Skip to main content

Kunsthal Rotterdam: Modern exhibitions and stylish architecture

By Kim Longwood
February 17, 2023

Kunsthal Rotterdam is one of the most beautiful museums in the Netherlands and is located in the heart of Rotterdam, namely in Museumpark. This sleek, grey building with large windows exudes a lot of style in a raw Rotterdam kinda way, but is still very accessible feeling.

Kunsthal Rotterdam is therefore for everyone, you can read why in this article. Have you never been there? Then it really is time for a visit to this special art hall.

Discover even more beautiful museums in Rotterdam.


Kunsthal Rotterdam: practical information

Foto door Jeroen Musch.

Planning your visit & entrance fees for Kunsthal Rotterdam

You can easily plan your visit via the Kunsthal Rotterdam website. Here you can buy a day ticket that allows you to visit the museum at any time. The day ticket can be used for all exhibitions that can be seen on the day of your visit, you can explore the entire building.

  • Adults – €16,50
  • Young people up to and including 18 years – Free
  • CJP and students up to and including 26 years – €8,25
  • Blijdorp/HollandPass coupon/RotterdamWelcomeCard – €12,25
  • Museumkaart / VriendenLoterij VIP-kaart, Kunsthal giftcard / ICOM / Rembrandtpas, Disabled person guide, Rotterdampas / Holland Pass, Kunsthal Vrienden / ZakenVrienden – Free

Buy your day ticket for Kunsthal Rotterdam.

Kunsthal Rotterdam opening hours

Tuesday until Sunday 10:00 – 17:00 hour

Location Kunsthal Rotterdam

Kunsthal Rotterdam is centrally located on the edge of the Museumpark and the Westzeedijk. When you walk or cycle from the side of Central Station, you first go through the park to get to the museum.

A ramp runs right through the building, bridging a height difference of six metres. This ramp connects the Museumpark with the Westzeedijk, the Hoboken area and Het Park. The ‘shop window’ that can be admired when you walk over the ramp can be seen from the outside as an exhibition space.


Westzeedijk 341, 3015 AA Rotterdam


Kunsthal Rotterdam: the building

The Kunsthal is an icon of modern architecture

Kunsthal Rotterdam is visited annually by architecture enthusiasts from all over the world. The building was designed in 1988-1989 by the world-famous architect Rem Koolhaas, together with project architect Fuminori Hoshino of the Rotterdam architectural firm OMA.

What makes Kunsthal Rotterdam such a beautiful museum, in addition to all the spectacular exhibitions, is the fact that the building itself already makes a huge impression. The abundance of glass and grey concrete contrasts nicely between the trees and the greenery of the Museumpark. The architecture of Kunsthal Rotterdam attracts international attention due to the innovative use of materials, the location of the entrance and the steep ramp.

Calder Now exposition in De Kunsthal Rotterdam.

What Kunsthal Rotterdam does so beautifully is to completely adapt the interior of the building, the rooms and halls, to the atmosphere of an exhibition. That is why the architecture flows seamlessly into the art on display.


Kunsthal Rotterdam: exhibitions & activities

Thiery Mugler exposition in De Kunsthal.


Kunsthal Rotterdam always has several exhibitions at the same time, which can all be visited with a day ticket. The exhibitions change monthly and there is often one main exhibition that receives the most attention based on the size of the rooms. The Kunsthal does not have a permanent exhibition, which makes a visit extra special because you ‘must’ go before a theme disappears forever.

The exhibitions vary widely. Kunsthal Rotterdam has a strong love for fashion, which has seen odes to Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler and Tim Walker over the past 15 years.

Photography is also a recurring theme, be it as a main exhibition or a smaller exhibition on one of the top floors.

The Kunsthal celebrates many crafts such as tapestry in addition to painting and sculpture, often shows shocking work that needs to be talked about and shines a spotlight on black artists and artists from cultures all over the world.

Street Dreams in De Kunsthal Rotterdam.

They also have parts aimed at and suitable for children, but these are more often activities than exhibitions. Consider, for example, a craft afternoon based on the work of an artist that is currently being shown.


There is plenty to do in Kunsthal Rotterdam. There are master classes, musical events, craft days and interactive art programs. These activities are often shared via Instagram or highlighted in the Kunsthal Rotterdam newsletter.


All in all, we can say that Kunsthal is progressive, welcoming and diverse. A modern philosophy in a modern architecture jacket. Experience it yourself and visit Kunsthal Rotterdam soon. Will you let us know what you think?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *