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.
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.