Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Architecture, Museum

The museum is closed due to renovations.

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen will undergo a necessary long-term renovation from 27 May 2019. The largescale refurbishment and modernisation is expected to take seven years. During this Transit period, eight institutions and museums across Rotterdam will be holding exhibitions with works of art from the museum collection under the title ‘Boijmans Next Door’. The collection will also be presented abroad by means of touring exhibitions. Meanwhile, the construction of the Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen continues apace. The world’s first publicly accessible art storage facility will open in 2021 and will safely house and display the museum’s collection of 151,000 artworks.

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is one of the oldest museums in the Netherlands. Its collection is built on the legacy of jurist Frans Jacob Otto Boijmans, who left his personal collection to the city of Rotterdam in 1849. In 1958, the name of benefactor Daniël George van Beuningen was added to the museum after the acquisition of his collection. The current museum building opened in 1935; it is a historic building designed specially for the collection by city architect Adrian van der Steur. The stately presence in red brick houses intimate galleries and amply sized salons in which the art can be viewed in natural light. The collection includes paintings, sculptures and objects, as well as an important collection of drawings and etchings. It features many major Dutch and European works spanning the period from the early middle ages to the 21st century, from Van Bosch to Rembrandt, and from Van Gogh to Dalí and Dutch Design.


Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is located adjacent to Museumpark in the Museumkwartier district and is easy to get to by metro or tram 7 or 20 (Eendrachtsplein stop). From Rotterdam Central Station, it is about a 15-minute walk. The Museumpark parking garage is adjacent to the museum building and the new Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen. 

Boijmans in transit

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen begins its programme of renovation in 2019. While the work is being carried out, part of the museum’s famous collection will continue to be seen in and around Rotterdam – in school classrooms, possibly in a building in Rotterdam South and from 2021 onwards in the Boijmans Van Beuningen Depot. The collection will also be travelling to some of the world’s top museums.