The 5 most special museums Rotterdam


Jacob Catsstraat 23
+31 (0)6 429 234 58

Travel back in time and see what it was like to live in Rotterdam in the early 20th century when people still slept in a cupboard bed and kept a canary to warn them about carbon dioxide poisoning by the coal stove. A second house transports you into the bright and optimistic fifties and sixties. Visit on Wednesday afternoons or make an appointment. The entrance is free and the guided tour is really interesting.


Veerlaan 19-K
+31 (0)6 214 64 697

The purchase of one pinball machine soon led to another, and another and another. Now, the pinball museum fills a warehouse with over 60 pinball machines, from rare antiques to modern ones and even one designed by the owner. You pay for play time. Open on the weekend.


Parklaan 14-16
Centre West ➀
+31 (0)88 151 49 00

You’re never too old to learn about taxes. This museum will show you everything there is to know about this not so fun albeit essential part of our life. The museum has a surprisingly extensive collection, from uniforms and costumes, to measuring instruments, smuggle ware, silver, glass and a modern art collection. Children can be customs officers and learn about smuggling.


Jongkindstraat 12
Centre West ➀
+31 (0)10 440 12 00

This villa near Rotterdam’s Museumpark is one of the best-preserved homes built in the Dutch Functionalist style. It was designed for the Sonneveld family in the 1930s by Brinkman and Van der Vlugt, of the Van Nelle Factory and Feyenoord Stadium. The house is filled with Gispen furniture and shows how a prominent Rotterdam family
lived in the modernist age.


Rodezand 26
Centre East
+31 (0)10 217 67 50

Follow the stories of five inhabitants, learn more about Rotterdam’s famous hands-on mentality and browse through sea containers full of age-old artefacts. The city museum is located in the new Timmerhuis, which was designed by OMA, Rem Koolhaas’s studio. Don’t forget to visit the permanent exhibition ’40- ’45 Now (location Coolhaven 375) to learn about the 1940 bombardment and its aftermath.

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