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  • 1. Maritiem Museum Rotterdam

    Witte de With | Museum/Gallery

    A sea lover's delight, the Maritime Museum contains Rotterdam's noted nautical collection. Appropriately perched at the head of the Leuvehaven...Read More

  • 2. Markthal

    Blaak | Market/Bazaar

    When Rotterdam's new indoor market opened in 2014, it instantly became the talk of the town. The giant archlike structure houses 228 apartments...Read More

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  • 3. Museum Boijmans van Beuningen

    Museumpark | Museum/Gallery

    Rotterdam's holiest shrine to art—with treasures ranging from Pieter Bruegel the Elder's 16th-century Tower of Babel to Mondrian's extraordinary...Read More

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  • 4. Chabot Museum

    Museumpark | Museum/Gallery

    This museum displays the private art collection of leading Dutch Expressionist painter and sculptor Henk Chabot, who was active between the...Read More

  • 5. Delfshaven

    Delfshaven | Museum/Gallery

    The last remaining nook of old Rotterdam is this old port area, reconstructed to appear just as it was when originally built—an open-air museum...Read More

  • 6. Euromast

    Delfshaven | Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    For a bird's-eye view of the contrast between Delfshaven and the majority of the city, as well as a spectacular panorama of city and harbor...Read More

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  • 7. Het Nieuwe Instituut

    Museumpark | Museum/Gallery

    Fittingly for a city of exciting modern architecture, Rotterdam is the home of the national architecture institute. The striking glass-and-metal...Read More

  • 8. Kunsthal

    Museumpark | Museum/Gallery

    This "art house" sits at one end of the visitor-friendly museum quarter and hosts major temporary exhibitions. There is no permanent collection...Read More

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  • 9. Museumpark

    Museumpark | Garden/Arboretum

    A project masterminded by Rem Koolhaas's Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in collaboration with French architect Yves Brunier, this...Read More

  • 10. Natuurhistorisch Museum

    Museumpark | Museum/Gallery

    Located in a historic villa-like structure with an enormous glass wing (echoing the hip Kunsthal next door), the Natural History Museum challenges...Read More

  • 11. Nederlands Fotomuseum

    Kop van Zuid | Museum/Gallery

    The Dutch Photography Museum has few permanent exhibits. Most of the museum is given over to changing exhibitions covering various aspects of...Read More

  • 12. Oudekerk/Pilgrimvaders Kerk

    Delfshaven | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    On July 22, 1620, 16 men, 11 women, and 19 children sailed from Delfshaven on the Speedwell. Their final destination was America, where they...Read More

  • 13. Sculpture Terrace

    Museumpark | Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

    Set along the grassy bank of the Westersingel canal, this outdoor venue exhibits sculptures of the past 100 years. Highlights include Rodin...Read More

  • 14. Sint Laurenskerk

    Sint Laurenskwartier | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built between 1449 and 1525, this church is juxtaposed against its modern surroundings. The main organ ranks as one of Europe's largest. Hendrick...Read More

  • 15. Stadhuis

    Centrum | Government Building

    At the top of the Coolsingel, this elegant 1920s building is the hallowed seat of the mayor of Rotterdam and is open for guided tours on weekdays...Read More

  • 16. TENT/Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art

    Witte de With | Museum/Gallery

    Two of Rotterdam's best contemporary art galleries share a common address; you can visit one or the other or both. They both have temporary...Read More

  • 17. Wereld Museum

    Scheepvaartkwartier | Museum/Gallery

    On a corner of rustic Veerhaven, surrounded by old sailing boats moored alongside modern yachts, this museum is devoted to non-Western cultures...Read More

  • 18. Museum de Dubbelde Palmboom

    Delfshaven | Museum/Gallery

    Devoted to the history of Rotterdam and its role as an international nexus, this museum traces the city's history from prehistoric times to...Read More

  • 19. Schielandshuis

    Centrum | Museum/Gallery

    Staunchly defending its position against the high-rise Robeco Tower and the giant Hollandse Banke Unie surrounding it, this palatial 17th-century...Read More

  • 20. VVV Archicenter

    Museumpark | Information Center

    Rotterdam's main information center is also a gallery containing many of the architectural projects that have graced Rotterdam in recent years...Read More

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