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.
Museum Rotterdam, Rodezand 26, Rotterdam
Entrance fee adults: € 9,-p.p.
Entrance fee kids up to 17: free
Entrance fee studentcard, CJP and group rate, minimum 15 persons: € 4,50 p.p.
Museumkaart, Rotterdampas, Friends of Museum Rotterdam, BankGiro Loterij VIP PASS, ICOM : free entrance
Your ticket for our location Timmerhuis is also valid on the same day for our location Coolhaven
Museum Rotterdam is free on the first Saturday of each month
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
Do you want to visit the museum with a group? Please contact: email@example.com
Adjusted opening hours due to holidays:
5th of December 10:00 - 16:00
24th of December 10:00 - 16:00
31th of December 10:00 - 16:00
Closed on January 1st, 3th of April (due to an opening of an exhibition) 27th of April (Kingsday) and 25th of December
Other holidays open from 11 am to 5 pm
Open from 11 am to 5 pm on Easter Monday, Whit Monday and Boxing Day
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