The most iconic art exhibition venues of Europe

Europe is home to some of the world’s greatest galleries and museums. Many of these are also perfect for use as exhibition and event spaces, with both historical landmarks and newer buildings available. Thanks to our knowledge of exhibition transport and event haulage, we can direct you to the perfect places for your next European event!

1. The Louvre, Paris

This former palace is the world’s largest art museum, and home to approximately 38,000 different objects. It first opened as a museum in 1793; its most famous works include The Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and the Winged Victory of Samothrace. It also attracts millions of people each year, with 10.2 million visitors in 2018.

People visiting the Louvre can enjoy numerous special exhibitions. The next one to look forward to is their Leonardo da Vinci exhibition; 2019 marks the 500-year anniversary of his death. The Louvre holds the world’s largest collection of his paintings, as well as numerous drawings from the Renaissance legend.

Louvre Venue Hire

In addition to tourists, the Louvre hosts numerous shoots each year for film, TV and music projects. The museum can also be used as a private venue for events; between 50 and 3,000 guests can be hosted at once. Other venues the Louvre offers include the Café Richelieu, the Café Mollien, the Musée Eugène-Delacroix and the beautiful Tuileries Garden.

2. Tate Modern, London

Named for the 19th-century industrialist Henry Tate, the Tate galleries exhibit almost 70,000 artworks across four sites. Their collection includes British art from 1500CE to the present day, as well as several international pieces. Tate Modern opened in 2000, and uses the former Bankside Power Station for its premises.

A highlight of Tate Modern’s calendar is a new exhibition from Olafur Eliasson. This Icelandic-Danish artist is famous for his sculptures and large-scale installation art. You can see some of these for yourself until the 5th of January 2020; they reflect the artist’s interest in geometry, colour theory and environmental issues. Visitors can even speak to Eliasson’s associates thanks to a live video link!

Tate Modern Venue Hire

In addition to artworks, Tate Modern boasts 16 different spaces to hire. These offer a variety of different settings, including the photography gallery (suitable for small dining engagements), the South Room (with space for up to 300 guests) and the Turbine Hall (which can host up to 1,500 guests at once). Venues offer stunning river views, exclusive private viewing opportunities and availability during daytime and the evening.

3. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Dedicated to the legendary Dutch painter, Amsterdam’s Van Gogh museum hosts the world’s largest collection of his work. It first opened in 1973, and welcomed over two million visitors in 2017. A current museum highlight is their exhibition on Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. Running until the 1st of September, the exhibit explores why the painting was so important to Van Gogh, and how we can preserve it for the future.

Van Gogh Museum Hire

The museum can also be privately hired as a dinner, buffet or reception venue. The museum’s Rietveld Building can accommodate 100 people for a seated dinner, or 250 people for a standing buffet or reception. The Foyer, meanwhile, has space for 250 diners or 450 guests at a reception or standing buffet. You can even pair your events with a guided tour or a special art theme as desired.

4. Statens Museum For Kunst, Copenhagen

This venue is Denmark’s national gallery, and contains artworks dating back to the 1300s. Many pieces in its collection were brought together by Danish kings from the 16th century onwards. In 1849, this collection was transferred to the state, becoming the people’s art collection in the process.

At the moment, the gallery is hosting an exhibition on the Golden Age of Danish painting. Covering one of the country’s best-loved periods, the exhibition features more than 200 paintings from across the 19th century. Legendary artists such as Christen Købke, C.W. Eckersberg and Elisabeth Jerichau-Baumann are all represented, alongside hidden gems of Denmark’s art scene.

Statens Museum For Kunst Venue Hire

The Statens Museum is also an excellent venue to hold major events like award ceremonies, formal dinners, receptions or anything else that needs a spacious, inspiring setting. A particular highlight of the museum is its glass-roofed Sculpture Street, which has been used for dinner parties, receptions, shows and product launches. Sculpture Street and the nearby Stage can accommodate 1,000 standing people, or 700 seated for dinner.

