Natural History Museum, Show all 12 places in Rotterdam » Rotterdam12
- Westzeedijk 345, 3015 AA Rotterdam, Netherlands
- Working hours*:
Tues to Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
€ 4-children 5 to 15 years, 65+, students, groups > 10 people
Free-children up to 4 years
- * - opening and closing times as well as entrance prices, are subject to alterations without notice. Visitors are advised to check before visiting.
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The history of the museum dates back to 1927 when its entire collection was housed on the top floor of a girls' school. He then moved to a charming villa opposite the Boijmans-van Beuningen Museum, and in the 70s of the XX century was located on the territory of the zoo. In 1985, the question arose of finding a separate building for the expanded collection. But it was only in 1988 that the doors of the museum were opened, which found its home in the Dakezicht villa of the mid-19th century - the former residence of the influential Hoboken family.
Permanent exhibitions can be visited in the museum. For example, the exhibition "Dead Animals with a History" shows what happens when people and animals collide with each other. Here you will see a seagull or a mouse hit by an ambulance and caught in a mousetrap.
But not all exhibits have such a sad history. There is the skeleton of the Asian elephant Ramon, who spent his last days in the Rotterdam Zoo, as well as an extensive collection called Biodiversity.
In total, the collection of the museum has more than 390 thousand exhibits. It began even before the museum was opened - back in 1859 when the old Rotterdam Zoo acquired the collections of East Indian shells and Holland birds. Most of the exhibits are insects and molluscs, and only 5% are animal skeletons.
The museum program includes an interesting quest for adults learning Dutch. It lasts from 60 to 90 minutes and allows you to learn new vocabulary related to the topics of the exhibitions. I advise you to go here with the children. The museum, of course, does not claim to compete with the Darwin Museum in Moscow, but kids and adults will be satisfied.
How to get there
By walk: walk from the central station will take 20 minutes.
From the central station you can take trams: No. 7 (in the direction of Willemsplein) to the Westplein stop, No. 8 (in the direction of Spangen) to the Kievitslaan stop, No. 20 (in the direction of Lombardijen) / No. 23 (in the direction of Beverwaard) / No. 25 (in the direction of Carnisselande) - stop Leuvehaven.
By metro: to the Eendrachtsplein or Leuvehaven stop (lines A, B, C).