Museum Rotterdam



Women of Rotterdam




Museum Rotterdam, Rodezand 26, Rotterdam


entrance fee adults: €7,50 p.p.
entrance fee kids, age 4 to 17: €2,50 p.p.
free entrance for kids till age 4

Because of renovations in the museum (location Timmerhuis) you can visit the museum from August 29 to November 3 2017 at a reduced rate:
entrance fee adults: € 5.00 p.p.
entrance fee kids, age 4 to 17: € 1.00 p.p.

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Opening hours

opening hours Tuesdays to Saterdays, 10 am till 5 pm
Sundays, 11 am till 5 pm

closed on Mondays 

Show hours for holidays

Vrouwen Van Rotterdam Pers
Bron: Historische collectie politie-eenheid Rotterdam

The rebuilding of Rotterdam is often cast as a heroic period, in which strategising, men, buildings and builders feature heavily. But what role did women play in this story of our city?

It is precisely during this time that the position of women changed significantly. Whereas housewives had no legal capacity at the start of the reconstruction, a generation of women protesters had arisen by the 1960s and 1970s. Each and every one of them participated in the efforts to rebuild the city in her own way.

Visual 3
Bron: Ary Groeneveld / Stadsarchief Rotterdam

A number of women from the city of Rotterdam have contributed to this exhibition. Here are their stories for you to explore, while they pass by in garments typical of their time, with the reconstruction providing the backdrop. Together with photographs and items from the extensive collection at Museum Rotterdam, authentic portraits of “ordinary women” emerge.

Famous women, in their capacity as role models in a time of widespread change, are also featured. To conclude this exhibition, we offer video portraits of women who make their mark on Rotterdam as we know it today.

Our tribute to women will continue to move with the times. The exhibition will be expanded with stories, items and advice from the women of those days as well as portraits of our young women of today.  

This exhibition has been organised in a collaborative effort between Museum Rotterdam and Zonta Club Rotterdam.