The museum harbor of the Maritime Museum is the oldest and largest museum harbor in the Netherlands. This is where the port of Rotterdam began, which in recent centuries has grown to become the largest in Europe. Now high-rise architecture and the maritime history of the port city are literally next to each other. Our staff and volunteers love to share our sailing heritage and the special history of this place and the port with you.

Discover the history of the port of Rotterdam

Discover our historic vessels and cranes in the Maritime Museum Harbour. They are still in working order. Smell the dieselfumes, experience the cramped working conditions, feel the wind through your hair and feel the swell of the Maas beneath. It all takes you back in time to the beginning of the 20th century, when the port of Rotterdam was still in the centre of the city.

Various ships and cranes are open every day from beginning of April till the end of October. Ask about the boat trips on historic vessels that we organise during the summer months to the port of Rotterdam. Or join our waterbus for a boat tour through the city harbours.

Our museum ships and cranes are closed from 28 October to 10 April 2020 but the jetty, quay, lighthouse remain accessible. 

Maritime District

The Maritime Museum and our harbour are situated in the heart of the upcoming Maritime District.