The Netherlands Architecture Institute, part of The New Institute, is more than a museum of architecture. It is above all a cultural institute. It has one of the largest architecture collections in the world; 18 km of shelves containing drawings, sketches, models, photographs, books, journals and other materials. Virtually every prominent Dutch architect since 1800 is represented. Researchers, students, and anyone else interested may consult the archives in the library. The institute offers facilities for research and a platform for discussion. The institute follows both national and international developments. Modern-day architecture from around the world is shown in changing exhibitions. Foreign visitors often use the institute as a starting point for architecture trips in and around the Netherlands. For this purpose they offers lectures, tours etc. for foreign visitors.