“Wanting to clean an abandoned hotel room only to find a bathtub full of goldfish. The most often left item is the reading glasses. More than 10,000 have been collected in 25 years. A visitor who has been drinking a cup of coffee every week at the same spot for 25 years. On an annual basis, 7746 tompouces are eaten.”
Rotterdam January 18 – On May 5, 2018, Hotel New York celebrates its 25th anniversary. Reason for Museum Rotterdam to pay tribute to this striking hotel in a special way. The exhibition: Hotel New York, story of pioneers, opens on May 4 and tells the impressive story of a city icon.
25 years of Hotel New York means a treasure trove filled with stories, photos, films and special items. Together they tell the special story of the famous hotel, in a unique location on the Maas in Rotterdam. Because in addition to a hotel and a restaurant, for many people it is a place to come home, to enjoy the beautiful view and a place where the small and big things in life are celebrated.
25 years ago, the Wilhelminapier was mainly a place to avoid. Thanks in part to the successful transformation of the Holland-America Lijn (HAL) headquarters into Hotel New York, this pier has grown into one of Rotterdam’s most characteristic locations in recent years. With a strong view to the future, convinced of its significance for the city, many have worked hard on the icon that Hotel New York is today.
The exhibition takes the visitor on a journey through time on a special gangway of our biggest sponsor BRIDGES2000 on board the ship, through nine uniquely designed rooms: from the story of the first pioneers; the emigrants, from the HAL, the cruise ships, the Kop van Zuid to the hotel pioneers.
Hotel New York, story of pioneers is open to the public from May 4 to November 1, 2018.
About Museum Rotterdam
Museum Rotterdam is a city museum with guts. Cultural-historical collection items and new cultural
heritage together tell the story of the city and its inhabitants – from settlement on the Rotte to multicolored metropolis. A unique combination that produces daring exhibitions and impact, in the museum and in the city. Museum Rotterdam, the most Rotterdam museum in the world.
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