Professor Splash's adventure in the port
In the brand-new activity exhibit 'Professor Splash', children aged from 4 to 10 can join in exciting adventures in the wonderful port world of Professor Splash and his friends Captain Cork, Sai-Lng, Mecha Mo and the rescue dog Dipper.
MainPort Live – Feel the Rhythm of Rotterdam Port!
Rotterdam is a world famous port city. But what can you see of this grandeur in the centre of the city? The old inland ports now have another purpose, as large ships no longer go up the river. The hustle and bustle of the active port is now farther and farther from the city. The exhibition MainPort Live brings the world class port back to the heart of Rotterdam!
Light, sound and action will make you experience the world’s largest port in miniature. You can watch the ships ‘real-time’ and explore the history of the port of Rotterdam with the tima navigator in the control room.
Mataró model - Oldest shipmodel gives up secrets
Impressions of Dutch maritime history
Michiel de Ruyter: naval hero or pirate? The Golden Age: when was that exactly? And the Vikings: did they come from Scandinavia or from Normandy? Discover how the maritime history of the Netherlands really unfolded in an exhibition that can be read like a history book. From the tree trunk canoe of prehistory to the Delta Works. This oeuvre exhibition at the Maritime Museum Rotterdam shows how shipping laid the foundation of our Dutch culture, richly illustrated by the gems from the museum’s centuries-old collection.
Steady as she goes! Sailing by Mercator’s map
How do you find your way on the open sea? You can forget about it if you do not have a proper map of the world. However, making such a map is a quite complex process. Try creating a good representation of a spherical shape like the Earth on a flat world map. The solution found by the 16th century cartographer Mercator became world-famous because sailors were able to plot their courses on nautical charts using a straight line for the first time. Discover everything about navigation at sea – both with and without Mercator’s map - at the family exhibition ‘Steady as she goes!’ Historical maps, distorting mirrors and film clips will help you, but you will also be working with globes, binoculars, compasses, the stars and modern navigation equipment such as satellites and GPS. The only remaining copy of Mercator’s world map in atlas format and his recently restored globe can also be admired at the exhibition.
Pirates are inextricably linked with our maritime history. They have been feared opponents on the seas since the time of Julius Caesar. Even nowadays they are still a threat to shipping, and today's pirates are particularly violent. A very different picture of pirates is often painted in Hollywood movies, in books and on TV: the pirate as an action hero. Captain Hook, Long John Silver and Jack Sparrow are evocative images. The 'Real Pirates' exhibition plunges the visitor into the world of piracy, where young and old alike can discover that there is still a great deal to learn about genuine pirates.
The Maritime Museum Rotterdam has been collecting model ships since the day it opened in 1874. We now have more than fifteen hundred models. The collection is one of the best in the world. The collection spans seven centuries and contains a large part of the ship types which are used for hundreds of years in the Netherlands: from ornamental models for the director's office to towing tank models for testing.
The exhibition 'Topmodels' displays a selection which represents the pinnacle of model making. They are chosen for the story they tell, their unique design or their outstanding style of construction.
What would it be like to stay on such an impressively tall ship, with twelve passenger decks and a tropical swimming paradise and tennis court on board? You can experience what it is like to go on a holiday on a cruise liner like that at the 'Sea castles. On holiday with a cruise ship' exhibition. You can relax in a deckchair by the swimming pool just like a real passenger, sit at the captain's table for dinner and find out everything about cruise travel. Think of the 10.000 suitcases that go on board, the trick of folding bath towels into swans, and the special cruise money that was used for payments on board in old days. Unusual objects from the Rotterdam Maritime Museum's collection illustrate the historical development, such as unique photographs of the departure, with a brass band and streamers, splendidly illustrated posters and original costumes of the Black Seahorse theatrical company.