The best museums in Rotterdam in 2021

These are the top 20 best museums in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2021. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

For a complete overview of museums in Rotterdam, their exhibitions and discount cards & passes, see our overview page with all museums in Rotterdam.

These are the best museums in Rotterdam:

  1. Diergaarde Blijdorp1

    Diergaarde Blijdorp

    Rotterdam
    Diergaarde Blijdorp is one of the largest and oldest zoos in the Netherlands. It consists of several parts. The Oceanium is situated at the main entrance and contains many different fish. In addition, Diergaarde Blijdorp is divided into continents. It features the Arctic area, the North America area
  2. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen2

    Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

    Rotterdam
    A visit to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is a journey through the history of art. Dutch and European masterpieces provide a comprehensive survey of art from the early Middle Ages to the 21st century, from Bosch, Rembrandt and Van Gogh to Dalí and Dutch Design.
  3. Maritime Museum Rotterdam3

    Maritime Museum Rotterdam

    Rotterdam
    Maritime Museum Rotterdam is the oldest maritime museum in the Netherlands. The museum illustrates the Dutch maritime history and owns a collection of half a million objects that cover a period of more than five centuries. Important in the museum is the oldest ship model of Western Europe. Children
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  5. Kijk-kubus4

    Kijk-kubus

    Rotterdam
    The Kijk-kubus is the fully decorated museum house of the ‘Blaakse Bos’. The Kijk-Kubus is part of the cube houses that were built and designed by architect Piet Blom in the period 1982 – 1984. The interior illustrates how people live in these cube houses. Exhibition of models, photographs and multi
  6. Wereldmuseum Rotterdam5

    Wereldmuseum Rotterdam

    Rotterdam
    The Wereldmuseum Rotterdam is housed in the former clubhouse of the Royal Yacht Association from 1851. The collection consists of art objects and various other objects from cultures around the world. The permanent exhibition consists of some two thousand objects. Unique in the collection is a statue
  7. Trompenburg Tuinen & Arboretum6

    Trompenburg Tuinen & Arboretum

    Rotterdam
    Trompenburg Tuinen & Arboretum used to be one of the ‘buitenplaatsen’ in Cralingen. Now there are gardens with fountains, herbaceous borders, a desert greenhouse and an aviary. There are thousands of perennials and bulbs, and hundreds of trees and shrubs. The old part of the garden has an English la
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  9. Kunsthal Rotterdam7

    Kunsthal Rotterdam

    Rotterdam
    Kunsthal Rotterdam is housed in a modern building designed by Rem Koolhaas. It is an exhibition site of 3300 square metres. Kunstal Rotterdam does not have its own collection. For this reason, it organizes various exhibitions on art and culture. There are often several exhibitions simultaneously, al
  10. Mariniersmuseum8

    Mariniersmuseum

    Rotterdam
    The Mariniersmuseum illustrates the role of marines in the Netherlands over the centuries. The story of the Marine Corps starts in 1665, at the Battle of Chatham. Among other things, the museum covers that battle and the battle of East Java. In addition, the museum has exhibitions on drummers and pi
  11. Futureland9

    Futureland

    Rotterdam
    Futureland is located on the seawall of the Maasvlakte, overlooking the newly developed land. It is the information centre of the Second Maasvlakte where visitors get to know everything about the construction of a new port on an area of 1800 square metres, where waves, sand and wind play a major rol
  12. Belasting & Douane Museum10

    Belasting & Douane Museum

    Rotterdam
    The Belasting & Douane Museum is housed in two historic houses. It illustrates the history of tax and customs in the Netherlands. The diverse collection includes paintings, photographs, drawings, prints, uniforms, glassware, silver objects, games, smuggling objects and measuring and weighing instrum
  13. Museum Rotterdam11

    Museum Rotterdam

    Rotterdam
    Museum Rotterdam is a cultural history museum on the city of Rotterdam.
  14. Nederlands Fotomuseum12

    Nederlands Fotomuseum

    Rotterdam
    We safeguard the Netherlands’ current and future photographic heritage and make it relevant to today’s international context. In doing so, we exhibit photography that reflects the world we live in and share it with society in order to enrich people’s lives with visual stories that matter. We also br
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  16. St. Lawrence Church13

    St. Lawrence Church

    Rotterdam
    The St. Lawrence Church is the only remaining monument in Rotterdam from the Middle Ages. Concerts, festivals, fairs and exhibitions are organized in this late-Gothic church. In addition, church services can also still take place. Each year a new, varied program is created. The permanent exhibition
  17. Miniworld Rotterdam14

    Miniworld Rotterdam

    Rotterdam
  18. Het Nieuwe Instituut15

    Het Nieuwe Instituut

    Rotterdam
    The Nieuwe Instituut is a cultural institution dedicated to architecture and urbanism that manages the archives of the Dutch architectural history. The Nieuwe Instituut maps radical technological, cultural, economic and social changes and tries to make the themes more understandable and share it wit
  19. Sonneveld House16

    Sonneveld House

    Rotterdam
    Sonneveld House Museum, situated on the edge of Museumpark in Rotterdam, is one of the best-preserved homes built in the Dutch Functionalist style. It was designed in the 1930s by architecture office Brinkman and Van der Vlugt, renowned for the Van Nelle Factory and Feyenoord Stadium. They also work
  20. Natural History Museum Rotterdam17

    Natural History Museum Rotterdam

    Rotterdam
    The Natural History Museum Rotterdam is housed in Villa Dijkzigt, a monumental building from 1852. The museum organizes exhibitions on (urban) nature and natural history. The permanent collection includes mammals, birds, insects, plants and shells mainly from the region, but also partly from differe
  21. Chabot Museum18

    Chabot Museum

    Rotterdam
    The Chabot Museum is housed in a monumental white villa from 1938. The museum is dedicated to the Dutch expressionist painter and sculptor Hendrik Chabot (1894-1949). The collection consists of paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints. Stylistically, his work compares to work of Dutch expressionis
  22. Villa Zebra19

    Villa Zebra

    Rotterdam
    Villa Zebra focuses on children of three to twelve years old. With interactive exhibitions and workshops with visual arts, the museum seeks to teach children about the artworks and the topic of the exhibition. Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and in some holidays, the museum organizes workshops, where
  23. Museum Stoomdepot20

    Museum Stoomdepot

    Rotterdam

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