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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In and around the museum

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?

Just in #1
03 September - 16 October 2022

The exhibition Just In #1 presents ten archival items that have been added to the National Collection for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning in recent years. They are the first fruits of a collection policy that is increasingly focusing on current social themes, feminist practice and the decolonisation of the collection. Work is shown, for example, by the Vrouwen Bouwen Wonen [Women Building Housing] network, by interior architect Marijke van der Wijst and Surinamese architect Hannes Nooitmeer.

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.

Gallery 3
Gallery 3 is Het Nieuwe Instituut’s initiative to make museum presentation space available to makers from the field. The exhibition spaces in Gallery 3 (on the top floor of the museum building) are open to projects - whether an academy graduation show, an installation around an urban event, a presentation by a professional association, or work by young Rotterdam makers.
Wey Dey Move
17 July 2022 - 08 January 2023

Wey dey move is a Nigerian Pidgin term with multiple interpretations. It can mean “the path changes”, or describe the cultural phenomenon of things changing. It’s also the title and heartbeat of this exhibition. Wey Dey Move celebrates the important role movement and dance play in the spiritual, social, and ecological cultures of Lagos, Nigeria, and other major cities in West Africa.

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.