About the museum

The Chessmen Museum was opened on the first of May 2006. The museum includes the private collection of founder Ridder Dijkshoorn, plus a collection owned by Mister M.J. Glotzbach. Temporary exhibitions are held on a regular basis.

Ridder Dijkshoorn

Ridder Dijkshoorn

The permanent collection on display has expanded throughout the years. There is something for everyone: antique chess pieces and popular cartoon characters, as well as true folkloric and abstract works of art. An overview of the different chess games can be found in the Chessmens’ Gallery.

In the spotlight
Monthly the museum highlights a different chess set on the Collection Highlight page. Historian Marjolein Overmeer talks about the history of these chess games or what they represent. An overview of these essays can be found on the Overview articles page. Do you have comments or want more information? Please let us know by email: schaakstukkenmuseum@hotmail.com.

NEWS: winners Chessgame Design Competition

Museumnacht 2014 037Ridder Dijkshoorn festively announced the winner of the Chessgame Design Competition 2013 during the Rotterdam Museum Night on March 8th 2014. Wissal Chiguer, Dewi Sterk en Lizelot van den Berg, three eleven year-olds, were the lucky ones. Their schoolproject chess game Healty vs Unhealthy got the most votes. The girls received a trophee and the school the first price of € 1000,-.

The new designs (2014 edition of the competition) were  presented during Rotterdam Museum Night as well. All visitors can vote for their favorite during 2014.

News: The Big Rotterdam Chess Game goes to Murmansk

The Chessmen Museum has recently donated two Big Rotterdam Chess Games. One to the Rotterdam based Nieuwe Pauluskerk, the New Church of Saint Paul, on the occasion of the opening of the latest and finest newly constructed building near Rotterdam Central Station.

An Extra Large chess set also exchanged hands on the SS Rotterdam, the beautiful ‘classic’ cruise ship permanently moored at a Rotterdam dock, and now functioning as a hotel, a convention and meeting center and a tourist attraction.  On the first and second of June of this year, this wonderful ship accommodated the BASAMRO chess tournament on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Rotterdam Shipping Company.

A team from the Russian port town of Murmansk was also invited to this youth chess tournament. The Russian people are still the masters of chess, which was evidenced by the fact that they won the competition. This year is the year of Russia and to reinforce the relationship with Murmansk, the city was offered the Extra Large version of the Rotterdam Chess Game. The chess set was accepted gratefully by the Russians.

Napoleon versus Russians

Napoleon versus Russia

They also paid a visit to the Chessmen Museum, where they showed a great interest in the ‘Napoleon versus Russia’ chess set. Ridder Dijkshoorn was interviewed by the Russia State Television, and skillfully evaded the presenter’s question: Does France always lose to the Russians in this game? Dijkhoorn’s answer was that Rotterdam is the birth place of Erasmus and that this great scholar and diplomat is quoted in big neon signs on the walls of the Central Library of Rotterdam: ‘the whole world is your fatherland’.

New collection items

This year, like every year, we have once again received a lot of chess pieces for the Design competition. Both artists and amateurs have designed highly original chess sets that were shown for the first time during Rotterdam Museum Night 2013. These new designs will be on display until the end of December. Our visitors are the judges of the competition so drop by soon to put in your votes, and of course, to enjoy the rest of the versatile collection.

Rotterdams schaakspelThe Rotterdam Chess game
In 2010 the Rotterdam Chess Game, designed by Harry Hoek, was added to the collection, in its original size as well as the Extra Large version. Harry Hoek, who has entered in a previous chess game design competition, did not win any prizes with his reproductions of the buildings of Rotterdam. His new and abstract version of his chess set is a big success though. It is on display at the museum as well as outside of it, in an Extra Large sized version.  (Read more about the development of the game.)

Both versions of the Rotterdam Chess Game are for sale at the museum and the Extra Large version is also available for hiring. Are you interested in the Rotterdam Chess Game? Please send us an email: schaakstukkenmuseum@hotmail.com.

Group offers

If you would like to participate in a fun activity with the members of your (chess) club or association then think about visiting the Chessmen Museum: a true paradise for fans of the chess game. Book your visit now and your club will receive a 50% discount on the admission fee (you will pay 1 Euro per visitor instead of 2 Euro per visitor) and you will also get the essay collection to guide you through the museum’s collection for free. Please register by email: schaakstukkenmuseum@hotmail.com, putting ‘Group action’ in the subject line.

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