Maritime Museum

Wim Gerhard Quist

This museum on navigation and shipbuilding is the oldest in the Netherlands, tracing the beginnings of the collections to the late 18th. The collections now include instruments of navigation, maps, drawings and paintings, globes, etc. The building has exhibition spaces as well as a library and archives. The structure, as explained by Architectural Guide to Rotterdam (77), is one half of a square bisected along the diagonal with its oblique side toward the harbor. Half tucked in under this side is a double-height exhibition area."

North and south entrances to the museum


Side and protected passageway along the north side of the building

See the famous Zadkine sculpture, Destroyed City in the square behind the museum.


Protected entrance into the building

Works Cited or Consulted: Groenendijk, Paul and Piet Vollaard. Architecture Guide to the Netherlands 1900-2000. Rotterdam: Uitgeverij, 2006.
Groenendijk, Paul and Piet Vollaard. Architecture Guide to Rotterdam. Rotterdam: Uitgeverij, 2007.
Groenendijk, Paul and Piet Vollaard. Guide to Contemporary Architecture in the Netherlands. Rotterdam: Uitgeverij, 2004.

See also Quist's office building on Boompjes.

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