Museum café: Het Lage Licht

Our brand-new museum café 'Het Lage Licht’ (the low light in Dutch) will be opening its doors on Saturday, 22 February. The café is named after the red lighthouse in the museum harbour, which you can see from the café. Het Lage Licht café is a genuine home port, where you can drop anchor for a while with a cup of coffee and freshly baked apple pie, or for lunch or a drink.

The café has a fresh, maritime image and a contemporary interior. There are objects from our collection in the new café as well. A central display case, for instance, contains a model ship of no less than 2.5 metres long of the Nieuw Amsterdam, a former flagship of the Holland America Line. You can admire model ships behind the bar as well, for example an English lightship, a boatman’s boat, a ship made of cloves, and the prototype of a freighter that was intended to be nuclear powered.

Local and sustainable

Our kitchen is plain sailing too. As many dishes as possible are made using locally sourced and sustainable products. Our cappuccino comes from the fair-trade brand Peeze and the fish snacks on the menu are from Wild-catch, a company that is combating food waste by only fishing in the North Sea. Our beer is from the Rotterdam brewery Kaapse Brouwers and the cheese is Rotterdamsche Oude. Even the bread, which is served with the soups and salads or can be ordered as a sandwich, is unusual. It’s a natural sourdough bread from Zeeland, prepared using purified seawater from the Oosterschelde National Park. It is also baked fresh every day in the local Bakkerswerkplaats, where talented people work, who cannot make their way in a normal working environment.

Het Lage Licht lighthouse

'Het Lage Licht' café is named after the lighthouse in the Maritime Museum Harbour. From the end of the nineteenth century, lighthouse Lage Licht stood in Hook of Holland – together with another called the Hoge Licht (‘high light’) – guiding ships safely into the port of Rotterdam. The Lage Licht was decommissioned in 1967 and got its current spot in the museum’s harbour in the nineties.

Het Lage Licht lighthouse