Kunsthal Rotterdam (Art Hall Rotterdam)
Kunsthal Rotterdam doesn’t have a gallery displaying its permanent collection. Instead, visitors enjoy a rotating calendar of temporary thematic exhibitions ranging from 20th-century masters to current contemporary art movements, fashion, and photography. Notable artists featured in the museum in recent years include Andy Warhol, Jean-Paul Gaultier, and Louise Bourgeois.
As the building is considered an attraction in itself, visits are often included in sightseeing tours of the city—especially those focused on Rotterdam’s impressive architecture. Taking an architecture tour is a great way to also see other attractions, such as the Cube Houses and the Erasmus Bridge, in a short time. Lines to get inside the museum can be lengthy—especially when there is a popular exhibition on display. Save time by booking your ticket in advance.
Things to know before you go
- All the Kunsthal exhibition areas are wheelchair accessible and chairs are available to borrow.
- Admission is free for Rotterdam Pass holders.
- Lockers (large enough for a coat and small bag) are available in the cloakroom.
- It is not possible to make cash payments at the Kunsthal Rotterdam.
- The KunsthalLAB offers workshops and activities for families.
- There is a gift shop and café inside the museum.
How to get there
The Kunsthal Rotterdam is located in the Museumpark, a 20-minute walk from Rotterdam Central Station. If you don’t want to walk from the station, you can take tram number 8 (in the direction of Spangen) to Kievitslaan or Vasteland stop, a minute’s walk away, or the metro to Leuvehaven, a 7-minute walk from the museum.
When to get there
The museum is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 10am until 5pm and on Sundays and holidays from 11am to 5pm It is closed on Kingsday (April 27) Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. The busiest days are typically the weekends and holidays.
Kunsthal Rotterdam is located in Museumpark, so named for its proximity to multiple museums including the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, the Chabot Museum, and the Natural History Museum. The park is divided into four zones: a paved zone, a romantic zone with trees and a pedestrian bridge, a paved city zone for events, and an orchard.
- Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
- Rotterdam Zoo (Diergaarde Blijdorp)
- Maritime Museum Rotterdam
- Erasmusbrug (Erasmus Bridge)
- Kop van Zuid
- Netherlands Photo Museum (Nederlands Fotomuseum)
- Rotterdam City Hall (Stadhuis)
- Markthal (Market Hall)
- Church of St. Lawrence (Sint Laurenskerk)
- SS Rotterdam
- Miniworld Rotterdam
- Cube Houses (Kubuswoningen)
- Rotterdam Old Harbor (Oude Haven)