5. Guggenheim Museum Bilboa, Bilboa

This Spanish museum was constructed during the mid-90s, and designed by top architect Frank Gehry. Almost half of its 24,000 square metres are dedicated to exhibition space, which features works by the likes of Jeff Koons, Mark Rothko and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

An upcoming highlight of the museum’s calendar is an exhibition of works from the Kunsthalle Bremen, a museum in Germany. Focusing on German and French art from the 19th and 20th centuries, this collection of pictures, sculptures, prints and drawings will be presented to Spanish audiences for the first time. Multiple art movements will be represented, including Impressionism, Expressionism and the Romantic era.

Guggenheim Bilboa Venue Hire

The Guggenheim Bilboa offers museum space to companies in its Corporate Membership Program. However, the museum may consider other requests on an exceptional basis. Choose from five different venues with capacity ranges from 40 people seated, to up to 800 standing:

  • The Library—seating for 40 people
  • Education Room—First floor seating for 50 people and standing for 80; second floor standing for 50 people
  • The Hall—standing capacity for 300 people; available outside of opening hours
  • Auditorium—seating for 300 people
  • Atrium—seating for 400 people, standing capacity for 800 people, available outside of opening hours

6. Alte Nationalgallerie, Berlin

This gallery was first established in 1861. It is the original home of Berlin’s Nationalgalerie, though its artworks now appear in multiple venues. The original building suffered heavy damage during the Second World War, eventually closing in 1998 for extensive repairs. It reopened three years later on the museum’s 125th anniversary.

Art fans can look forward to an exhibit on Gustave Caillebotte, a key figure in the French Impressionist movement. The gallery will be hosting “Paris Street; Rainy Day”, a 19th century painting that’s considered one of the painter’s most important works. It’s only appeared in Europe before on rare occasions, and this will be the first time it’s appeared in Berlin.

Alte Nationalgallerie Venue Hire

If you’d like to hire the gallery for private use, you can use the gallery’s foyer and staircase, Sculpture Hall or German-Roman Hall. The foyer is perfect for receptions, hosting up to 130 people. The Sculpture Hall and German-Roman Hall are ideal for lectures and ceremonial acts; the former can hold up to 80 people, while the latter can hold up to 150. The Sculpture Hall is also suitable for dining. Photos and floor plans are available on request.

7. Royal Museums of Fine Arts, Brussels

Covering six distinct venues, these Belgian museums cover 700 years of the visual arts. Their focus ranges from a single artist (in the Magritte museum) to the work of people across four centuries (in the Old Masters museum). The Magritte Museum is hosting a very exciting event next year; for the very first time it will bring together work by Salvador Dalí and René Magritte, two icons of the Surrealist movement. The personal and philosophical links between these two artists will be revealed through 80 paintings and drawings, as well as sculptures, photographs and films.

Royal Museums of Fine Arts Venue Hire

Across these museums, there are several venues available for hire. The Forum can accommodate up to 700 people and seat 400, while the Magritte Museum’s Magritte Room can hold up to 220. If you require something smaller, the Museum Cafe can hold up to 150 people instead.

As an added bonus, each event can be paired with a private visit to the museum’s collection. Wow your delegates with both a gorgeous venue and some invaluable historical background!

8. Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest

Hungary’s national gallery opened in 1957 as a showcase for Hungarian art. It moved into Buda Palace—a 14th-century royal residence—in 1975. The palace’s dome is a national landmark, offering unparalleled views of Hungary’s capital.

In addition to several permanent exhibitions, the gallery offers a mix of temporary attractions. One highlight is their exhibit on water motifs in European paintings. Covering over 50 pieces, the paintings depict waterfront landscapes, stories from myth and many other scenarios.

Hungarian National Gallery Venue Hire

As a former royal palace, the gallery has some impressive venues for hire. Their halls can house gala dinners for 600 people, or receptions for 700. Their terraces are suitable for smaller receptions (i.e. between 15 and 80 people) and they offer stunning city views. Thematic guided tours and unique program offers are also available.

9. Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

Ireland’s Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) uses the grounds of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, built in the 17th century. Additionally, 48 acres of land surrounds the museum itself, and includes formal gardens, meadows and a cafe with homemade food.

The museum is mixing things up by looking at the links between two legendary artists—Lucian Freud and Jack B. Yeats. This special exhibition brings together works by the artists for the first time in 70 years. A total of 57 oil paintings will be available for the public to view.

