Museum Rotterdam transforms into jazz club

Museum Rotterdam transforms into underground jazz club

A night of jazz and history at Jazz Club Museum Rotterdam.

In a remarkable transformation, Museum Rotterdam is set to become an underground jazz club on the evening of Friday, 13 September. The event will transport attendees back to the 1940s, a period when jazz in Rotterdam thrived in secrecy. The lively players of the Rotterdam jazz band promise an immersive journey into the era's jazz atmosphere. The museum, located at Coolhaven 375, invites the public to swing from 20:00 to 24:00.

Jazzclub Museum Rotterdam is part of the Tuschinski Festival, scheduled for 13 and 14 September 2024. The festival will feature performances, exhibitions, and walks, all aimed at honouring the legacy of Rotterdam entrepreneur Abraham Tuschinski.

Jazz during the occupation - Forbidden (not) to swing

Following the devastating bombardment on 14 May 1940, Rotterdam's population found solace in jazz, a genre that offered an escape from harsh realities. Despite dance bans, curfews, and blackouts imposed during the occupation, the city's shadowy districts became havens for forbidden pleasures, including jazz. It was in these areas, off-limits to German soldiers, that the pure sounds of jazz continued to resonate. During the war, the Dutch government attempted to regain control over the wayward youth by imposing a swing ban following the liberation. This ban, however, does not extend to the underground jazz club at Museum Rotterdam. ensure that attendees remain engaged and unable to sit still.


Location details

The event will take place at Coolhaven 375, adjacent to the metro and beneath the bridge. Admission is free, making it an accessible celebration of jazz and history.


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