Living on the Water

Living on the Water

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The Netherlands is genuinely a country of water - and where there’s water, there are people living on it. But what makes people want to live on the water? And what makes people who live on the water love it so much?

Everyone who is used to terra firma under their feet wonders sometimes what it is like to live on a houseboat. Is there enough space? Do you get seasick? What's it like in winter? What kind of boats can you live on? How do you get your mail?

This family exhibition lets you see what living on the water in the Netherlands is typically like, using models of various houseboats and waterborne accommodation (a pontoon houseboat, a boat conversion and a water villa). Have a look at these lovely exhibits with their detailed interiors, four of which were made specially for 'Living on the Water'. Listen to the interviews with houseboat residents who will tell you everything about their very different reasons - and the love they have in common - for living on the water. Have a look at the inside of a tiny deckhouse and arrange things in a houseboat so that it will not float at a skew angle. Then you can have a nice stroll in the museum harbour with the free family walk that takes you past the most unusual vessels.

Date & Time:

Living on the WaterSunday, 5 April 2015 - Sunday, 26 November 2017
Tuesday - Saturday: 10.00 - 17.00u
Sundays and public holidays: 11.00 - 17.00u
Closed on Mondays, New Years Day, Kings Day and Christmas (except for Mondays in July and August and during school holidays)


Maritiem Museum Rotterdam
Leuvehaven 1
3011 EA Rotterdam

Tel.: 010 413 2680


Adults:  € 10
Children 4 - 16: € 6
Booked groups > 15 adults: € 8.50
Booked groups > 15 children: € 4.50
Children under 4: free
ICOM card, Museum Card, Rotterdam Pass: free

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Photos and text credit: Maritiem Museum Rotterdam


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