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Window on the port of Rotterdam

1 June 2020 till 30 September 2020


Meet shipping company ‘Spido’ in the exhibition ‘Window on the port’. This icon of Rotterdam, which started as a shuttle service for sailors, has been offering its passengers a window on the ever-changing port of Rotterdam for already 100 years.

Travel through time
In the exhibition you literally look through the windows of the ever-changing port of Rotterdam. You travel from the twenties to the period of reconstruction and via the ‘hip’ sixties to the future. Discover stories based on historical and modern film material, ships models, furniture items, clothing, photos and other unique objects from both the Spido and Maritime Museum collections. Meet colourful characters like captain Ferwerda who has been sailing with Spido for 45 years and Selma Droogleever who, like her mother and grandmother before her, photographed thousands of passengers on the gangway to the ship.

Feast of recognition
For some, the exhibition will be a feast of recognition, for others a look behind the scenes of a Rotterdam icon that has managed to change its course over the last century to adapt to new circumstances and the changing needs of passengers.


Maritime Museum Rotterdam

The Rotterdam Maritime Museum brings the seafaring world of the past, present and the future to life. As well as its permanent collection, there are special exhibitions, events and guided tours on offer. The history of the Netherlands is covered with special attention being paid to the role of Rotterdam as a world port. The building is situated in the Netherlands’ oldest and largest open-air harbour museum and historic ships and cranes allow you to experience how Rotterdam’s world ...

Periodic opening times

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

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