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The Maritime Museum Rotterdam merged with the Harbour Museum of Rotterdam, which was located next door. The Maritime Museum Rotterdam displays more than half a million nautical objects related to ships and travel such as ship models, paintings, atlases, ship charts and globes, shipbuilding blueprints, photos, films and videos, navigation instruments, nautical instruments, ship’s furnishings and personal documents and clothing.
A part of the Maritime Museum Rotterdam dates back to 1852, when the Model Room for the Royal Dutch Yachting Club was created. This Model Room was the basis for a public municipal museum created in 1874, which makes the Maritime Museum Rotterdam the oldest maritime museum of the Netherlands. The important collection of ship models spans seven centuries and contains a large part of the ship types which were used in the Netherlands for hundreds of years. One of the top pieces of the Maritime Museum Rotterdam is the Mataró that dates back to early 15th century and which is the oldest ship model in Western Europe.
The Maritime Museum Rotterdam displays a number of interesting themed exhibitions. These exhibitions change every now and then but some are semi- permanent. The most important exhibitions are currently 'Masterpieces' and the 'Offshore Experience' (from 8 years). 'Masterpieces' shows a selection of 25 of the best items from the museum collection. The Interactive Offshore Experience takes place on an oil rig and at the sea bottom. Officially equipped with yellow vests and a helmet you can discover all kinds of offshore jobs. As a marshaller you can guide a helicopter to the heli platform or you can navigate with a big ship. Really great for kids!
Kids between 4 and 10 years can step into the maritime world in a playful manner in the port of Professor Splash. Kids must help him and his friends Captain Cork, Sai-Ling, Mecha Mo and Float to prepare them for their trip around the world. They have to load and unload ships, get the fish nets, lift containers and cook a meal in the galley. On board of Professor Splash' futuristic ship, your kids will learn about the museum collection. The Maritime Museum Rotterdam also offers an outdoor rooftop harbour playground.
The Maritime Museum Rotterdam was also known of the 19th century naval ship 'De Buffel' that served the Royal Dutch Navy for many years. Unfortunately the museum doesn´t own the ship anymore, but it can still be visited in the city of Hellevoetsluis.
Besides the indoor collection, The Maritime Museum Rotterdam also displays many ships of the former Harbour Museum outside. At Leuvehaven you'll find historic ships as well as cranes, a tugboat, a lighthouse, a steam powered grain elevator and a locomotor.
A tour at huge open-air area of the Maritime Museum Rotterdam begins at the Verolme Pavilion, located at the Leuvehaven. Within this pavilion you can see many exhibits and movies about the port of Rotterdam in the past and present. Stroll through the historical Leuvehaven harbour surrounded by many historic ships. In July and August and on Sundays you can usually join a trip on one of the steam tugboats. There are regular demonstrations of old crafts organised at the warehouses of the Maritime Museum Rotterdam. Admission to the outdoor quays and landings of Leuvehaven is free, but for boarding the ships or attending a demonstration or a tour you need to purchase a ticket.
The historic shipyard Koningspoort is an auxiliary branch of the Maritime Museum Rotterdam, which is located at the beautiful Old Harbour of Rotterdam. At Koningspoort ship owners can restore their historic ships. If you can't get enough of the Port of Rotterdam you can combine your visit to the Maritime Museum Rotterdam with a Spido Harbour Tour, which departs near the Erasmus Bridge.
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The Leuvehaven is within walking distance from Coolsingel and Lijnbaan. From Rotterdam Central Station, get there by metro, Station Beurs.
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" The musem is nice but for children is really good."
" Very much geared towards children. Much smaller then expected as well. I don't remember ever being so disappointed with a museum. The Maritime museum in Amsterdam with all it's flaws is light years ahead of the one in Rotterdam and internationally it can't compete at all with the likes of Portsmouth or even Madrid. The collection of ships outside is interesting but not worth the trip."
" Amazing museum for children- interesting for adults too. The temporary exhibition "Ditch the Dutch" was an interesting look at an event in history I hadn't heard of before, well presented and even-handed. The "Offshore Experience" was incredible- high production values, very dramatic, amazing audio-visual installation, interesting games for ages 12 and up. The outdoor area (overlooking the old harbour) for children (2-15) is one of the best activity areas I have ever seen. Kids can load and unload "cargo" from barges, ships, and docks- using hand carts, wheel barrows, cranes etc. Our 3 year old got the concept immediately and got stuck straight in, playing with the other kids (up to teenagers) until we had to drag him away an hour or more later. The indoors activities are also excellent- children can pretend to fish, cook on an uneven deck, sit in a dinghy which turns and tacks sail with the wind, try on various souwesters and other clothes, crawl through underwater tunnels etc. It is part musuem, part soft play area- if they want to, kids can explore by themselves while parents get a coffee and read. The old harbour area (including beautiful lighthouse) is fascinating for all ages to explore. The cafe is excellent. Whole place is just a class act from start to finish. If I lived in Rotterdam I would be here almost every week. It's certainly worth the trip from Amsterdam, and I might come back to the city specifically to visit again."
" I had a lot of fun there 😃 Especially offshore experience I like the way they take it serious/real and provide that knowledge like the visitors were in that Situation. There are stations with different tasks. Outside we can also see ships, boats and crane. —->> recommended"
" Interesting museum .. has an outdoor area with ships .. an interactive area where they simulate an offshore experience with some minigames and a normal exhibition hall like most museums"
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