Museum Rotterdam


  Campagnebeeld 750 Jaar Rotte | dam Martin Valkhoff

750 years Rotte | dam

Back in the early ‘90s, Rotterdam archaeologists investigated the dam Rotterdam owes its name to. Deep below the surface, at the construction site of the Willemsspoortunnel, they make a sensational discovery: a complete boat underneath the dam! The punter-like vessel had been used to close the last part of the dam. The wood the boat was made from also revealed when the dam was built: around the year 1270. This little ship, which made the founding of our city possible 750 years ago, is now on display for the first time in Museum Rotterdam.

The boat is a sensational Rotterdam relic: the punter is - almost literally - the foundation of our world port city. The first Rotterdammers built their houses on the dam in the Rotte. In addition to the original punter, the exhibition shows the age-old bond between Rotterdam, shipping and water management. From the ingenious drainage sluices in the medieval dam to the latest rain radar and smart roofs.

This exhibition was made possible in collaboration with Archaeology Rotterdam (BOOR) and shows until 21th of March 2021.



Location Timmerhuis

Museum Rotterdam, Rodezand 26, Rotterdam


Entrance fee adults: € 9,-p.p.
Entrance fee kids up to 17: free

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Opening hours


Both locations will be open for public from Thursday 19 November


Due to the tightening of the corona measures, it is mandatory to reserve a time slot and we apply the following rules:

There must be 1,5 meters between visitors and staff at all times

A maximum of 60 people may be in the museum at the same time

Wearing a non-medical mouth mask is mandatory, this applies to visitors from the age of 13. Masks are available at the museum desk

It is only possible to pay with pin or credit card

Reservations for a visit to the Timmerhuis are possible until 30 November

Reservations can be made by e-mail stating time slot and location (Timmerhuis or Coolhaven) via: or by telephone +31 10 2176767. The reservation is valid after a confirmation

Time slots Tuesdays to Saturdays:
10 am to 1 pm
2 pm to 5 pm

Time slots Sunday:
11 am to 1:30 pm
2 pm to 5 pm

Open on Mondays during school holidays from 10 am till 5 pm
Outside school holidays the museum is closed on Mondays (schools can visit by appointment)

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