Kunsthal Rotterdam stages around 25 exhibitions a year. Designed by a Dutch architect, Rem Koolhaas, the 3300 square meters exhibition space is a must-see. It portrays many different aspects of culture; from old classics to new photography, lingerie expositions and works by Leonardo Da Vinci. If you want to check out the available exhibitions, plan your visit, or just find out more about Kunsthal, you can do that here.
If you are a lover of contemporary art, then this is the place for you. Located on “Witte de With”, the most dynamic street in the city, this centre showcases though-provoking exhibitions, as well as diverse cultural talks and workshops. Students also get discounted tickets for only 3 euros. If you want to know more information about the current exhibitions or upcoming events, you can check out the institution’s website, or, alternatively, their Facebook page which is quite active.
As the largest port city in Europe, there is a great deal to learn about Rotterdam’s maritime history here. The world harbor days take place in the beginning of September, showcasing a festival dedicated to Rotterdam’s port.
Het Niewe Instituut
Het Nieuwe Instituut displays exhibitions for those passionate about architecture, design and digital culture. Thursday Night Live! is an event organised weekly where thinkers, artists and researchers discuss relevant and innovative cultural topics. They generally also offer a student discount for these nights, so if this sounds interesting for you, definitely check out their website or Facebook page for upcoming events and more details.
Good news if you are a lover of photography! The national photography museum is located at your doorstep. This picture was taken within the exhibition “Big Heads” by Martin Schoeller. For information about exhibitions currently on display check their website here. Tickets are 7 euros if your age is between 18 and 15, and 14 euros if you are 26 or older.
Each March, museums and cultural centers in the city open up their doors for a night. This event is very popular among Rotterdamers and it is quite an unique experience. After 1:00 AM, there are after-parties organised in lots of bars and clubs. If this already sounds exciting for you, you can buy tickets online on the Museumnacht 010 website, or at the Bibliotheek next to Markthal. Pre-sale passes are 14 euros, and last minute ones cost 17.5 euros.
Other museums to consider
Extra tip: If you are a lover of culture, the most helpful tip is to get the Rotterdampas. This gives you free entrance to museums, the cinema, and lots of other cultural activities in the city. For more information you can drop by their office at the ground level of the Bibliotheek, next to Markthal. It is quite easy to find, as there is a big sign that will guide you.