Irish Museum of Modern Art Venue Hire

The North Range of the hospital building and the grounds are available for use by private and corporate clients. Whether you want to host a wedding, product launches, gala banquets, conference or exhibition, the museum is happy to oblige. The impressive windows and high ceilings of the venue are reminiscent of its classical 17th century origins, and offer a unique backdrop for event delegates to admire.

As of summer 2019, the hospital is undergoing renovations; however, it will be available for hire soon.

10. Kunstmuseum, Bern

This Swiss museum first opened in 1879. It’s the oldest museum in Switzerland with a permanent collection, which includes more than 50,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, films and other pieces. With works by the likes of Picasso, Klee and Oppenheim, the Kunstmuseum has gained an international reputation.

In honour of the Apollo 11 moon landings (which are celebrating their 50th anniversary) the museum is hosting an exhibition on artwork of the moon from across history. Visitors can enjoy works by artists like Nell Walden, Sebald Beham and Ernst Kreidolf. The exhibition runs until the 20th of October 2019.

Kunstmuseum Venue Hire

The Kunstmuseum also has several museum rooms available for private hire. These are suitable for a variety of both large and small events, and they can be accompanied by supporting programs. Options include private guided tours of the exhibitions; you can even request selections of paintings, with a specific theme of your choice.

Visitors to Europe have plenty of options when it comes to hosting their next event. We at Stagefreight are happy to lend you our expertise; over the years, we’ve developed an in-depth understanding of the event business, particularly event haulage.

Our work takes us across Europe on a regular basis, and we’re eager to make your next event an unforgettable one. Moreover, we pride ourselves on our quick turnaround skills, and we can plan the most cost-effective and fuel-efficient route to any venue.

If you think we’re a good fit for your next event, conference or exhibition, take a look at our complete range of transport services. Already have an event in mind? Call us on 0113 797 898 to speak to one of the team directly for expert advice on event haulage.

12 trade show superstars of Europe

As experts in exhibition transport, we at Stagefreight know the value of a good trade show. For many professionals, the annual trade show is a highlight of their work calendar.

And now is an excellent time to shine the spotlight on industry trade shows across Europe.

We’ve rounded up some of the biggest trade shows in their respective industries. As we’ve come to learn, there’s nothing that’s too obscure or niche for a trade show.

From hi-tech materials to luxury coffee beans, there really is something out there to represent every industry!

1. Stage Set Scenery

stage set design light

A must-see trade show for all stage managers and theatre planners is the bi-annual Stage-Set-Scenery in Berlin. The next one is in June 2019 and covers technology trends for all things entertainment.

It started in 2015 and welcomes exhibitors from over 21 countries and welcomed over 6,000 visitors in 2017.

The German theatre technology association runs the trade show, so there’s a strong focus on technology that makes a stage manager’s life easier while also wowing the audience.

Exhibitors showcase products for stage technology, stage planning, lighting and illumination designs, as well as audio technology, costume design and theatre furnishing.

For anyone in the theatre, film or event sector, then Stage-Set-Scenery is a great trade show to get the latest technology trends for all things entertainment. Find out more about next year’s trade show on the official page here.

2. Dental World

dentist in clinic

Budapest is home to the 2018 Dental World conference & trade show. This conference for all dentists and dental manufacturers has been running since 2000 and is growing year on year in popularity.

It’s a three-day event with multiple speakers covering key areas of the dental industry. The dental trade show is an opportunity to share research findings and the latest technological advancements of manufacturers.

This year’s exhibition runs from the 11th – 13th of October and will cover stomatological equipment & tools, stomatological medicines,modern technologies in dentistry and equipping plus organisation best practice of dental rooms and clinics.

Find out more about the key speakers and exhibitors on the official page.

3. Hanover Messe

trade show mechanic cogs

Founded in 1947, Hanover Messe is one of the world’s largest trade fairs. It’s dedicated to all areas of industrial technology and targets a vast range of sectors, including agriculture, transportation, manufacturing and education.

This year’s April show focused on the idea of ‘integrated industry’ or how things like energy technology, automation and AI affect the wider industrial landscape.

To that end, it hosted cutting-edge technologies such as self-learning robots and e-mobility (vehicles that are more environmentally friendly).

The show also hosted more than 600 exhibitors and 210,000 trade visitors over five days. Of those visitors, 70,000 came from outside Germany, proving this is a trade show with truly global reach!

