Rotterdam Art Galleries, Museums, Supplies & More

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Thanks for checking out our post about art in Rotterdam. Galleries, museums, supplies, schools, shows, events and more will all be discussed in detail right here.

We will try to get right to it because we know your time is valuable. Jumping right into the best Rotterdam Art Galleries and Museums seems to be the right way for us to begin.

You may want to know about the best art stores in town where you can find all the supplies and materials you desire so they will be listed. We also don’t want to forget about the best shows and events this area has to offer.

If you get a sunny day enjoy it by going on an art walking tour or by seeing some of the most unique statues and sculptures near you. Taking group classes or private lessons at one of the nicer art schools in Rotterdam can be a great way to improve your skills quickly.

Renting out an art studio in your area when the time is right to get the ball rolling on your next project could improve your odds of success. Appraisers, dealers, and framing shops will also be covered.

Europe has been discussed on our site many times in the past.

Best Art Galleries & Museums In Rotterdam

The best art galleries and museums in Rotterdam would be:

One of the leading cultural institutions in the Netherlands has to be The Kunsthal Rotterdam. You will find great exhibitions of fine art, photography, and other cultural and historical themes from past eras.

They work in tandem with the great local artists at the Willem de Kooning Academy to share on-site masterclasses and have a variety of available family programs. Some of you may know the Kunstinstituut Melly by its former name, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art.

In addition to organizing exhibitions they also offer commission art and do good work in the field of developing educational initiatives. Every year over 300,000 people go to the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen to see their massive collection of more than 150,000 modern and contemporary artworks.

Every year they lend out hundreds of pieces to other museums around the world, and they have a great program for kids called Boijmans in the Classroom. At Phoebus Gallery they have around 12 solo and group exhibitions throughout the year.

They are also regularly having lectures, discussions, and excursions in addition to publishing books. The Rotterdam Street Art Museum kind of blew up after being listed in Lonely Planet and now it is finally getting the recognition and visitors that it deserves.

Many would tell you that Het Nieuwe Instituut is the home of Dutch architecture, design and digital culture. They are open daily but two of the best times to visit might be for their weekly Thursday Night Live program or for the Sunday Stroll that starts at 2pm.

Materials & Supplies Near You

These art stores in your area should have all of the materials and supplies you need:

You can buy all kinds of art supplies like easels, brushes, canvases, acrylic paints, drawing materials frames and more at Van Beek Art Supplies. For over 25 years Pipoos has been one of the leading arts, crafts, and hobby stores in the Netherlands and Belgium.

They sell more than 8,000 materials and supplies plus students get a discount. At Gerstaecker they have over 65,000 items and 3,000 different frame profiles for sale.

Shows & Events

Some of the best art shows and events held in this city are:

Each August head to the area around the Witte de Withstraat for the Festival Magia. Over 2 days this free festival will be loaded with international music, performances, DJ’s, film screening, and plenty of art as well.

Kunstavond Witte de Withstraat takes place every Friday from 6pm to 9pm and this is another great free event to check out. Many if not all of the museums and galleries in the city’s art quarter will stay open late each Friday.

Anyone that is interested in design, architecture and digital culture should check out Thursday Night Live at Het Nieuwe Instituut which is held every week. Depending on the week there might be discussions, lectures, free museum openings, expos and more going on from 5pm to 10pm.

Over 30,000 visitors flock to Rotterdam Street Culture Weekend every September. There will be street art, street sports, hip-hop music and fun activities.

Van Nelle Fabriek is the home of Art Rotterdam, one of the biggest art fairs in the Netherlands. This annual 3 day event brings out local, regional, and international talents in numerous varieties of visual arts and the NN Art Award will be presented at this prestigious event.

Art Dealers & Appraisers

When you are trying to find a new piece for your collection or to figure out the true value of something visit one of these art dealers and appraisers in your area:

Individuals and corporations are more than welcome to buy from Roxier Art. Many of their available works were made right there in the studio, and they have some pieces created by Ronald Hunter for sale.

You will find different styles like abstract, graphic, figurative, and pop art. They also sell photography and can deliver paintings or photos of all sizes.

One of the biggest international art wholesalers and distributors of plexiglass photography, paintings, masterpieces, objects and sculptures is the Cobra Art Company. They accept artwork submissions from new photographers or artists while also working in close collaboration with international artists and photographers.

