“Rotterdamse havenschatten” captures a part of the Maritime Museum’s depot, which is a true treasure trove. During the past century and a half, thousands of models, paintings, prints, photos and utensils have been given a place there. In many cases they have a link with the port of Rotterdam. Together, these museum pieces tell the story of the city of Rotterdam. Part of them is now on display in book form on the occasion of our exhibition ‘De Haven‘ (The Port).
For this book we turned our depot upside down to show some of its treasures in a unique way. Learn about the stories they tell and enjoy the beautiful imagery.
Exhibition – The Port
Dive into the story of the port at Rotterdam with the dozens of model ships in our collection! Some of these unique models have not been on display for decades and they have been restored especially for this exhibition.
Rotterdam is the archetypical port city. Where better to dive into the story of this iconic place than the Maritime Museum, located at the very point where Europe’s biggest seaport once began? You can wander around for ages, discovering the moments that made the port a place where everything has been big, bigger and biggest!
Our collection, which covers six centuries of maritime history and which aficionados say is one of the world’s best, has the starring role in ‘The Port’. There are over seventy models of ships, cranes and dredgers for you to admire, as well as over a hundred paintings and photos. These objects give a wonderful picture of how the port of Rotterdam developed. How did the invention of the container change everything there? And what was the tragic fate of the first Dutch ocean steamer? Learn it here!
The exhibition “The Port” is on view until 6 March, 2022.