Downtown harbor history museum, free of charge

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Ships, cranes, a lighthouse and a grain elevator, Havenmuseum Rotterdam exhibits an impressive collection of port-related objects.

Rotterdam Leuvenhaven silhouette

Historical ships and tools collection

In Europe’s largest harbor city a real dedicated museum is inevitable. That’s why in 2002 the Havenmuseum was founded by merging a foundation for old inland ships conservation (SOB) and the Maritiem museum. Since the late sixties of the last century, SOB organized moorings to owners of historic ships, while the Maritiem museum slowly expanded its collection of historical vessels.

The result of the merger is a stunning collection of historic ships, shipbuilding tools, storage resources and more. Location: Leuvehaven, right in the centre of Rotterdam City.

Last operating grain elevator on steam

This harbor history museum at the Leuvehaven is a perfect place to stroll for a few hours. This exclusive collection tells a lot about marine life of the last two centuries. Besides several sailing ships and tugs, the museum also features a lighthouse, a locomotor, various port cranes and a grain elevator on steam. This grain elevator is the last operating one in the world!

Unique shipping and harbor life insights

For anyone who is fascinated by the history of shipping and harbor life, the Havenmuseum is a must see. It provides special insights, and we’re pretty sure you end up with a warm feeling of nostalgia. The museum itself is free of charge. But for guided tours you need to pay a small contribution.

Former English lightship

Don’t forget to visit Light Vessel no. 11, a former English lightship, just a few meters away from the Havenmuseum. This bright red ship houses V11, a nice bar/restaurant for a delicious lunch or dinner or just for a drink and a lovely view from the upper deck. Enjoy its typical British menu from hightea to Shepards pie. On tap they have unique British and local beers, like their home-brewed V11 ‘Skunky red ale’. All good reasons to go on board, right? Anchors aweigh!

Harbor museum information tools

  • Location on Google Maps
  • Opening hours
  • Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 12:00 to 02:00
    Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 to 02:00


Rotterdam Light Vessel no 11Rotterdam Havenmuseum