About the Fair
1. How do I become an exhibitor at TEFAF?
Unfortunately there are very few to none vacancies at the Fair and there is a substantial waiting list. If you would like to formally apply for participation at TEFAF Maastricht, please complete the
. Applicants for TEFAF Showcase should register on
2. What does TEFAF stand for?
TEFAF stands for The European Fine Art Foundation, the organiser of the Fair. The Fair itself is also called TEFAF, The European Fine Art Fair, also known as The Maastricht Fair.
3. When was TEFAF founded?
In 1985 the international antiques fair in Valkenburg and the international Pictura in Maastricht were merged to form Antiquairs International and Pictura Fine Art Fair. Pictura, which featured paintings, prints and drawings, had been set up in 1975, Antiqua had been running as an antiques fair since 1978. In 1988 the Fair moved its venue to the MECC in Maastricht and took its present name, TEFAF, which stands for The European Fine Art Fair. To find out more click on
4. What does the TEFAF logo symbolise?
The falcon (valk in Dutch) refers to Valkenburg, a town some 12 km to the east of the city of Maastricht, home to Antiquairs International, the pallette and brushes to Pictura Fine Art Fair. These two international fairs merged in 1985 and became TEFAF (The European Fine Art Fair) in 1988. The logo was introduced in 1989. In 2012 the need for a more contemporary appearance meant that the falcon needed to be redesigned. The new look reduces it to its essence creating a more modern, appealing and dynamic symbol. The diagonal lines were kept to create a sense of movement and the new typography, which is exclusive to TEFAF, was inspired by the falcon’s shape. Just like the falcon’s eye, which is one of the most accurate in nature, the symbol reminds us of the importance of focusing on the essential. This kind of precision and detail is also to be found at the Fair.
5. What is the size of the Fair?
TEFAF is split into nine sections representing every conceivable form of art and antiques. For more information on each section please
The Fair is over 31,000 m2 (= 101,700 square feet).
6. How many objects are offered for sale?
Circa 35,000 objects are offered for sale at the Fair.
7. What is the total value of the objects presented at the Fair?
This is unknown. Exhibitors at TEFAF arrange insurance for their art collection.
8. Can I buy the works of art?
All works of art shown by exhibitors at the Fair (except for stand furniture) are for sale.
9. How can I be sure about the quality and the legitimacy of the works of art offered at the Fair?
29 vetting committees, consisting of circa 175 international experts, specialised in the fields that are present at TEFAF, examine each object for its quality, authenticity and condition. Works of art that don't meet the high standards of TEFAF are removed from the stands and locked away until after the Fair. Besides, the Art Loss Register, the world's largest database of stolen art, checks the objects against their lists of reported art theft. Thus enabling collectors to acquire works of art at the Fair with the highest level of confidence. To find out more on TEFAF's vetting click on Introduction,
10. How many exhibitors participate at TEFAF?
Over 260 art and antiques dealers from 20 countries. Circa 85 % of the participants are non-Dutch. Six dealers exhibit in TEFAF Showcase.
11. Who is exhibiting at the Fair?
12. Which other fairs are organised by TEFAF?
TEFAF also organises PAN Amsterdam
, a national art and antiques fair with about 125 Dutch and Belgian participants, which takes place in November every year in the RAI in Amsterdam.
Practical Fair Information
13. When will this year's Fair take place? And when is the opening (Preview)?
The 2016 Fair will take place from Friday 11 March to Sunday 20 March 2016. Tickets can be bought at the Fair from 11 to 20 March or via the online Shop
(until ca. 14 days prior to the Fair). The Preview takes place on Thursday March 10th and is by invitation of one of our dealers or sponsors only. It is not possible to buy tickets for the opening at the Fair or to order these tickets in advance.
14. When are the next Fairs?
In 2017, TEFAF will be from 10-19 March.
In 2018, TEFAF will be from 9-18 March.
In 2019, TEFAF will be from 15-24 March.
In 2020, TEFAF will be from 13-22 March.
15. What are the opening times of the Fair?
The Fair is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily except for the final Sunday, when it closes at 6 p.m.
16. What is the entrance fee?
The entrance fee is € 55.00 including the catalogue, a double ticket is € 90.00 including one catalogue. For detailed information about prices, click on
. To order in advance (until ca. 14 days prior to the Fair), please visit our
18. Is there a Concierge service at TEFAF?
TEFAF offers visitors a Concierge service, which will take care of your needs and make your stay in Maastricht a wonderful experience. Please note that these services are not without charge. Click on
for more information.
