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 compartment
Visit a compartment
Every day we also welcome visitors in all the Depot’s storage and working areas. Would you like to participate and see the entire 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
In collaboration with eleven fashion design graduates of the Willem de Kooning Academy, a film was made to present the special and unique outfits of the young designers.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is loaning the world-famous painting ‘The Tower of Babel’ by Pieter Bruegel the Elder to the Hermitage Amsterdam, a gesture of solidarity with the museum on the Amstel. The painting can be admired there from 26 July.
The Rotterdam depot has won the public award of the Architizer A+ Awards. The prize is an addition to a run of prizes with which the successful depot design of MVRDV has already been awarded.
This autumn, director Sjarel Ex will leave the museum in Rotterdam that he has led for the past eighteen years. With the museum itself closed for renovation, the collection is more accessible than ever in the new Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, where the preservation of and research into the collection continues apace.