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Het Nieuwe Instituut

Museum Park 25, 3015 CB Rotterdam, The Netherlands
+31 10 4401200
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Ranked #33 of 100 Attractions in Rotterdam
Type: Architectural Buildings, Art Galleries
Traveler Description: The Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) is a museum and it houses and extensive collection of drawings, books, models and photos that document... more »
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Rijswijk, The Netherlands
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We visited and were a little underwhelmed with the exhibition. The architecture display was excellent with lots of models of buildings in and around the Netherlands. If you are interested in the design process of buildings then this is the place for you. We were told to visit the exhibit downstairs - but it was awful. Hardly worth going down.... More

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

A very fitting museum for Rotterdam, a city which excels at creating friendly, open, modernist spaces and architecture. The experience depends a lot on the specific exhibitions you see, and all of them are temporary, as far as I could tell - so check in advance what is ongoing. My girlfriend and I enjoyed "Designing scarcity"; it presented some cool... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

Total waste of time and money careless staff and no Exhibition at all. Be carefull ask to the counter what is the exhibition since you can notice that advertised exhibition does not exist during your tour between the floors. No guidance just school children activities around and no signage about the exhibitions since there is no exhibition. May be some... More

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Toronto, Canada
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116 reviews 116 reviews
9 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

I didn't know about this museum until I googled for something to visit on my spare day in Rotterdam. I found the trip advisor reviews and decided to go. I am sort of museumed out, but this one sounded a little different. I'm glad I went. It is not only about architecture, but it is about design, art, creative thoughts,... More

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

You need to have, I think, 2-3hrs. for this museum. There are so many famous painting, sculpture, historical things, and even the modern product or design of many artists. There is restaurant available, toilet are free, and nice view also free of charge :D

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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47 reviews 47 reviews
24 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The NAI is a bit boring. Just loads of architecture stuff nothing really special. But the nice thing is you can visit the Sonneveld house next to the museum for free. And that really is a treat.

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Northampton
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73 reviews 73 reviews
19 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

In an attempt to find an interesting trip after quite a few days in the city, this seemed like an unlikely prospect, but actually had some very interesting interactive displays and exceptional photo opportunities. The Sonneveld House (reviewed separately) was intriguing to visit and even the 10-year old with us was engrossed in the audio information. Take a picnic and... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Inexpensive admission by Netherlands standards which includes Sonneveld House (worthwhile for that alone) Very thought provoking exhibit on the basic values of Dutch architecture (although a bit of an odd presentation, at least in my limited experience). Cafe is nice for a light lunch.

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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

There were two exhibitions on display - Treasury & Dutchville. The Treasury is a real treasure house for architects. The tour of habitations in the Netherlands is aesthetically displayed and the commentary with each exhibit is not only informative but also hilarious.

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Staffs, England
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156 reviews 156 reviews
26 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

Some nice interactions help make this educational and fun, and raise different views on different forms of architecture. The 1933 house adjacent is amazing - to think such modernity existed 80 years ago...!

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