There are many museums and exhibition areas in Rotterdam. The main area is the Museumpark; a ‘cultural triangle’ was developed around this park. The Museumpark extends from the Westzeedijk to the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, the Institute for Architecture and the Kunsthal.
Several galleries and exhibition areas for design and modern arts can be found in the area of the Museumpark. The Witte de Withstraat is a centre for temporary art. Willem de Kooning Academy has its own Gallery & Store BLAAK10 in the Witte de Withstraat. (www.blaak10.nl)
The following list contains a selection of museums which are to be found in Rotterdam:
The Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen is a multi-faceted museum. Its collection covers a wide range of art objects and covers the period from the Middle Ages to the present day. In addition to permanent exhibitions, the museum puts on variable exhibitions, particularly in the field of modern art. There is also a special collection on Rotterdam. The museum’s other activities include lectures, film performances and courses. (www.boijmans.nl)
Kunsthal Rotterdam. The Kunsthal offers various exhibitions throughout the year. It aims to show culture in the broadest manner as possible: old art, new art, design, photography, élitist art and popular art. Often the Kunsthal experiments with new topics for exhibitions, which results in a fascinating and varied repertoire of exhibitions.(www.kunsthal.nl)
The Natuurmuseum Rotterdam. The Natuurmuseum offers exhibitions, collections and activities in the field of nature and environment. (www.nhm.nl)
Nederlands Museum of Photography. Here you will find a museum as well as a meeting place, where photographers, customers and visitors share their opinions. There is a library and study centre for those who need to do research, and there is exhibition space, which takes up the main part of the building. The Photo Institute organises exhibitions throughout the year. In addition, it organises lectures, courses and workshops. Its aim is to increase the knowledge and quality of Dutch photography, in the Netherlands as well as abroad. (www.nfi.nl)
The Dubbelde Palmboom. The museum is housed within a 19th century warehouse located in the historical part of Rotterdam called Delfshaven. Its collection shows how the people used to live in the Maas estuary over the past hundred years. The collection includes a labourer’s dwelling from 1900 and an old paint factory. (www.hmr.rotterdam.nl)
The Historical Museum Schielandshuis. This is the only 17th century building in the centre, which was spared during the bombings in World War II. It was completely restored and it now serves as a museum, showing you the history of Rotterdam and the everyday life of its inhabitants. (www.hmr.rotterdam.nl)
The Maritiem Museum Rotterdam. This museum is completely devoted to shipping in all its facets. Adjacent is an open-air museum with a collection of large exhibits on themes like shipping, shipbuilding and transport. (www.maritiemmuseum.nl)
Galleries can also be found in the area of the Oude Binnenweg and Delfshaven.