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  • 5–7.30pm
    Thursday Bite (€ 8,88)

    Het Nieuwe Café offers a Thursday Bite every Thursday evening from 5pm: a light vegetarian meal from the kitchen of chef Manuela Gonçalves Tavares. You can order the Thursday Bite for € 8,88 at the bar on the evening itself.
  • 7–8pm
    Thursday Night Detour
    Exhibition tour (Free, max. 12 participants)

    Every Thursday evening, one of our Detour Guides (formerly known as tour guides) takes you on a free Detour through one of the exhibitions in Het Nieuwe Instituut. Experience design, digital culture and architecture from your guide's perspective. For example, one Detour ends in a joint choreography and you design for insects in another.

    In order to participate, gather at the reception desk at 6.55pm and inform staff that you would like to join. No registration needed.
  • 7–8.30pm
    Research Nights: New Store (CANCELLED)
    Roundtable Discussion (Free, max. 10 participants)

    Update: this programme component has been cancelled.

    For its latest event, Research Nights hosts a roundtable discussion exploring the themes surrounding the multi-year project New Store. The project focuses on researching and testing-as-research the systems of production and exchange as a way of exploring the possibilities of "regenerative consumerism". This evening brings together interested members of the public and invited guests from the fields of design, architectural and cultural retail.

    If you wish to participate in this event, send an e-mail to Tijn van de Wijdeven via There is room for 10 participants. 

    New Store is a collaboration between Het Nieuwe Instituut, Seeking State and International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam.
  • 8–9.30pm
    Holding Space with Aminata Cairo
    Book Presentation, Performance (€ 7,50 / € 3,75)

    Speaker, academic and storyteller Aminata Cairo reads from her book Holding Space, in which she explains her own take on inclusion. As with the book, the presentation is an experience, with music, dance and words, Cairo involves everyone present in the joint pursuit of an equal space where everyone is valued.

Choose from the options above to put together your own personal programme.

17:00 – 23:00
also this evening

The museum is free to visit from 5-9pm


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Thursday Bite€ 8,88

Holding Space with Aminata Cairo
Standard€ 7,50
Students, CJP, Friends and Members of Het Nieuwe Instituut€ 3,75

The other programme components are free to join.

Thursday Night Live!

Thursday Night Live! is a weekly evening devoted to burning questions in architecture, design and digital culture, featuring leading speakers from home and abroad. Het Nieuwe Café serves a meal, there’s music from DJs or live perfomers, the museum is open for free and our Detour Guides (aka tour guides) show you around the exhibitions. Meet people, be inspired and join the discussion!

Become a Member

Become a Member of Het Nieuwe Instituut and enjoy free access to exhibitions and members-only events. Find fresh ways of looking at the world, make new connections and discover novel perspectives at the intersections of design, architecture and digital culture.

Thursday Night at Het Nieuwe Instituut
Luca Napoli

Thursday Night Live! is a weekly programme of lectures, screenings and discussions on architecture, design and digital culture. Developments and critical insights are discussed by thinkers, designers and makers from the Netherlands and abroad.