The sector Collection and Research ensures that the c. 140,000 art works owned by Museum Boijmans van Beuningen are preserved and managed in the best possible way. Loans and supporting loans for use to third parties are also core activities of this sector. Other responsibilities include the registration and archiving of the collection, both in a factual sense and in the form of research or supervising research.
The sector consists of the Conservation and restoration department - responsible for managing the depository and for active and passive conservation of the objects in the collection
- and the Documentation Centre for information about the collection and the history of the museum. In addition, five registrars are employed for the various sections of the collection.
The Conservation and restoration department has a broad role in advising, monitoring and implementing the presentation and conservation of the art works in general. The internal restoration studio is specialised in restoring works on paper. The restoration of paintings and other objects is undertaken by external restorers, in assignment from and under the supervision of the museum.
The Documentation centre is responsible for the registration and archiving of objects in the collection and for documenting the history of Museum Boijmans van Beuningen. The Museum library is part of the Documentation centre and acts as the primary information centre for visitors. The library is responsible for building up a specialised collection of publications relating to the collections and the history of the museum.