Dive into the story of the port at Rotterdam with the dozens of model ships in our collection! Some of these unique models have not been on display for decades and they have been especially restored for this exhibition.

Rotterdam is the archetypical port city. Where better to dive into the story of this iconic place than the Maritime Museum, located at the very point where Europe’s biggest seaport once began? You can wander around for ages, discovering the moments that made the port a place where everything has been big, bigger and biggest!

The collection is the star

Our collection, which covers six centuries of maritime history and which aficionados say is one of the world’s best, has the starring role in ‘The Port’. There are over seventy models of ships, cranes and dredgers for you to admire, as well as over a hundred paintings and photos. These objects give a wonderful picture of how the port of Rotterdam developed. How did the invention of the container change everything there? And what was the tragic fate of the first Dutch ocean steamer?

The Port can be seen until 6 March 2022.