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.


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In and around the museum

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.

MVRDVHNI The Living Archive of a Studio
06 November 2021 - 11 September 2022

MVRDVHNI: The Living Archive of a Studio explores the archive of architecture office MVRDV. Het Nieuwe Instituut displays the MVRDV archive as a living entity in an office context, rather than in a museum gallery context. As a working environment, after all, the office is the place where ideas and projects move fluidly back and forth between present, past and future.

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.
The Podium
01 June - 17 August

The striking pink installation with its imposing external staircase was designed by architects MVRDV and is an extension of the institute’s exhibition MVRDVHNI: The Living Archive of a Studio. The Podium offers a unique opportunity to experience architecture, the city, Museum Park and the institute from a completely new perspective. 

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.