Whatever industry you work in, the findings at Hanover Messe are likely to affect what you do in the long run. 2019’s show will run from Monday the 1st to Friday the 5th of April; visit the official website for more details.

4. Bellavita Expo

 pizza trade show

If you’re interested in Italian food, trade shows don’t get much better than this! The Bellavita Expo in London is the UK’s biggest trade event promoting Italian food and beverages. It’s perfect for restaurant owners, retail buyers, hoteliers and other professionals in food-related industries.

Dozens of exhibitors from all corners of the country will be attending, giving you the widest possible range of foods to explore.

Outside of the exhibitors, there’s also plenty to look forward to. Wine aficionados can enjoy the Best UK Sommelier Award, while the more business-minded can get the latest info on UK pizza trends. Hospitality professionals, meanwhile, can learn how their jobs will be affected by the digital future.

All this and more is waiting for you at the London show, with additional events in Amsterdam, Moscow, Bangkok, Mexico City and Chicago.

This year’s London show runs from Sunday the 17th to Monday the 19th of June. For further details (including a full list of exhibitors and events) visit the official website.

5. Materials 2018

exhibition welding

When we buy cars or a smartphones, we’re not just enjoying their functionality. We’re appreciating the premium materials used to make these products. Held in the Netherlands, Materials 2018 explores the materials we use, and how they can make- or break- a product.

The trade show is one of the biggest meeting points for engineers and product developers. Buyers, production managers and consultants can also benefit from attending.

Visitors will be able to learn about the latest hi-tech materials, analysis tools, welding, adhesives and other bindings plus everything else in the modern materials scene.

They’ll also learn how to tackle familiar problems like corrosion, wear and fatigue on the materials they use.

With more than 80 exhibitors and an extensive knowledge program, this is a fascinating event with a laser focus on its subject matter. This year’s show runs from Wednesday the 30th to Thursday the 31st of May. Learn more about it on the official website.

6. in-cosmetics Global

cosmetic trade show lipsticks

Described as ‘the leading global event for personal care ingredients’, this French trade event is the first choice for cosmetics and makeup professionals. More than 800 cosmetic ingredients suppliers exhibit their wares to finished product manufacturers. Each group can also take the chance to network and learn about the latest developments in skincare, haircare, colour cosmetics and much more.

Besides exhibitors, in-cosmetics Global offers many different workshops, seminars and live demonstrations.

This year’s exhibition examines suncare protection, cosmetic clinical study, the future of cosmetics R&D and formulating personal care products.

And if that’s not enough of an incentive, major brands including L’oreal, Unilever and Estee Lauder visit the show.

Next year’s show runs from Tuesday the 2nd of April. Learn more at the official website.

7. World Ophthalmology Congress

eyecare trade show

Eye health is a vital consideration for practically everyone, so it’s no surprise there’s a global event for it. First held in 1857, the World Ophthalmology Congress is the longest continuous international medical meeting. It takes place every two years in a different region of the world; Barcelona is the location for 2018. It’s an amazing showcase for the latest products and services the field has to offer!

This year, the WOC boasts a scientific program of more than 350 sessions addressing every facet of eye health. There will also be more than 140 companies and organisations attending.

Each one will be showing a range of innovative ophthalmology products and services.

It’s the perfect opportunity to meet with industry figures and learn about the latest advances in imaging, technology and pharmaceuticals! Add 22 industry-sponsored symposia and a welcome reception into the mix, and this is a trade show eye care professionals can’t afford to miss!

This year’s show runs from Sunday the 17th to Tuesday the 19th of June. Visit the official website for full details.

8. Europort 2019

boat show

Europort is ‘the international maritime meeting place for innovative technology and complex shipbuilding’.

The exhibition focus on special purpose ships like construction vessels, workboats and super yachts.

2018’s show brought in more than 26,000 visitors from 93 countries; a similar number is anticipated for 2019, along with 1,100 exhibiting companies.

If you’re a shipyard manager, engineer or maritime manufacturer, Europort is perfect for you!

Visitors to the event can enjoy a diverse conference programme, helping you get the very best out of your boats. 2017’s programme covered topics like the data revolution, eco-friendly boats and maritime career opportunities. Exhibitors can also make use of a Speaker’s Corner, where they’ll have the chance to give a technical presentation for 20 minutes.

