Musée d'Histoire Het Schielandshuis : Michelin's recommendations
This splendid and un-missable museum is devoted to the city of Rotterdam. Built between 1662 and 1665 the Schielandshuis has a harmoniously proportioned classical facade decorated in the baroque style. Originally intended for the administrative offices of the Schieland dykes, today it houses the city's historical museum. Paintings, sculptures and various artefacts evoke the principal figures and important events of the past. On the entresol level of the Schielandshuis there are three re-creations of 18th Century interiors, which group together works by Rotterdam artists and representative pieces of decorative art (work in precious metals, glassware and furniture). There are fine canvases by Adriaen van der Werff (17th to 18th Century), including his Self-portrait with Medallion, as well as some by other 17th Century painters from Rotterdam: H. Sorgh, A. Delorme, L. Verschruier, H. De Meijer and G. Pompe. The entresol level also contains the Atlas van Stolk collection, which includes engravings and sketches on the history of the Netherlands. The history section on the first floor is devoted to the development of Rotterdam, as conveyed by various artefacts, paintings and sculptures: particularly poignant are the fragments of churches, bearing witness to the terrible bombings that ravaged the city in 1940. The attic floor is devoted to everyday life, with a collection of toys, clothing and accessories dating from 1750 to the present day.
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