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Day of culture: 7x art institutions in Rotterdam

By Lisanne van Beurden
August 06, 2021

Fancy a day of culture in Rotterdam? In our city there are plenty of nice museums and galeries where art lovers can indulge themselves. Visit one of the art institutions below for the best exhibitions and performances!


1. Roodkapje

Roodkapje was founded in 2000 by Eric den Hartigh. Over the years it has grown into a multidisciplinary platform for presentation and talent support for young artists, musicians, performers and programmers in Rotterdam.

Visit Roodkapje for music, exhibitions and food; there is an exhibition space, music venue and hamburger restaurant (Burgertrut). Everything under one roof!


Delftseplein 39, 3013 AA Rotterdam


2. Het Nieuwe Instituut

Het Nieuwe Instituut. Foto Johannes Schwartz.

Het Nieuwe Instituut is a museum for architecture, design and digital culture. Here they organize exhibitions, debates, workshops and more activities on different design disciplines.

By experimenting, you become acquainted with innovative materials, techniques and ideas.


Museumpark 25, 3015 CB Rotterdam


3. Huis Sonneveld

Huis Sonneveld, studio. Foto door Johannes Schwartz.

Are you crazy about architecture and design interiors? Then visit Sonneveld House, one of the best-preserved houses in the style of Het Nieuw Bouwen.

This detached villa from the 1930s is located a stone’s throw from Het Nieuwe Instituut. It was designed by architectural firm Brinkman and Van der Vlugt and commissioned by Albertus Sonneveld, one of the directors of the Van Nelle factory. In addition, they were responsible for the interior, in collaboration with W.H. Gispen.

Het Nieuwe Bouwen is a functionalist architecture that emerged at the beginning of the 20th century. This concerned the function of the building and the needs of the users. Modern materials such as concrete and steel structures were used. The aim was to create a healthy living environment with fresh air and plenty of sunlight.


Jongkindstraat 12, 3015 CG Rotterdam


4. Kunsthal Rotterdam

Photo by Jeroen Musch.

Every Rotterdammer has been here at least once in their life. The Kunsthal building was designed in 1988-1989 by the world-famous architect Rem Koolhaas and the building is one of the icons of Rotterdam.

There are always various high-profile exhibitions to visit at the Kunsthal. From modern contemporary art to forgotten cultures, photography, fashion and design, there is something for every audience!

The Kunsthal is located on the edge of the Museum Park, where you can find a lot of other interesting museums.


Museumpark, Westzeedijk 341, 3015 AA Rotterdam


5. Natural History Museum Rotterdam

Foto door Walter Herfst.

The Natural History Museum Rotterdam has been located on the Land van Hoboken on the Westzeedijk in Villa Dijkzigt since 1987. Here you will learn everything about insects, fish, birds, mammals, shells and plants.

For example, visit the permanent exhibition “Dead animals with a story”, in which the Natural History Museum shows how and where humans and animals collide and what the dramatic consequences can be for both parties.


Westzeedijk 345, 3015 AA Rotterdam


6. Remastered

Something completely different from a museum! Visit the newest interactive experience in Rotterdam: Remastered. In this attraction you will be taken on an audiovisual journey for an hour and you become one with the art.

Walk under a waterfall, go on an adventure with the unearthly creatures of Hieronymus Bosch, learn time travel and surround yourself with paintings by Dutch Old Masters such as Van Gogh and Mondriaan. Each time you enter a new world and you don’t know what to expect.


Willemsplein 79, 3016 DR Rotterdam


7. Boijmans van Beuningen

Photo by Marie Louise Nijsing. The chapel in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

Boijmans van Beuningen is a world-famous museum in Rotterdam and a favorite of many Rotterdammers. It is therefore very unfortunate that the museum is currently closed for renovation. But the fact that the Boijmans van Beuningen building is closed does not mean that you can no longer view the collection. During the renovation you can see the collection in many other places in our city (and beyond).

The program continues as usual and part of the famous museum collection can be admired at eight neighbours in 11 exhibitions and in Rotterdam school classes.

Read about Boijmans Next Door!


Museumpark 18, 3015 CX Rotterdam


What is your favourite place to enjoy art and culture? Let us know in the comments below!

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