Reopening of the RetroFuture Exhibition in Eindhoven's Spaceship After Unexpected Closure

Eindhoven, September 4, 2023 - Spaceship Evoluon is pleased to announce that the museum section will reopen to the public on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, after a temporary closure. The closure was necessary due to a detached ceiling section inside the dome. After careful inspection and renovation work, we are delighted to report that the museum is now safely and beautifully restored, and the RetroFuture exhibition is once again accessible to visitors.

"We are thrilled to reopen our museum," said Koert van Mensvoort, director of Next Nature: "The unexpected closure provided us with the opportunity not only to ensure safety but also to restore the building with respect for its history." 

Visitors can now enjoy the unique exhibitions and experiences that Next Nature offers in the Spaceship, in an environment that remains true to its iconic heritage. RetroFuture, our first exhibition is still on show in the dome of the Evoluon. Starting September 24, 2023, Next Nature launches its latest exhibition, Spacefarming: the future of food. This exhibition will be shown in the dome and in other areas of the Evoluon.

When you buy a ticket for the Evoluon, both exhibitions are included in the price as of the 24th of september. 

These plans raised the necessary questions in the City Council last month. Several groups expressed concerns about the lack of clarity surrounding housing, financial support, parking and traffic flow, among other issues.

One of the politicians' main criticisms was the lack of affordable housing in the plans. D66 council member Chris Dams, the initiator of the proposal to adjust the building plans, emphasized the urgency of creating affordable housing. According to him, there is no need for a hotel or expensive short-stay housing.

Dams' proposal received support from nine other groups on the City Council, including GroenLinks. Council member Rutger Rauws stressed that it is important to take into account the housing shortage and also provide opportunities for house seekers.

Besides affordable housing, political parties have other demands if the site around the Evoluon is redeveloped. Preserving as many trees as possible is one of those demands. Six parties, including GroenLinks, have ensured that this is included in the plans. Rauws emphasized the importance of good biodiversity in the area.

So with the city council's decision, there will be no expensive rental apartments or a hotel at the Evoluon. Instead, the area will be used to build affordable housing. This decision was approved by a large majority last night. It is not yet known when construction activities will take place, but the owner has indicated he would like to start within two years. The next step in the process is the drafting of the environmental plan.