Science Fiction
A Journey into the Unknown

March 16, 2019 – June 30, 2019 This exhibition has ended
Step into the fascinating world of science fiction and discover the ongoing human quest for the unknown – on our own planet and in a remote part of the universe. More than 850 unique objects show the incredible imagination and inventiveness of the human mind. Travel through time and space with film clips and video installations, rare manuscripts and drawings, books and comics, art and design, and admire the many costumes, masks, models and props from film classics like Star Wars, Star Trek and Godzilla.

The exhibition provides a detailed and large scale overview of more than a hundred years of science fiction, as well as affording a glimpse into the future of this tremendously popular genre. ‘Science Fiction: A Journey into the Unknown’ presents the unknown on our own planet in Extraordinary Voyages, the infinite universe in Space Odysseys, the origin of utopian or dystopian worlds in Brave New Worlds, and the world of technology in Final Frontiers.

Visual spectacle

Darth Vader’s warrior helmet, Spock’s space suit, an original manuscript from 1865 from Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days and the dinosaur egg from Jurassic Park are just a few of the many highlights. You can also immerse yourself in a multi-screen installation with an episode from the Netflix hit series Black Mirror specially adapted for the exhibition. Don’t miss this visual spectacle – for the genuine fans and for everyone who likes to marvel at a universe in which fantasy and reality merge!

Exhibition partner

The exhibition is curated and organised by Barbican International Enterprises and coproduced by Brandts - Museum of Art & Visual Culture, Denmark and Onassis Cultural Centre, Greece, in collaboration with Kunsthal Rotterdam. 

Skip the line

Sci-Fi Weekend

Sci-Fi Weekend

13 April 2019 - 14 April 2019
Young and old can dive deep into the world of the unknown during the Sci-Fi weekend. On Saturday 13 April the enhancement programme includes a lecture on extra-terrestrial life by Vincent Icke, Professor of Theoretical Astronomy and Cosmology. Sunday 14 April is Kunsthal Family Day, with the focus on joining in and taking part in workshops, tours, music and dance.

More info

Sci-Fi Cult & Classic Films in LantarenVenster

A special sci-fi film programme has been put together in conjunction with the LantarenVenster cinema. A sci-fi classic will be screened there each month, including Ridley Scott’s Alien and Blade Runner and Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. The films will be introduced by guest speakers, including Tamar Stelling, editor of non-human life for De Correspondent, and Professor of Cosmology Vincent Icke. There will also be more obscure films that enjoy a cult status, such as La Planète Sauvage, On the Silver Globe and Hard to be a God. The complete film programme will be posted shortly.



ScienceFiction_Kunsthal_FotoMarcoDeSwart_LR (2).jpg
Image of the Exhibition ‘Science Fiction: A Journey into the Unknown’, photo ©Marco De Swart
1. Photography by Dan Tobin Smith, design by Praline (landscape)_LR.jpg
Campaign image ‘Science Fiction: A Journey into the Unknown’ Design by Praline, photo credit Dan Tobin Smith
#13 Into the Unknown.jpg
Into the Unknown - London (Credit Tristan Fewings, Getty)
17. On the first Lunar cosmodrome, Moscow Design Musuem.jpg
Postcard 'On the first Lunar cosmodrome', Andrey Sokolov and Aleksey Leonov. 1968, Moscow Design Museum
26. Film Still Star Trek The Motion Picture, Paramount.jpg
Film still 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture' ©Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved
Friday open until 22:00
On 19 April - during Friday Night LIVE - the Kunsthal will be open in the evening.
Book your tickets
Kunsthal & Cookies
During your online visit to Kunsthal Rotterdam we always use functional and analytical cookies. To show you content such as videos and advertisements based on your interests, we ask your permission to use marketing cookies. You can adjust your preferences at any time. Read our cookie statement and updated privacy statement.
These cookies enables the website to work like it should. These cookies are not optional.
These cookies are set by third parties, like YouTube or Vimeo.
These cookies allow us to measure the usage of the website and improve it accordingly.
These cookies allow our advertising partners to offer content tailormade for you.
When you disable categories, some functionality in the website might not work correctly. It's possible to change your preferences at any time. More information.