Museum Rotterdam is about the city and its people. It presents Rotterdam as it was, is, and will be. Since 2016, Museum Rotterdam’s home has been the Timmerhuis, a spectacular transparent cloud of glass designed by Rem Koolhaas just behind City Hall. Three exhibitions tell the story of the city in the pieces of the Museum collection as well as the words of the city’s own people.
The first, Rotterdammers en hun stad (‘The people of Rotterdam and their city’), focuses on the people behind Rotterdam’s iconic skyline. In it, the everyday people of Rotterdam and their extraordinary passions are literally put on a pedestal. They put their Rotterdam on the map and show what’s going on in their environment. In this section of the museum, visitors can also share the story of their own Rotterdam.
In Geschiedenis van de stad (‘History of the city’), sea containers packed with heritage take the visitor through Rotterdam’s rich past, from settlement on the Rotte to major city destroyed by bombardment to the modern architectural wonder it is today.
The third exhibit, De nieuwe stad (‘The new city’), ties in with the reconstruction event Rotterdam viert de stad! (‘Rotterdam celebrates the city!’), featuring a vast vintage model of the dream city the urban planners envisioned at the start of the reconstruction. The City Lab (until 18 May 2017) considers the value of the legacy of the reconstruction and gives visitors an opportunity to give their input on the Rotterdam of the future.
The exhibit Museum Rotterdam ’40-’45 NU, in the Museum Rotterdam dependency on Coolhaven, presents a special look at Rotterdam during the Second World War.
Museum Rotterdam is just a few minutes’ walk from metro (lines D and E) and tram (lines 21, 23 and 24) stop Stadhuis. Museum Rotterdam ’40-’45 NU is just across from the metro station Coolhaven (lines A, B and C). Museum Rotterdam welcomes groups of up to 20.