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What you can expect during your visit?

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.

What is there to experience in the depot?

Our main focus is ensuring that our collection is accessible. Visitors can visit the depot independently and be surrounded by hundreds of art pieces in the atrium, look inside the depot compartments, restoration ateliers, and other rooms. It’s also possible to visit one of the depot compartments with a tour guide. (Be aware that these tours can solely be booked in the entrance hall of the Depot). Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen wants to stimulate visitors to learn as much as possible about the collection and how we preserve it. We hope that each individual visitor can have a unique experience and feels personally spoken to.

What is there to experience in the depot?

Are there artworks that aren’t accessible to visitors?

Everything is ‘accessible’, but you cannot touch anything yourself. Some pieces are in boxes or drawers to conserve them (for example all works on paper that aren’t framed), or in crates (like Double Steel Cage Piece by Bruce Nauman). You can only visit a depot compartment with one of our museum guides and guards. You can book one of these tours in our entrance hall if you have a valid ticket.


Our photography depot is not accessible due to the vulnerability of the material and the low temperature.

Can I see the collection up close?

During your visit to the depot, you have the opportunity to visit one of the depots on a free guided tour. A visit to one of these compartments is never exactly the same. Once you have a valid ticket and time slot, you can book a guided tour in the entrance hall of the depot. Please be aware that it’s possible that the tours are fully booked.

Does me being inside one of the depot compartments influence the climate inside?

Every compartment has a special climate that is regulated by a climate control system. There are five different climates that are adjusted based on the material of the stored art pieces: metal, plastic, organic material, black and white photography, and colour photography. It’s possible for a group of up to thirteen people to visit a compartment for 10 minutes every hour, after which the rest of the hour is needed to stabilize the climate.

How do visitors navigate through the large collection of art without a guided tour?

In the entrance hall on the ground floor there’s a large digital dashboard with information about the depot. Visitors can use the free Depot app to find information about the depot and the art collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. By scanning the QR codes on the showcases, you can get information about what you’re viewing. At each depot compartment, there’s a screen that tells you what can be found inside.

What is included in the collection?

Our collection consists of over 154,000 objects, of which 88,000 are prints and drawings. The rest of the roughly 63,000 items in the collection include paintings, photographs, films, (pre-)industrial design, contemporary art installations, and sculptures.

What is included in the collection?

What’s so special about the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen?

The collection is incredibly diverse. The diversity of the objects ranges from paintings to sculptures, from photographs to video art, and covers a time period of many centuries. The museum also owns a wonderful collection of applied art and design. It’s unique in the Nederlands because the collection is so comprehensive with its diversity and international prestige.

What part of the collection is gifted to the museum?

The collection consists of about 154,000 art works. Over 41,000 of these pieces have been gifted. A little over 32,000 pieces have been left as legacies. That’s over 73,000 art pieces altogether.