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 174 years of collecting. More than 154,000 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 154,000 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 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
During the weekend of February 1 to 4, 2024, visual artist Rosa Barba will present two multidisciplinary performances in Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen: VOICE ENGINE and Hear, There Where the Echoes Are. On the fifth floor, Barba creates an orchestral dialogue with films, sounds and sculptures.
Now on view: ‘Drawing Probable Conclusions’. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has invited visual artist and filmmaker Rosa Barba to explore the collection and present her reflections at Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen.
On Saturday 27 January 2024, Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen will host a symposium related to the exhibition Lee Miller in Print and the book of the same title published by Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.
From 21 November 2023 to 18 February 2024, Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen presents 'Lee Miller in Print', a special exhibition and book about the fascinating published oeuvre of photographer and Surrealist Lee Miller.
Step into Rotterdam’s art world during the Second World War in the exhibition ‘Art Amid the Ruins’. The accompanying online interactive city map and the book The Firebird Generation also take you back in time and show you the city during WWII.