Fodor's Expert Review Natuurhistorisch Museum

Rotterdam 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 its visitors with skeletal glimpses of creatures you'll find hard to identify. On entering the foyer, you find yourself face-to-face with a scary, hairy mounted gorilla. But it doesn't stop there: in one room the skeleton of a giraffe stretches as far up as you can crane your own neck; continue on to be met by a tiger, then arching elephant tusks. There is an "ironic" re-creation of a trophy hunter's display, with turtles mounted on a wall, arranged according to size. In another area, the skulls of a human, a cow, an anteater, a lion, a zebra, and a pig are gathered around a dinner table—before each a plate laden with their respective dining preferences. Children, meanwhile, are drawn to the 40-foot-long skeleton of a sperm whale.

Museum/Gallery Family

Quick Facts

Westzeedijk 345
Rotterdam, South Holland  3015 AA, Netherlands

010-436–4222

www.hetnatuurhistorisch.nl

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: €7, Closed Mon.

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