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 172 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
Browse among 151,000 art objects
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 browse amongst 151,000 artworks, alone or with a guide, and get behind-the-scenes glimpses of - among other things - conservation and restoration.Plan your visit
With a guide
With a guide
Every day we also conduct guided tours of 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 (possible soon!). 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?
The entire collection in a single building
Over the next three months, approximately 151,000 artefacts will be transported from five external storage facilities to the new Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam and installed in their new home. The rehousing on an unprecedented scale of all these works – the result of ‘172 years of collecting from across five centuries of paintings, drawings, sculptures, design objects and other artistic items’ – has begun.
6 April 2020 – Today sees the start of the installation of 75 trees on the roof garden of Rotterdam’s Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, the world’s first publicly accessible art storage facility, designed by MVRDV.
Work continues at the Depot construction site, but due to COVID-19, the building contractor, Royal BAM Group, has taken strict measures to ensure the health of its workers. Hans Polderman, project director: ‘We are working with fewer people and with permanent teams as much as possible. And those who can are working from home’.
Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen was on the front page of The New York Times on the weekend of 4 and 5 January.
The highest point of Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam has been reached. The reflective building, designed by MVRDV, now stands at 39.5 metres high. Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, the world’s first publicly accessible art storage facility, will open in fall 2021.
All 276 piles have been ‘bammed in’! On 17 March, the first pile of Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen was turned into the ground by the Mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb. He announced the moment with the following words: “a few days after the [general] election, the first pile has been ‘bammed’ into the ground; we are going to BAM!’ making a pun on the name of the contractor: BAM.