The Dutch photomuseum has a unique collection of 70 Dutch photographers. Their work gives a lively picture of Dutch society in the 19th and 20th century. In 2005 the museum hopes to open its doors in The Las Palmas building at Kop van zuid in Rotterdam.
Address: Witte de Withstraat 63
Directions: metro station Eendrachtsplein.
Phone: +31 (0)10-2132011
This building was designed by Rotterdam architect Rem Koolhaas and has more than 3300 square metres of exhibition space. It stages 25 exhibitions a year from old art, new art, design to photography. When we where there an exhibition about Mucha took place.
Address: Westzeedijk 341
Directions: Metro stations Eendrachtsplein and Leuvehaven
The Nature museum has a big collection from butterflies to fossil mammals and much more. The antique mansion Villa Dijkzigt built in 1852 is where the museum is housed. The museum was extended by a modern glass pavillion in 1995.
Address: Westzeedijk 345
Phone: +31 (0)10 - 436 42 22
The Kunsthal is a exhibitionhall that offers about 25 exhibitions annually at 3300 m2 of exhibition space. There are three main halls, a design-gallery and a photo-gallery. So five or six exhibitions can be held simultaneously. The striking and compact building is designed by Rem Koolhaas and Fumi Hoshino. It is a nice artwork of architecture. Except the exhibition halls there is spacious auditorium, a café-restaurant and a bookshop.
The annual exhibitions in the Kunsthal display a wide range of varied forms of art and culture like art, design and photography, old and new, elitist and popular. The Kunsthal often experiments with themes that have never been used for an exhibition before, which approach produces a fascinating repertoire. I saw an interesting overview exhibition of Picasso as well.
tue wed thu fri sat 10am till 5pm
sun 11am till 5 pm
Address: Westzeedijk 341, 3015 AA Rotterdam
Directions: Tram: 5 (halte museumpark)
Phone: +31 10 4400301
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.
Address: Wilhelminakade 332
Directions: End 2007 I found out that the museum has moved from the Witte de Withstraat 63 to the Las Palmas building at the Kop van Zuid close to the well-known Hotel New York. I haven't visit the place over there yet.
Phone: +31 010 2030420
NAi stands for Netherlands Architecture Institute. Because Rotterdam is the architectural Capital of the Netherlands this institute is located here. The building itself is a special artwork of architecture, designed by Jo Coenen, situated at the edge of the Museumpark in the centre of Rotterdam. Photo: taken of NAI website.
Although Rotterdam give a modern city look but there are few buildings, which have some old history and great design and one of them is undoubtedly Het Schielandshuis. It was designed and established in second era of sixteenth century and it was under the use of polder authority's residence, meeting room and reception room
The Dutch Architecture Institute (NAi) has one of the world’s largest collections of architecture. The NAi is housed in a striking building which is designed by architect Jo Coenen.
The NAi has five exhibition rooms with more than fifteen exhibitions. The first time I visited the NAi it was work related and I was overwhelmed getting such a great overview of historical and contemporary architecture. Huis Sonneveld, a modern villa from 1933, designed with light, air, space and colour is part of the NAi, being one of the best-preserved examples of the New Building School of architecture.
The NAi is more than a museum. It offers educational programs, has a large library with a study hall. In the bookshop you can find a huge selection of architecture books. There is also a nice museum café.
tue, wed, thu, fri, sat: 10am till 5pm
sun: 11am till 5 pm
Address: Museumpark 253, 015 CB Rotterdam
Directions: The NAi is one of the museums located on the Museumpark.
Phone: +31 10 4401200
The wereld museum or World Art Museum brings allready more than 100 years the world to Rotterdam. The collection of the museum amounts about approximately 200,000 items. From 2000 the neigbouring buildings were added, so the exhibition halls were doubled.
The museum offers exhibitions of contemporary and historical cultures from all over the world, from Brazil to Uzbekistan and Tibet, from the Netherlands to Singapore. The often unusual exhibitions and events stimulate and surprise the visitors by cross-cultural inspiration. The exhibitions show visual arts, masterpieces of textile, old photographs of people made by the first explorers. Since the end of the eighties contemporary art, photography and film are an essential part of the new collection policy as well.