2019’s Europort event runs from Monday the 5th to Thursday the 8th of November. Learn all about what Eurport has to offer at the official site.

9. European Coffee Expo

coffee expo

For many professionals, coffee is the one thing that gets them through the workday. The European Coffee Expo is dedicated to coffee (and other popular drinks) in all its shapes and forms, making it a must-visit for any drinks purchaser. The coffee exhibition is also ideal for anyone in hospitality from artisan coffee shops to contract caterers.

Held in London’s Olympia venue, the European Coffee Expo lets visitors meet dozens of suppliers in one place. You’ll be able to see major brands like Alpro and Brita, as well as more unusual companies like Climpson & Sons and Single Estate Teas.

As well as the impressive exhibitor list, the event offers a free conference programme.

Learn about developing new talent in your workplace, the story behind Costa Express and surviving the 5th wave of coffee.

If you or someone you know needs to brush up on your coffee skills, the event offers a free taster session from the Specialty Coffee Association. Delve into what makes a good barista, learn how to brew a great cup and get the latest on roasting the perfect beans.

2018’s event runs from Tuesday the 22nd to Wednesday the 23rd of May; we expect we’ll hear the dates for 2019’s event very soon. For full details on this year’s event, visit the official website.

10. WindEnergy Hamburg

wind turbine at energy expo

Renewable energy continues to gather pace as the future of global energy production.

This September, Hamburg is hosting one of the wind industry’s biggest meetings. It’s actually two events in one; WindEnergy Hamburg is a platform for exhibitors, while WindEurope is a global conference about onshore and offshore energy production.

If you’re involved in any aspect of wind energy- like construction, design, finance or logistics- there’s something for you at WindEnergy Hamburg.

The expo covers all aspects of modern wind production. You can learn about the latest news on offshore turbines, mechanical and electrical components, smart energy and materials. You can also delve into secondary topics like finance & insurance and health & safety.

The conference runs over four days and offers many different learning and networking opportunities. You can learn about electrification in various sectors, how to improve wind farm functionality, and how to operate in a merchant environment. You’ll also be able to attend several social and side events, where you can speak to many different industry figures.

This event runs from Tuesday the 25th to Friday the 28th of September. For more information you can visit the official website.

11. K 2019


Although we’re working to reduce our use of plastic, it still plays a major role in our day-to-day lives.

This Düsseldorf exhibition is the world’s ‘number one trade fair for plastics and rubber’, covering many different aspects of its use.

Visitors to the show can learn about many different areas of plastic production including raw materials, technical parks, machinery and equipment and the future of plastic production. 2016’s show also had a number of special events on exciting developments in plastic, their impact on modern living spaces and the ongoing problem of marine litter.

2019’s event runs from Tuesday the 16th to Friday the 19th of October. The official website has additional information.

12. London Toy Fair

teddy at toy fair London

We think a lot of people would love to sneak into this one! The London Toy Fair is the UK’s biggest trade event for the toy industry. It’s aimed at buyers, merchandisers, designers and anyone else associated with the trade.

It also attracts plenty of toy manufacturers; last year’s show attracting more than 260 companies including the likes of Tomy, Hasbro and Games Workshop.

Retailers can plan their product range for the year ahead, getting up close and personal with the toys of tomorrow. They can also take advantage of many on-site retail offers, and see various toys in action at the fair’s new demo zone!

The next toy fair runs from Tuesday the 22nd to Thursday the 24th of September 2019. For more details visit the official website.

These are just some of the weird and wonderful shows running in Europe over the next few months.

If you’re looking to run a similar event, Stagefreight are the experts in exhibition transport you can count on.

Our team of professionals offer great exhibition transport. Once they arrive, our drivers will support you through the exhibition and work as you need them to. A Stagefreight team on site means your exhibition will go off without a hitch!

Due to our experience, we’re an excellent choice for exhibition transport if you’re exhibiting abroad. We handle all the necessary paperwork and documentation for travel overseas, ensuring you can do your job with complete peace of mind. We can also provide branding options for exhibition trailers. This is a highly effective method of advertising, and it’s a great way to get the word out for your event!

Give us a call today on 0113 797 898 or visit our Contact Us page for more information.