Het Nieuwe Instituut, the national institute for architecture, design and digital culture, is in Museumpark, next door to Kunsthal Rotterdam and Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen. Het Nieuwe Instituut has several exhibition spaces, a museum shop, a museum café, a study room and library, an auditorium, educational spaces and a garden.
Thursday Night Live!
Het Nieuwe Instituut is concerned with major developments in society, such as the shortage in the housing market, energy transition, the rise of artificial intelligence, mobility and the use of public space. Designers, including architects and digital creators, can make an important contribution to these developments. Het Nieuwe Instituut shows the work of designers, connects people, collects, develops and shares knowledge. Thursday Night Live! is held on 30 Thursday nights a year, with several programmes taking place simultaneously.
In the foyer, NAi Booksellers sells quality books on architecture, urban planning, design and art.
The Nieuwe Café, with its sunny terrace, is the perfect spot to enjoy a cup of coffee or a drink. Het Nieuwe Instituut is housed in a distinctive building designed by architect Jo Coenen. It is in Museumpark, in the centre of Rotterdam.
Visitors of all ages can experience what it is like to look at the world around them as a designer at Het Nieuwe Instituut. They will realise that everything around them is designed and that they, in the role of designer, can contribute to this. The programme teaches them to look at the world in different ways and encourages a creative and entrepreneurial attitude. There are discounts available for groups of 15 people or more. Groups can go on a guided tour with musicians, dancers or art teachers, who take you on a tour from their point of view.
The admission ticket is also valid at the neighbouring Sonneveld House.
Het Nieuwe Instituut is easily accessible by public transport: by metro and tram 4, 7, 8, 20, 23 and 25 (stop Eendrachtsplein). From Rotterdam Central Station, it is about a 15-minute walk. Museumpark car park is opposite the building.