Design and architecture at Het Nieuwe Instituut

Between the Nieuwe Binnenweg and the Maas River is Rotterdam’s Museum quarter. Here you can find the three most important cultural locations of the city: Kunsthal, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen and Het Nieuwe Instituut.

Het Nieuwe Instituut was formally known as the NAi (Dutch Architecture institute). After the NAi was merged with Premsela and Virtueel Platform in 2013 it became Het Nieuwe Instituut. Since then this museum organises exhibitions, lectures and projects from the multidisciplinary vision of design, architecture and e-culture.


I always like visiting the exhibitions of Het Nieuwe Instituut because of its innovative perspective and surprising (okay, sometimes hard to understand) exhibitions. Next to the museum halls they also have a study center where you have access to a library full of information about architecture, design, interior, art and everything in between. They are the keeper of the National Archive for Dutch architecture and urban planning and in the bookshop they have the best collection of magazines and books on all that is design related.

Until the 8th of May het Nieuwe Instituut is a ‘ temporary fashion museum’ with several exhibitions, all with different takes on fashion.


A nice bonus with this weather is the lunchroom that has a terrace by the water where you can have a great lunch in the sun while watching the people pass by museum square.

You can find Het Nieuwe Instituut on Museumpark 25


(photo credits: all with my phone)

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