The kids of 7-13 years can stay in Hotel ‘Het Reispaleis’ and find the answers at questions like what are people from all over the world doing here, what kind of work do they do or which things are precious to them?
Summer 2006 when I visited the World Museum there was an exhibition about Tibet and the 14 Dalai Lamas. Many years ago I visited an interesting exhibition about adobe architecture.
The ‘Wereldcafé’ of the museum follows the themes of the actual exhibitions for its meals. It has a terrace by the water, a perfect spot for a meal, lunch or drink.
Opening hours of the museum:
10am till 5pm
Address: Willemskade 25, 3016 DM Rotterdam
Directions: Tram: 5 (halte Westplein) and 20
Also reachable by Fast Ferry
Phone: +31 102707172
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.
Address: Westzeedijk 345, 3015 AA Rotterdam
Directions: The Nature museum is together with the Kunsthal located at nothern end of the park between the museums. The park is designed by R.Koolhaas and Y.Brunier
Tram: line 4
Phone: +31 10 4364222
The Museum Boymans Van Beuningen is the oldest and most known art museum of Rotterdam. F.J.O. Boymans donated his art collection to the city of Rotterdam. The municipality of Rotterdam founded the Boymans museum in the Schielandshuis in 1849.
The art collections was growing and in 1928 was decided that to build a new museum. Also D.G. van Beuningen donated his art collection to the museum. That's why the museum got the name Museum Boymans Van Beuningen.
The museum houses a rich collection, grouped into four wings: Old Art, the collection of Prints and Drawings , the collection of Applied Arts and Design and the Modern Art wing.
The museum has paintings of famous the old masters as Rembrandt, Rubens,Titiaan, Van Eyk and Breughel in the Old Art wing, artworks of Dali, Magritte, Monet, Kadinsky, Cezanne, Delacroix in the Modern Art wing. In the collection of the Applied Arts and Design there re many objects and furniture from different periods.
10am till 5pm, at sundays from 11am till 5 pm
Address: Museumpark 18-20, 3015 CX Rotterdam
Directions: Metro: Eendrachtsplein
Tram: 5, 4
Phone: +31 104419400
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
Address: Museumpark 11, 3015 CB Rotterdam
Directions: Tram: line 5
Phone: +31 10 4363713
It doesn't surprise that Rotterdam, the city with the biggest harbour of the world, has a maritime museum. This Maritime Museum 'Prince Hendrik', originally founded in 1874, got its striking location at the northern end of the Leuvehaven in 1986.
In the modern building are several exhibitions showing all facets of shipping and navigation. The partly interactive museum is interesting for kids and adults. A part of the museum collection came from the Dutch Prince Hendrik (1820-1879).
The museum has also a outdoormuseum in the harbour, the Leuvehaven. Here you can see historical ships like the traditional ship 'De Buffel' of the 19th century, the oldest Dutch wooden sailing ship and lots of shipping utensiles at the quay.
Opening hours: 10am till 5pm, at sundays 11am till 5pm.
Address: Rotterdam, Leuvehaven 1
Directions: Metro: Churchillplein
Due to renovation and expansion activities, a reasonable part of the collection is not on show. However the collection of art regarding the 1750-1930 periode is open to the public.
New is the variety of paintings, sculptures and applied art. The highlight of the exhibition is the hall with impressionist work (a.o. five Monets and Degas' sculptures). The collection on dispaly also includes works by Breitner, Canaletto, Cezanne, Degas, van Dongen, van Gogh, Koekkoek, Kandinsky, Mondriaan Monet and Signac. Entrance is e6.
Address: Museumpark 18-20, 3015 CX Rotterdam
Directions: Near Eendrachtsplein metro station
The Maritime Museum exhibits as you could have guessed the maritime history of Rotterdam. This museum has beautiful expositions, photos, scalemodels, digital presentations and real ships in the harbour.
Address: Centre, Westblaak
Directions: Get off at Beurs/Churchillplein metro station