Installation of the viewing platform | Photo: Frans Hanswijk


Timeless story about migration

When the Fenix warehouse opened its doors on Katendrecht in 1923, it was the largest warehouse in the world. After extensive renovation this building will host the city’s story of migration.

Once the biggest warehouse in the world, the Fenix Warehouse II is a striking example of Rotterdam’s compelling harbor architecture. Millions of people left Europe from these docks to build a life in countries like Canada and the United States. They similarly came from far and wide to land here in Rotterdam. The entire first floor of the warehouse will be devoted to the story of these migrants. The Rotterdam City Archive, the Maritime Museum, Museum Rotterdam, the Dutch Photo Museum and the World Museum cooperate, as well as Ellis Island in New York andPier 21 in Canada.

The roof will house a viewing platform designed by MAD Architects, from which a 360 degree view of Rotterdam is provided.

Oostgevel Fenixloods II, foto Sylvana Lansu
Fenixloods II. Photo: Sylvana Lansu

Passenger lists Holland America Line

The Municipal Archive of Rotterdam has the passenger lists of the Holland America Line (HAL) with approximately 3 million records from the period 1900-1969.

Droom en Daad makes digitising these passenger lists possible. These lists will be made public in 2022/2023. This is done in cooperation with and the National Archives.