Permanent exhibition - Wereldmuseum
1 January 2019

The Collection

Permanent exhibition at the Wereldmuseum.

Due to the renovation of the Wereldmuseum, there is currently no permanent exhibition. The temporary exhibition Our Story is now on display in the museum.

The Wereldmuseum collection shows the development of Rotterdam as a world city. The objects in this collection provide a glimpse into other cultures, but are also indicative of the wanderlust, international connections, the colonial past, and the business instinct that shaped the city. The Wereldmuseum is a product of this city; forged by its history and crafted from its mentality.

The Wereldmuseum is a reflection of 160 years of collecting: by Rotterdam, for Rotterdam. The Wereldmuseum wants to be connected with its city, the residents, and visitors. The Wereldmuseum is an important cultural feature in this city that counts more than 170 nationalities and which has an open society built on international trade relations.

Stories about universal human themes like mourning, celebration, ornamentation, prayer, conflict; stories that inspire visitors to find out more about the huge cultural diversity to be found in the world. From China to Indonesia and from Tibet to Oceania: come to the Wereldmuseum and discover that, despite cultural differences, we are all essentially the same.