19. Are there wheelchairs at the Fair?
Yes, there are circa eight wheelchairs available. A reservation for a free wheelchair can be made in advance by calling the reception desk of the MECC, tel. +31 (0)43 383 83 83. The wheelchair can be collected from the MECC reception desk in the main entrance area of the fair on the left hand side, indicated with an "I". Companions of disabled visitors are allowed free entry to the Fair.
20. Are dogs allowed?
No, dogs are not allowed at the Fair.
21. Are there lockers?
No, but there are manned cloakrooms
22. Can I take objects to the Fair to have them valued?
Our vetting rules do not allow for objects to be brought to the fair for valuation.
23. Are photography and filming allowed at TEFAF?
At TEFAF only accredited media are allowed to film and photograph. Accreditation must be obtained prior to the fair. Go to www.tefafpress.com
for further information.
24. Does the Fair have food and beverage facilities?
At the Fair a variety of catering facilities is available, ranging from served and sell-service terraces, champagne and coffee bars to a restaurant (for reservations: please visit our Fair restaurants page
25. How do I get the Fair catalogue?
You can buy/collect the Fair catalogue at the catalogue desk near the entrance of the Fair. If you want to receive the catalogue by post, please go to
our online Shop
. The Fair catalogue is also online from February (under
26. Can I just buy a catalogue without visiting the Fair?
Yes you can (if available). Click on
, or collect your catalogue at the TEFAF information desk in the main entrance area of the MECC. The Fair catalogue is also online from January (under
27. Can I still order Fair catalogues from previous years?
Yes, if they are still available. Click on
28. Is there a list of all works of art represented at the Fair?
No, there isn't. The Fair catalogue lists each exhibitor with an illustrated example of their specialty.
29. Who is responsible for the flowers at the Fair?
Ten Kate, Deventer, tel. +31 (0)570 61 22 73
30. How to find the Fair?
When driving, follow the signs MECC when entering Maastricht. For detailed information, click on
or go to the
During the Fair there is a free shuttle service to and from a number of hotels in Maastricht. Please enquire at your hotel for departure times.
31. Are there parking facilities at the MECC?
There is a parking garage, capacity 900 cars, which is connected to the MECC by an overhead tunnel. Surrounding the MECC buildings are another 1,600 outdoor parking spaces. Parking is not for free.
32. Which airports are close to Maastricht?
Maastricht-Aachen Airport, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Eindhoven Airport, Zaventem Airport Brussels, Düsseldorf Airport and Cologne / Bonn Airport. Go to Visit
for further information.
33. How do I get from Zaventem Airport to the Fair?
The easiest way is to take a taxi. You might want to make a reservation in advance.
34. How do I get from the train station in Liège to the Fair?
You can take a taxi (20 minute drive). You might want to make a reservation in advance. You can also take a train to Maastricht Randwyck Station from where it is a 4 minutes walk to the fair (please follow signs MECC).
During the Fair there is a free shuttle service to and from a number of hotels in Maastricht. The shuttle also stops at Maastricht Central Station. Please enquire at your hotel for departure times.
35. How do I order a taxi at the Fair?
You can make your reservations for a taxi at the Transport Desk in the main entrance area of the Fair. During the Fair there is a free shuttle service to and from a number of hotels in Maastricht. Please enquire at your hotel for departure times.
36. How can I find out information about Maastricht?
Check the Your Stay in Maastricht page
for further information about Maastricht, hotels and restaurants, and activities in the region during TEFAF.
37. How do I get a hotel in Maastricht?
38. What is the During TEFAF festival?
During the Fair the whole city will be
bustling with impressive exhibitions, unique theatre and music productions,
breath-taking dance performances and special events. It is the perfect
opportunity to taste the unique range of Dutch and international flavours
offered by Maastricht. More information and reservations: www.duringtefaf.com
39. How far is the shopping centre of Maastricht from the Fair?
The distance is about 2 km (1.3 miles). When taking the new pedestrian bridge over the river Meuse (just behind the Bonnefanten Museum) it is a 20 minutes walk. By taxi it will take about 8 minutes.
40. Which rules apply at the Fair?
In order to make TEFAF a pleasant experience, we ask that our guests comply with a few basic rules:
- Large bags, backpacks and umbrellas must be deposited at the coat check before entering the exhibition halls
- Dogs and other pets are not permitted in the exhibition halls
- Jewellery in handbags must be reported before you enter the fair
- Please do not bring art or antiques for valuation
- Taking photos and making videos is not allowed unless the exhibitor or visitor has given permission
- Unofficial guided tours are not allowed
- Smoking is allowed in the smoking areas
- Objects are secured electronically
- There is strict security at the Fair and security personnel are permitted to search visitors