Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen is the world’s first publicly accessible art storage facility. The depot is located next to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Museumpark in Rotterdam. Visitors can see the result of 173 years of collecting. More than 151,000 objects housed together, arranged in fourteen storage compartments with five different climates. Next to the objects, all the activities that go into preserving and managing a collection are on open view in the building.
Discover the Depot
The depot is not a museum
Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen is the first art storage facility in the world that offers access to a museum’s complete collection. The Depot has a different dynamic to that of the museum: there are no exhibitions, but you can wander through the building, surrounded by 151,000 artworks, alone or with a guide, and get behind-the-scenes glimpses of - among other things - conservation and restoration.Plan your visit
Visit a depot space
During free walk-in tours we also welcome visitors to see each depot storage and working area. Would you like to participate and see the collection up close? Reserve a place for free at the start of your visit. Please note that capacity is limited. If you want more information, ask a member of the Depot’s staff in the entrance area.Plan your visit
The Depot has a (literally) glistening exterior and a spectacular interior. Another special experience awaits visitors who take the express lift to the sixth floor. The Depot’s roof not only provides a spectacular panoramic view of the city, but it also has a a restaurant, named Renilde, led by chef Jim de Jong, beautifully situated in a green oasis. And all of this in the heart of Rotterdam!More about Restaurant Renilde
The Depot is a workplace. Who works in the Depot?
The Depot as a unique technical challenge
The Depot as a Maze
Objects cannot be moved without that being recorded
How do you care for a collection?
Transfer knowledge to the public
The entire collection in a single building
On 22 November, Maya and Irina, Shirt Symphony Collection were married in Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, with no fewer than forty pupils from Rotterdam’s Mariaschool as witnesses. After the festive wedding ceremony, the pupils set to work making the official announcement card. The happy couple have taken up residence in the atrium, H01.02.
For a year, the interior of the depot has been reflecting the bustle around the care and activities of seven centuries of art. More than a quarter of a million people have visited the Rotterdam icon in the past 365 days.
Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen wins the Dutch Design Award 2022 in the category Habitat. The award ceremony was in Eindhoven during Dutch Design Week.
Sjarel Ex waved goodbye to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen at an Open House in the Depot on Friday 30 September. His farewell included a kaleidoscopic programme of talks, interventions, performances, poetry and music.
‘Greatest Surrealist of us all’ added to Dutch cultural heritage. State Secretary Uslu unveils a new jewel in the crown of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s collection - a painting by Joan Miró.