Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen
The Boijmans Van Beuningen Depot is the first art storage facility in the world that offers access to a museum’s complete collection without the mediation of a curator. The Depot has a different dynamic to that of the museum: there are no exhibitions, but the public can browse amongst 70,000 artworks, alone or with a guide, and get behind-the-scenes glimpses of conservation, restoration and provenance research.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s collection is world famous. It has been growing for 165 years and currently contains some 145,000 objects. Our museum has grown from the human desire to collect and share one’s collection with others, we want to share our art with as many people as possible.
The publicly accessible Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen is a world first. The concept and the building are attracting substantial media attention both in the Netherlands and abroad. On this page, you can read a selection of articles about Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen in the national and international press.
Today, we are breaking new ground by building the world’s first and only public depot that will make an entire collection accessible to the public and safe for future generations. In 2020, the new 40 metre high Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen building will open right next to the museum. The urgent responsibility to safeguard the collection from unsafe depots, gives us the unique opportunity to create something entirely novel, in true Rotterdam spirit.