Galerie Frank Taal from our main list also sells art in your area.

Walking Tours

Art walking tours can be a lot of fun when the weather is nice:

The Rotterdam Street Art Route spans 7 kilometers so there will be plenty of cool stuff for you to see. They are always adding more and recently 12 new paintings were put up along the route.

Of course there is still all of the old graffiti and street art around too. There is a great collection of public works in this town and the Art Index Tours are another great way to see it.

They can curate personalized bike or walking tours that hit up some of the unique places around town. Walk Rotterdam is less art focused, but you will still see plenty of neat things on the walk.

You will visit all the Kunstblock art venues when taking one of the Kunstblock Tours. This means the tour will consist of fine art, photography, film, music and plenty more.

The Kuntsblock Tours begin at the front desk of the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art.

Sculptures & Statues

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You may also want to take some photos of these statues and sculptures:

  • Monument Voor Alle Gevallenen 1940–1945 at Stadhuisplein 16
  • Erasmus at Grotekerkplein 5
  • Marathonbeeld at Willemsplein 90
  • Fikkie at Oude Binnenweg 120
  • Sylvette at Westersingel 83
  • L’homme qui Marche at Westersingel 45-46
  • De Roeiers at 1e Katendrechtse Hoofd

Mari Andriessen was the creator of the Monument Voor Alle Gevallenen that was unveiled in 1957. Many believe that The statue of Erasmus is the oldest statue in the Netherlands.

Hendrick de Keyser designed it and it was inaugurated in 1622. Today it can be found at Grotekerkplein. Henk Vish was the creator of the Marathonbeeld statue which was a gift from the Rotterdam Marathon Foundation.

Joeki Simak was the mastermind behind Fikkie back in 1963 which you can find in the Oude Binnenweg. Carl Nesjar teamed up with Pablo Picasso to sculpt Sylvette which was dedicated in 1970 and sits next to the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

L’homme qui Marche, AKA The Man Who Walks, was dedicated in the early 1900’s. This great piece by Auguste Rodin can be found along the Westersingel.

Yair Aschkenasy was the brainchild of the De Roeiers scuplture.

Rotterdam Art Classes

We are all at different levels and sometimes a lesson or two can give us the boost that we need. Some of the best Rotterdam art schools and classes can be found at:

The instructors at De Kleimeester specialize in pottery, clay, and ceramic works. They have day and night classes for adults, host company outings, kids parties, and also can do guest teaching work around the area.

At SKVR Visual Art they have all kinds of classes, courses, and workshops in a variety of medias. For instance you can take lessons in everything from visual art to music, dance, theater, fashion design, photography, writing and more.

They have short courses or year long courses and offer trial lessons. The Piet Zwart Institute is part of the Willem de Kooning Academy that has over two thousand students making it one of the largest academies in the Netherlands.

Children ages 5 and older can take classes at Creatief van Huis Uit in drawing, visual education, and even puppet theater. They have trial lessons available and many of their courses are based around school vacation times.

Studios For Rent Near You

Those of you who are ready to start a big project can find art studios near you like:

Kunsthal Rotterdam and Het Nieuwe Instituut from our initial best galleries in your area list also have studios for rent.


A frame can take a normal looking picture a long way, and some of the best places for art framing in Rotterdam are:

At Art3000 Lijstenmakerij some of their services include custom framing, installations, hanging paintings, miter services, restorations, cleanings, and printing in addition to renting out art and selling ready made frames.

Since 1984 Artigrafie has been making professional frames and providing frame restoration services near you. They have a complete range of hanging systems and have photo services for any size and material.

You can get expert advice from Lijstenmakerij Linea on custom framing, preserving glass, preserving artworks, passe-partout, plus they sell framed pictures too. Van Beek Art Supplies and Gerstaecker from our supplies list also offer framing services.

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Have Fun Enjoying The Rotterdam Art Scene

Well, we tried to cover the full art scene near you to the best of our abilities. We listed the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers in your area.

If you made it this far you might just know quite a bit about the local art scene yourself. Feel free to share your own tips, or to let us know if we may have gotten anything wrong in the comments.

Have fun going to the galleries, museums, buying supplies or doing anything that has to do with art in Rotterdam!

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