Rotterdam Travel Guide

Rotterdam Sights

Maritiem Museum Rotterdam

  • Leuvehaven 1 Map It
  • Witte de With
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 11/18/2015

Fodor's Review

A sea lover's delight, the Maritime Museum contains Rotterdam's noted nautical collection. Appropriately perched at the head of the Leuvehaven harbor, it was founded by Prince Hendrik in 1874. The seafaring ways of old Rotterdammers make more sense set against the background of modern and historical maritime objects. The main exhibit on the ground floor is a large model of the Europoort, which shows how the Rotterdam area has developed over the centuries into the major seaport of today. The upper floors are mainly given over to rotating exhibitions on seafaring themes. Children have half a floor dedicated to them, called "Professor Plons" (Professor Plunge), where museum staff are on hand to help with looking through a real periscope, donning a hard hat and taking to the driving seat of a scaled-down crane, and engaging in many other aquatic and maritime activities. Outside the museum, a dozen or so old tugs and barges are moored along Leuvehaven, and there's even a former lightship. The wharf is also home to a number of cranes salvaged from ports around the country, and these are particularly striking when floodlit at night.

Sight Information


Leuvehaven 1, Rotterdam, South Holland, 3016 DR, Netherlands

Map It



Sight Details:

  • €11.50
  • Closed Mon.

Published 11/18/2015


Book A Trip



  • CARS

What's Nearby

  • Restaurants
  • Sights
  • Hotels

See all sights in Rotterdam