Het Nieuwe Instituut is the Netherlands’ national museum for architecture, design and digital culture. Located in the city of architecture, Rotterdam, in the Museum Park with Kunsthal Rotterdam and Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen as neighbours, Het Nieuwe Instituut has various exhibition spaces, a museum shop, a café and a house museum. Het Nieuwe Instituut focuses on important social developments, such as the housing shortage, the energy transition, the rise of artificial intelligence, mobility, and the use of public space. Designers, including architects and digital makers, can make important contributions to these developments. 

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Practical information on Het Nieuwe Instituut, Sonneveld House, the Research Centre, the bookshop and Het Nieuwe Café.


Overview of all exhibitions, (online) events, lectures, talkshows and workshops.

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In and around the museum

Prix de Rome Architecture 2022
18 November 2022 - 09 April 2023

Visit the exhibition Prix de Rome Architecture 2022 – Healing Sites, which opens on 18 November 2022 at Het Nieuwe Instituut. Featuring the entries of the shortlisted architects for the Prix de Rome Architecture 2022, with exhibition design by Zico Lopes (Spatial Codes), it reveals how finalists Arna Mačkić, Dividual (Andrea Bit and Maciej Wieczorkowski), Lesia Topolnyk, and Studio KIWI (Kim Kool and Willemijn van Manen) respond to the Healing Sites theme.

Open Archive 3.0
28 October 2022 - 26 March 2023

Daria Kiseleva, Remco Torenbosch and duo Alice Wong & Simo Tse each present a new media work for this third edition of Open Archive, based on the open digital collections of Sound and Vision, Het Nieuwe Instituut, and the International Institute of Social History. New stories have arisen from this heritage: about a Cantonese radio programme for Chinese immigrants; about the way in which imagination manifests itself in archive images of social movements and carnival celebrations; and about the origins of the communist party in Indonesia.

The Energy Show
02 September - 05 March 2023

How much energy do we have and need today? This question opens The Energy Show – Sun, Solar and Human Power, an exhibition that can be seen from 3 September 2022 through 5 March 2023 at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. The exhibition, put together by curator and designer Matylda Krzykowski and in collaboration with The Solar Biennale, revolves around the sun and its design possibilities. It reflects on visitors’ personal energy levels, features dozens of examples of innovative solar technology, and poses the key question: what would the world look like if it ran on solar energy?

Sonneveld House

Sonneveld House is one of the best-preserved houses in the Dutch Functionalist style. The architects designed a total concept in which architecture, interior and furnishings are perfectly coordinated and reinforce one another.

Designing the Social
04 July 2021 – 07 July 2024

Designing the Social is an exhibition exploring 100 years of socially driven, idiosyncratic ideas about living together. Sometimes out of idealism, often out of pure necessity, alternative design strategies were developed in the pursuit of an equal society.

Café and Bookshop


NAI Booksellers, a bookshop specialising in publications about architecture, landscape architecture, design and urban planning, is located in Het Nieuwe Instituut’s lobby. It sells a wide variety of architectural and design titles from international as well as Dutch publishers, including monographs, scientific books, reference books and architectural guides to the Netherlands and other countries.

Het Nieuwe Café

Het Nieuwe Café is run by chef Manuela Goncalves Tavares and her team. Colourful, mostly plant-based and seasonally delicious dishes are on the menu. You can visit the café, which boasts Rotterdam’s most beautiful terrace, without buying a ticket for the institute.