1001 Inventions launches Rotterdam Exhibition

Award-winning show about the scientific achievements of Muslim Civilisation now launched

Rotterdam, 28th August 2014. The award-winning blockbuster exhibition 1001 Inventions has launched its Dutch premiere in Rotterdam, as part of a five month residency, at the Post Kantoor venue in the heart of the city. The show, which has welcomed more than five million people on its international tour, introduces visitors to the scientific and cultural achievements of Muslim Civilisation during the thousand year period known as its “Golden Age”.


Venue and LocationPost Kantoor in Rotterdam 
Opening: 29th August 2014 till 11th January 2015

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1001 Inventions is a British-based educational organisation that produces engaging science experiences and productions that highlight one thousand years of underappreciated achievements by inspirational men and women who helped lay the foundations of our modern world. During this period, fascinating advancements were made in science and technology such as early attempts at rocket-powered flight, surgery and cataract treatments, astro-aided navigation, algebra and encryption, as well as the roots of modern theories of animal evolution. An exciting and wonderous time when Alchemy became the science of chemistry.

Over the last decade, 1001 Inventions has reached over 100 million people across the globe, with educational campaigns in cities such as in LondonIstanbulNew YorkWashington DCLos AngelesKuala Lumpur and Jeddah.

Post Rotterdam – Exterior view of the historical former post office in the heart of Rotterdam

Photo credit to: Paula Romein Fotografie

Speaking on behalf of 1001 Inventions, Producer and Director, Ahmed Salim said: “This exhibition highlights achievements from the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation, during which scientists of various faiths worked together, building upon the knowledge of ancient civilisations to make groundbreaking advances in many fields such as medicine, engineering, astronomy and architecture. These advances helped pave the way for the European Renaissance and their breakthroughs have left their marks on our lives today.

“I am delighted that we will have the opportunity to engage with audiences of all ages in the beautiful city of Rotterdam. Visitors from the other regions of The Netherlands are also invited to enjoy the exhibition that will be offered in both the Dutch and English languages. The overall experience will be highly interactive – featuring hands-on mechanical exhibits, short films, live shows, video games, workshops for schools and children.”

Speaking on behalf of the hosts, Daria Kremenskaia said: "This 1001 Inventions blockbuster exhibition has attracted millions of visitors around the world and now gets its premiere in the Netherlands. Post Kantoor in Rotterdam is proud to welcome its latest exhibition, which will welcome visitors here from 29th of August 2014 up to and including 11th of January 2015. As part of a nationwide outreach programme, including the cities of Amsterdam and The Hague, we will be hosting VIP events, arranging academic seminars and working with local schools to ensure as broad a cross-section of local people and tourists benefit from this opportunity." 

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The 1001 Inventions exhibition features a diverse range of exhibits, to enthrall visitors and enrich their knowledge, spread over more than 1000 square metres. The exhibits will be themed across seven main zones, with each highlighting achievements and discoveries in a certain field – such as engineering, agriculture, medicine and surgery, geography, astronomy, and education.

An introductory film, “1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets”, starring the Oscar-winning Sir Ben Kingsley will welcome visitors to the exhibition. Winner of 27 international awards, the film reflects the rich scientific and cultural heritage left by Muslim Civilisation for today's generations. The 12-mintue mini-movie tells the story of three students who visit a library to research how the modern world has been influenced by the so-called “Dark Ages”. They meet the Librarian, who guides them on a journey of discovery about the ancient Golden Age and its pioneering inventors and scientists.

The 1001 Inventions exhibition is created by the UK-based organization “1001 Inventions” which works with a network of high profile international partners and the world’s leading academics to produce world-class experiences, blockbuster interactive exhibits, short feature films, live shows, books and classroom learning materials that are being used by hundreds of thousands of educators around the world.


Post Rotterdam is a former post office located on Coolsingel, in the middle of the bustling heart of the city. With an incredibly striking entry hall with a soaring ceiling 22.5 metres high, this monument can be hired as an exclusive events location for groups of between 10 and 1,500 guests. Post Rotterdam is a unique, nostalgic location with a wide range of possibilities. The many public transport facilities make Post Rotterdam extremely accessible. Parking spaces are available within walking distance.

Opening Hours

Monday Closed (or opened or public holidays and school holidays)
Tuesday 10:00 to 17:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 to 17:00 pm
Thursday       10:00 to 17:00 pm
Friday 10:00 to 17:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 to 18:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 to 18:00 pm

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