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Private Rotterdam Architecture Walking Tour
"Meet your guide at Rotterdam Central Station from where your private 3-hour architecture walking tour will start. See the architectural sights of Rotterdam in 3 hours with a private guide. Pass by sights such as Rotterdam's Cube Houses Markthal City Hall Kunsthal Erasmus Bridge and many more. In total you will walk past about 40 architectural sights with your private guide! Learn about these from your personal guide and listen to stories about their creation and the meaning behind the architecture of this unique such as City Hall. Enjoy a relaxing break and a refreshing beverage at a central Rotterdam location after 1.5 hours into the tour. Continue touring Rotterdam after your 30-minute break and enjoy the second half of your architecture walk refreshed your tour will end in central Rotterdam.Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required."
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Skip the Line: Rotterdam and Holland Pass
"Pick up your Rotterdam and Holland Pass from Rotterdam Central Station Amsterdam Schiphol Airport or various Travelex branches throughout the Netherlands. Then choose from more than 60 museums and attractions in Rotterdam and its neighboring cities for free skip-the-line entry (see the Itinerary for a full list). Valid for one month your pass gives you your choice of two four or six entrance tickets divided into gold silver and transport tickets. Each attraction accepts a certain type of ticket in exchange for entrance. Simply show your pass to the attendant and you can bypass the queue
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Private Tour: Rotterdam Walking Tour Including Harbor Cruise
"Your walking tour departs from central Rotterdam at your chosen time. As this is a private tour the exact itinerary can be tailored to your interests; simply notify your guide which sights you'd like to see.Start with a visit to one of the most fascinating architectural projects of post-war Rotterdam the Cubic Houses built by renowned architect Piet Blom. Hear about Blom’s imaginative approach and designs as you step inside these unique high-density housing cubes which are tilted on hexagonal poles. It will change your perspective on modern architecture — literally!From here walk to the Old Harbor (Oude Haven) Rotterdam’s historic harbor whose oldest parts date back to the 14th century. Now a busy waterfront offering a number of fine restaurants and cafés
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Nederlands fotomuseum

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.

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Oct 23, 2004

The Kunsthal

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.

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Oct 23, 2004

Natuurmuseum

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.

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Oct 23, 2004

Kunsthal

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.

Opening hours:
tue wed thu fri sat 10am till 5pm
sun 11am till 5 pm

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Jul 30, 2006
 
 
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The Dutch Photo Museum

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.

Opening hours:
11am till 5pm, closed at mondays.

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Dec 25, 2007

NAi

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.

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Oct 16, 2003

Dutch Architecture Institute

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.

Opening hours:
tue, wed, thu, fri, sat: 10am till 5pm
sun: 11am till 5 pm

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Jul 30, 2006

World Art Museum

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

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Het Schielandshuis


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

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May 19, 2004

Nature Museum

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.

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Jul 30, 2006

Museum Boymans van Beuningen

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.

Opening hours:
10am till 5pm, at sundays from 11am till 5 pm

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Jul 30, 2006

Chabot Museum

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.

Opening hours:
tue,wed, thu, fri 11am till 4.30 pm
sat 11am till 5pm
sun 12am till 5pm

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