The Wereldmuseum Rotterdam (formerly known as the Museum voor Land- en Volkenkunde) is an ethnographic museum, situated Willemskade in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

White building of four stories with a small tower on the top, green trees in the front
Museum building in the center of Rotterdam
Wereldmuseum is located in Rotterdam
Location within Rotterdam in the Netherlands
Former nameMuseum voor Land- en Volkenkunde
Established1 May 1885 (1885-05-01)[2]
LocationWillemskade 25[1]
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Coordinates51°54′28″N 4°28′49″E / 51.9079°N 4.4804°E / 51.9079; 4.4804Coordinates: 51°54′28″N 4°28′49″E / 51.9079°N 4.4804°E / 51.9079; 4.4804
TypeEthnographic museum
Visitors130,000 (2010)[3]
DirectorStijn Schoonderwoerd

The museum was founded in 1883 and shows more than 1800 ethnographic objects from various cultures in Asia, Oceania, Africa, the Americas and the Islamic heritage.


  1. ^ Contact, Wereldmuseum. Retrieved on 2013-10-01.
  2. ^ History, Wereldmuseum. Retrieved on 2013-10-01.
  3. ^ (in Dutch) Bezoekersaantallen diverse Rotterdamse attractiepunten, 2004 t/m 2010, Rotterdam.nl, 2011. Retrieved on 2013-10-01.

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