Wereldmuseum (Willemskade 25, Rotterdam) – this museum celebrates multiculturalism, focusing on rituals, stories and sacred objects. The building that currently houses the Wereldmuseum was originally the Royal Yacht Club of Prince Hendrik. The club’s members (including merchants and scientists who travelled all over the world) brought back unusual objects which they shared with each other. They also held exhibitions of maritime and ethnographic objects. After Prince Hendrik died, the Yacht Club was disbanded and the building became a museum.
From its inception, the museum has received major donations from private collectors, from shipping companies, and from the Dutch Missionary Society. The Wereldmuseum continues to receive important collections (such as a collection of Buddhist art from the Bodhimanda Stichting). Admission: €7.50 (adult), €6 (children 4-18 years), free for children under 4 years. Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily. See its website for more details: www.wereldmuseum.nl