Maritime Museum Rotterdam Posted by heather on Jan 19, 2012 in Uncategorized
“Situated in the bustling heart of Rotterdam, the Maritime Museum Rotterdam is one of the world’s top maritime museums. It was founded in 1874 and is the oldest maritime museum in the Netherlands.” – Maritime Museum Rotterdam website
The Maritime Museum is located in the city centre of Rotterdam, about half way between Central Station and the Erasmusbrug. It is a large building, which apart from the ships behind it (only one of which is actually part of the museum) looks rather plain from the outside. Once inside, you get your ticket, hang-up your coat and head off to explore.
The first stop is the Feel the Rhythm of Rotterdam Port exhibition. In this large room, there is a miniature version of Rotterdam harbour, which lights up. On large screens you see old images of the city and the harbour, all whilst a soundtrack of ship building noises is played. Up one floor and looking in on the exhibition is a row of computers where you can pick your destination and time period by touching the computer screen.
From here you can head upstairs where the more temporary exhibitions are held. These change quite regularly so it is always best to check the website for full details. One of the exhibits when I visited last was called Animals On Board, where you could learn about the animals that were transported between countries, how and why.
However, the best bit in my opinion, of the whole museum is the free entry onto one of the former naval ships dating back from 1868, known as De Buffel (The Buffalo). The ship itself isn’t huge but it does have several levels that you are able to explore. The ship is filled with information (in several languages), has loads of hands on activities and all the areas are kitted out with replica furnishings, realistic sounds and even some costumed mannequins.
All-in-all the Maritime Museum Rotterdam is an interesting museum to visit. Access to the Buffel is via your museum ticket so don’t forget to pick it up at the entrance.
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