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
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
Due to the extension of the national corona measures for the cultural sector and the hospitality industry, Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen and restaurant Renilde will in any case remain closed until January 25, 2022. Anyone who has already booked tickets for this period will receive an e-mail with information about rebooking the date.
Tonight, 18 December, the outgoing cabinet announced a hard lockdown for the Netherlands.
On 14 December the outgoing cabinet announced that the evening lockdown had been extended to 14 January.
From Tuesday 7 December to Sunday 19 December the Depot is opening an hour earlier – at 10 a.m. instead of 11 a.m. This means that extra tickets are now available from 10 to 11 a.m. during this period.
Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen follows the corona measures announced by the outgoing government on Friday 26 November. This means that the depot and restaurant Renilde will close from Sunday 28 November onwards until 18 December at 17:00 hours (the last timeslot is at 16:00 hours).
The Rotterdam-based art collector Ali Keles has found a home for his Lakeside Collection in the new depot. The collection consists of more than 80 modern and contemporary works, which will be stored, cared for or indeed displayed in a dedicated depot compartment.