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The 10 best museums in Rotterdam

10 July - 2019
by Vincent Moleveld


We already wrote about the 10 best museums in The Hague, now it's time for the 10 best museums in Rotterdam! Again no ranking, but just a list of ten great museums in Rotterdam. Well ... nine from Rotterdam and a bonus museum. One that in our eyes should not be missing from the list, but is technically not in Rotterdam. I am talking about the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam. If you used to ask: Rotterdam where do you put it? You always received as an answer, at Schiedam! How times can change. This is different nowadays. Rotterdam is hot and happening, but if you are curious about the Rotterdam of the past, I recommend you to visit the historic center of Schiedam. Then don't forget to visit the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam! Furthermore, there are of course also some interesting and especially nice museums for the little ones among us in this list.

Stedelijk Museum Schiedam

The Stedelijk Museum Schiedam profiles itself as a museum for modern and contemporary Dutch visual art. The large collection of artworks from the Cobra movement is an example of this. For example, a fantastic exhibition on kinetic art can now be seen until 17 June 2017.

Stedelijk Museum Schiedam

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is a museum for visual arts, located at the Museumpark in Rotterdam. The museum shows creations in the field of visual art, applied art and design. The collection of drawings is one of the most important in the world.

Boijmans Van Beuningen offers an overview of Dutch and European art, from the early Middle Ages to the 21st century. The paintings include 'The Little Tower of Babel' from 1563 by Bruegel, 'The Three Maria's' by Jan van Eyck, and 'Titus' by Rembrandt, but also 'Lippenbank' by Salvador Dalí. The institution belongs to the top of the Dutch art museums.

Pieter Brueghel de Oude, de toren van Babel
Pieter Brueghel the Elder, the tower of Babel

Kunsthal Rotterdam

The Kunsthal is an exhibition space without its own collection. In practical terms it is therefore not a museum. Instead, the Kunsthal organizes temporary exhibitions in the field of art and culture. Due to the large area, it is possible to have about five exhibitions at the same time. The museum therefore has around 25 different exhibitions per year.

The wide range of subjects is striking. The popular culture is also discussed extensively. In the past there have been exhibitions about art from North Korea, about surrealistic and luministic paintings and there are various retrospectives devoted to, for example, M.C. Escher, Isaac Israëls, Leonardo Da Vinci and Alberto Giacometti. But there were also photo exhibitions about French fries, Japanese train commuters, Feyenoord and the Playboy in the Netherlands.

De Kunsthal Rotterdam

De Kunsthal Rotterdam

Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum Rotterdam is a shipping and harbor museum in the center of Rotterdam. The basis for the collection of the Maritime Museum Rotterdam was laid in 1852 by Prince Hendrik (1820-1879) and now has more than 850,000 objects from six centuries of maritime history. The collection is of world fame and illustrates the Dutch maritime history from the prehistoric tree trunk canoe to the high-tech offshore world of today and thus shows the influence on our daily lives.

Maritiem Museum - Mataró model
Maritime Museum - Mataró model


Het Wereldmuseum in Rotterdam is een museum over culturen in het heden en het verleden. De collectie van kunst- en gebruiksvoorwerpen van culturen over de hele wereld groeide min of meer 'willekeurig' met voorwerpen die Nederlandse missionarissen, zeelieden, militairen en kooplieden als 'trofee' van over de hele wereld meenamen.

Nederlands Fotomuseum

The Nederlands Fotomuseum manages 129 archives of Dutch photographers in the most modern air-conditioned photo depots. Altogether three million negatives, slides and prints. The versatile collection covers all forms of photography: from albums to glass negatives, from autochromes to stereo photos, from daguerreotypes to influential Dutch photo projects.

The photo museum has a knowledge floor, where visitors can immerse themselves in photography with interactive installations, consult the museum library and participate in educational activities. In addition, the museum transfers knowledge through its own website and websites developed in collaboration with other photography institutions.

Nederlands Fotomuseum
Nederlands Fotomuseum

Dutch Pinball Museum

A museum where you can also actively participate? In addition to the many sights in the Dutch Pinball museum, you can also pinball your childhood memories or create new ones. With more than 70 pinball machines from the year 1900 to today, every generation encounters something from its own youth. Open every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 pm for the public where you can play pinball to your heart's content, wander around in the atmospheric ambiance or enjoy the beautiful view while enjoying, for example, a nice coffee.

Dutch Pinball Museum

Dutch Pinball Museum

Feyenoord Museum

Always wanted to take a look behind the scenes at Feyenoord and De Kuip? Then take a tour of the stadium! During a tour you will come to places that are not normally open to the public.

For example, you can visit the player tunnel and the dug-out. A visit to the Feyenoord Museum is included in the tour. The guides tell you the history of De Kuip and the real Feyenoord stories. Be swept away by the fascinating history of Feyenoord and Stadium Feijenoord.

Feyenoord museum

Tax & Customs Museum

In the museum you can learn how customs and the tax authorities were doing in the past and in the present. Among other things, people are told how people smuggle things. The differences in tax and customs authorities from the past and present are also explained. This is also explained with a film.

The museum is located on Parklaan in the Scheepvaartkwartier near the Veerhaven. It is located in two monumental houses that are owned by the State (Government Buildings Agency). We can't make it any nicer, but it is easier: link for more info.

Het Belasting & Douane Museum is een museum in Rotterdam.
Het Belasting & Douane Museum is een museum in Rotterdam.

Miniworld Rotterdam

Miniworld Rotterdam is the largest covered miniature world in the Netherlands with a provisional surface of 600 m2 in a scale of 1:87. The attraction was previously called Railz Miniworld. The name was changed on April 27, 2012. The attraction is located at the Weena in Rotterdam, within walking distance of Central Station. Miniworld Rotterdam was opened on March 30, 2007. An important part of this permanent exhibition of model railways is model railroading and a diversity of model construction, from detailed landscape construction to model building.

A striking aspect is that Miniworld Rotterdam has its own time. A day there is much shorter than in the rest of the world, namely only 24 minutes. Then it becomes night and thousands of lights sparkle in the dark. After four minutes you wake up there, after which everything starts moving again.

Miniworld Rotterdam