Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen is the world’s first publicly accessible art storage facility.
* The Depot is accessible only with an online ticket
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 152,000 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 152,000 artworks, alone or with a guide, and get behind-the-scenes glimpses of - among other things - conservation and restoration.Plan your visit
See thousands of artworks on six floors
And make your own collection
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
Exclusive entry to storage compartments
Learn more about the architecture
Interesting stories about the collection
Pose your questions to a guide
our depot ticket allows you to take a free guided tour during your visit (subject to availability)Buy tickets now more information
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
Drinks, lunch and dinner…
On Rotterdam’s most beautiful roof
Wed-Sat, 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. with reservation (kitchen until 10 p.m.)
The Depot boasts a stunning exterior and a spectacular interior. Take the glass lift to the sixth floor and discover something even more special: a panoramic view over the city from the roof terrace, as well as Restaurant Renilde and Coert Hall. Both are located amongst a green oasis at almost 40 metres above the ground.More information
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
Olafur Eliasson, installation ‘Notion Motion’, 2005
Thousands of inspiring objects
One of the world’s greatest collections of Surrealism
View the collection onlineOnline collection
On Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June 2023, South African composer Neo Muyanga concludes his residence at Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen with the performance Do they work? Spells against othering in collaboration with a Rotterdam-based choir. Muyanga's closing performance takes place twice on both days, between which there will be a conversation with artist Alicia Framis, whose activist fashion collection anti_dog will be on special display. This project is co-sponsored by Ammodo.
Yesterday afternoon the VriendenLoterij celebrated the Goed Geld Gala 2023. Over 1 million participants collected almost €135 million that will go towards culture and well-being in the Netherlands. This is an indispensable contribution that really makes a difference. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen received €535,818 this year. The museum is extremely grateful for this support and would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all participants
On Wednesday 17 May 2023 IO SONO SALVO. WORKS AND WRITINGS 1961–2015 will be presented in the Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen. The book is a monograph conceived as a self-portrait: a story of Italian artist Salvo’s practice through his works and words. A collection of paintings, writings (including On Painting) unpublished texts, and various interviews given over the years, complements a vast selection of his works, presented in chronological order.
Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen was awarded a Special Prize of Commendation at the European Museum of the Year Awards in Barcelona. Building and organization were praised for the manner in which it combines art, the public and the preservation of a museum collection. A jury of museum professionals states that Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen offers ‘the concept of an open city storage in a completely novel way.’ The museum is proud and honoured by this recognition.
From 14 April 2023, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (MBVB) presents Looking Ahead: Objects of Change at Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen. How future-proof is the museum's design collection? Does it include objects that will still be relevant 85 years from now? MBVB examines its design collection in collaboration with Museum of 21st Century Design, alongside works that already visualise the future by Christien Meindertsma, Melle Smets and Melanie Smith.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and Ace & Tate proudly present a special pair of sunglasses. It’s design is inspired by the iconic mirrored facade of the MVRDV designed Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen. The sunglasses are a limited edition update of the SS23 Anderson model of Ace & Tate.