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The World Art Museum (Wereldmuseum in Dutch) owns an impressive collection of art from Africa, America, Oceania, Asia and the Islamic heritage. The building of the World Museum was used in the 19th century as a society of the Royal Yacht Club of Prince Henry of Holland. Traders and scientists of this yacht club traveled around the world and took home special objects from their journeys. Currently the World Museum collection holds over 200,000 artifacts!
The World Museum Rotterdam offers a permanent exhibition showing the 2000 best items within their collection. You can see masks and weapons from Africa, items from the American Indians, pottery and textile from the Andes and many fascinating objects from Tibet, China, Japan and Persia. The Oceania collection is one of the best and most complete collections of the world and includes the oldest shield of the Asmat people of South-Western New Guinea and the world's biggest Bisj Pole. A Bisj Pole is a carved wooden pole used by the Asmat people to depict ancestor figures. If you're interested in traveling and foreign cultures, the World Museum Rotterdam is your must see destination!
Besides the permanent exhibition the world museum organizes two large theme exhibitions every year. There have been themed exhibitions about Oceania, Samurai, Mango and Future Pass 3.0. The World Museum Rotterdam also organizes guided tours around the themes and also a free audio tour is available. The World Art Museum offers a museum shop as well, in which you can buy authentic artifacts, ornaments, clothing and jewelry.
The World Museum Rotterdam is not only worth a visit due their exhibitions but also for their excellent restaurant. At the World Museum you can have a stylish lunch or dinner overlooking the historic Veerhaven harbour in Rotterdam. The World Museum kitchen is Mediterranean / French and is one of the the best in Rotterdam. The lunch menu is available from €30 and it's a culinary tour de force. The restaurant of the World Museum in Rotterdam was awarded with a Michelin star in 2013 and is lead by Chef Wim Severein. Do make an advance reservation. If you're looking for a simple and cheaper bite, you can also visit their lunchroom during the World Museum opening hours.
Even if you're not into art, the World Museum Rotterdam is still worth a visit due to its fantastic riverside outdoor terrace in zen style.
|Tuesday||10:30 - 17:30|
|Wednesday||10:30 - 17:30|
|Thursday||10:30 - 17:30|
|Friday||10:30 - 17:30|
|Saturday||10:30 - 17:30|
|Sunday||10:30 - 17:30|
The World Museum is centrally located in the Maritime Quarter (Scheepvaartkwartier) at the Willemskade close to the Erasmus bridge and the Spido. From Rotterdam Central Station, get there by metro to Leuvehaven or tram 7 to Willemsplein.
If you come by car you can park your car in the Erasmus parking or at the streets but you will have to pay using a EC card or creditcard. Please check our page about parking in Rotterdam for more information.
" If a ritual mask is displayed from another culture, I'd like more information about the ritual. How is it used? What does it represent? Otherwise the exhibit is just aesthetic and not educational enough about other cultures."
" An absolute gem of a museum - we will never forget the Powermask exhibition. Wonderfully eccentric exhibits, well curated, good cafe, excellent gift shop. Worth a journey to Rotterdam in its own right."
" Great permanent exhibition, clever, creative and interesting temporary exhibitions and events."
" Plan about 2 hours for your visit. This is a relatively small museum, so it's feasible to really see everything! I would have liked to have more information on the exhibited pieces. There are little bookstands on display describing some of them, but for many I could not find anything. The special exhibition "Powermask" was very interesting, occupying a large space of the museum. It's got a more fun and modern atmosphere with some amusing background sounds. The rest of the museum definitely has a more hush-hush feel to it."
" Definitely following the less is more philosophy this great museum has a very nice, well presented collection. Simply one of the best I have seen this year. Be careful with your visit times though as it can get crowded. "
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