So many things to do and so little time! To make the most out of your stay and discover the best of Rotterdam, we have put together a list of 'must-see' museums.
MUSEUM BOIJMANS VAN BEUNINGEN
Wandering through this many-sided museum you will journey through the history of art, from the Middle Ages until the present day: works by artists such as Bosch and Rubens, top works such as Bruegel's Tower of Babel and Rembrandt's Titus. You can also see the genesis of Impressionism and Modernism, with works by Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and many others. Through works by Andy Warhol amongst others, you will experience the diversity of modern art.
The Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI)
The Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) is more than a museum of architecture. It is a above all a cultural institute which is open to the public and which uses a variety of methods for communicating about the shaping of human space.
The NAI has one of the largest architecture collections in the world; eighteen kilometers of shelves containing drawings, sketches, models, photographs, books, journals and other materials.
MARITIEM MUSEUM ROTTERDAM
From a modest model room in 1874, the Maritime Museum has grown and developed into a museum of stature, with contemporary exhibitions for both young and old. Hop on board the museum ship 'the Buffel' and discover everything about the lives of sailors or reminisce on the permanent exhibitions of the 'Holland-America Line' or the 'Schatten van Nedlloyd', showing magnificent objects from the offices of the world famous shipping company.
An exhibition hall that houses some 25 expositions annually. The Kunsthal displays culture in the broadest sense of the word: traditional art, new art, design, photography, from elitist to popular. The Kunsthal often experiments with themes that have never been used for an exhibition before. This approach produces a fascinating and widely varied repertoire. Its permanent collection consists of a repertoire highlighting master-forger Han van Meegeren, Leonardo da Vinci, the Hague School of painters, Jewels of the Orient, Pop-art and impressionism. In total, the Kunsthal has 3300 m2 of exhibition space in a striking building, designed by Rem Koolhaas and a true work of art all on its own.
This museum, founded in 1927, has a rich history of evolving and moving. From an attic above a girls' school the fast growing collection of birds, animals, insects, shelves, fossils and other natural curiosities finally reached her present housing, the beautiful Villa Dijkzigt in the Musempark.
The Nederlands Fotomuseum manages the archives of around 125 Dutch photographers. To an important extent their work represents the history of Dutch photography.
The collection included photographs of various 20th century subjects, such as the Second World War, the disastrous floods of 1953, the decolonization of Indonesia and The Beatles. There are also photographs of Rotterdam, the harbors, almost every other place in the Netherlands and many foreign travels.