , 1 January, 30 April (Queensday) and 25 December
€ 9 adults
€ 6: Group rates, minimum 15 persons (booking in advance)
€ 4,50: Students
Free Entrance: Youngsters till 18 years, Museum card holders, ICOM Card, Friends of the museum
This is a smuggling museum documenting the items that were smuggled, the methods used to conceal them and the measures the authorities employed to deter them.
Unfortunately everything is in Dutch right now, but I was told they were in the process of translating everything.
Opening Times:Tue-Sun 11-5
This Museum is next to the KUNSTHAL, the BOYMANS VAN BEUNINGEN MUSEUM and not far from the MARITIME MUSEUM and the MUSEUM HARBOUR, all near/in THE VERY HEART OF ROTTERDAM.
This museum is so much more than a museum. It is a cultural institution, open to the public, that concerns itself in a variety of ways with architecture, urban design and spatial planning.
Since 1993 the NAi has been housed in a striking building, designed bt JO COENEN, situated at the edge of the museumpark IN THE CENTRE OF ROTTERDAM.
Not only does the NAi hold more than 15 changing exhibitions every year, it also organizes lectures, symposiums and other activities.
In this way, the NAi stimulates and informs people in professional circles as well as the public at large.
The institute has one of the largest architecture collections in the world: 400 ARCHIVES, 150 COLLECTIONS and 40,000 BOOKS and MAGAZINES - together occupying some 15 running kilometres.
The NAi manages this collection with care and opens it to interested parties.
Until just before the Second World War, the Museumpark was just a stretch of grass where catle grazed. One of the first buildings to be ereted on the land was Museum Boijmans van Beuningen. This was followed by exclisive villas in the New Movementarchitectural style.
Examples of this functionalist, innovative style include Huis Sonneveld (1955) by architects J. A. Brinkman and L. C. van der Vlugt, who also disigned the Van Nelle factory and the current Chabot Museum, designed by architects Baas and Stokia. The Cahabot was radically renovated in 2008. Work is still being done on the Museumpark itself to accommodate a large parking acility underneath the park.
The harbour museum is a working museum, offering free admission to the public. Ships sail in and out, cranes operate and traditional crafts are demonstrated, so there is always something for the whole family to do there.
The Leuvehaven features all kinds of boats and barges, as well as a grain elevator.
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen - principal museum in Rotterdam
Old Art, Decorative Art, Print Room, Modern Art.
The museum was built by the famous Dutch architect Berlage.
In May 2003 a whole new wing was opened. The photo shows only part of the museum. In the back there is the new wing (glass wall).
The Dutch Photo Museum has the intention to show the diversity of all forms of photography in the broadest sense of the word, not only as an artistic form of expression, but also as a medium of social expression and commentary.
The Nederlands Fotomuseum (Dutch Photo Museum) covers various types of photography, like artistic, documentary and amateur photography with subjects as nature, landscape, architecture, fashion and sports. The musem shows also the varied forms of expression and distribution, like books, magazines, newspapers, projection, internet and the digital highway. There is also attention for the various use of photgraphy by other disciplines, like in arts, journalism, television and film.
The Museum houses not only a museum, but also the Dutch Photo Archives and a restoration workshop. I visited the museum for the first time work related, just after it was moved from Amsterdam to Rotterdam and has opened its doors in 1994.
11am till 5pm, closed at mondays.
If you want to know more about Rotterdam’s maritime history, this is the right place. The history of the harbour is one of the main focus points, as well as the Holland-Amerika-Lijn (a shipping company, now part of a larger US-group) and ships in general. The museum is really huge, so that you can easily spend many hours in it. An open-air area shows you old ships and maritime items from the past centuries. With its root dating back to 1852, this is the oldest museum of its kind in the Netherlands. Like in most of Rotterdam’s museums, english information is existant, but not as extensive as the one in dutch. But if you like ships or want to have some background info after a harbour tour, I would recommend a visit here.
Once the world’s largest harbour, Rotterdam has established and maintained connections to most parts of the world. So it is no coincidence that many items from all over this planet found its way to Rotterdam into a huge collection of artpieces from the last centuries. Interesting exhibitions about international and intercultural relationships take place here too. I visited one about the Dalai Lama and his predecessors and a second one called “Rotterdammers” about the cultural backgrounds of Rotterdam’s multi-ethnic population. There was also an interesting part showing us how the image of Africans changed (or – unfortunately - sometimes didn’t change) in Europe during the last centuries and decades. Brings some warm clothes with you – for conservation of all the exhibits the temperature in some parts of the museum is kept very low.
The permanent exhibitions were nice, but not exciting. But "Rotterdammers" and the Dalai Lama were both excellent! They exceeded my expectations by far.
This is a Nature Historical Museum. It's got sceletons of animals, stuffed animals, conserved animals and expostitions. The museum is a lot of fun for children to, becuase they can find out things for themselves.
It's opened Tuesday to Saturday: 10.00 to 17.00
Sundays and Holidays: 11.00 to 17.00
Admission is 4.00 EURO.
The Chabot Museum is housed in a striking white villa just east of the Dutch Architecture Institute. This villa is designed by the architect G.W. Baas and the Italian architect L.Stokla. In the museum you can find the collection of the painter and sculptor H.Chabot (1894-1949).
The work of Chabot has much in common with expressionist painters. In the museum you can see his sculptures, paintings, graphics and drawings depicting portraits, studies of animals and figures and landscapes.
I never visited this museum myself, but saw lots of people entering the museum. In the museum are also exhibitions of artists from the same period.
tue,wed, thu, fri 11am till 4.30 pm
sat 11am till 5pm
sun 12am till 5pm
Since 1927 the Nature Museum is located in the monumental Villa Dijkzigt, built in 1852. The modern extension of the museum is designed by the Mecanoo architects. This pavilion of glass, being the largest display case of the Netherlands, forms an unity with the architecture of the neighbouring Kunsthal.
The 25 meter long skeleton of the sperm-whale is one of the most striking objects of the museum. The collection of the museum is displayed in different exhibitions. There are lots of skeletons, skulls, insects, shells, fossiles, animals and a herbarium, in short everything the nature produces.