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
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.
On Saturday, 23 September 2023, Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen is opening its doors to anyone who wants to visit. During this 2023 Depot Open Day, Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen offers art, guided tours and workshops.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s second online exhibition is now available. ‘The Human Power Plant (2050)’ takes you to Rotterdam’s Bospolder-Tussendijken (BoTu) neighbourhood in 2050 and presents a speculative scenario in which residents generate their own energy for everything they need. Artist Melle Smets has mapped and visualised this human power plant in the form of an interactive drawing, in which you can learn more about stories from the neighbourhood, about themes such as energy and cooperation and about various artworks from the museum’s collection.
Francesco Stocchi, curator of modern and contemporary art at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, is bidding farewell to the museum. He has been appointed artistic director of MAXXI, the National Museum of 21st Century Arts, in Rome.
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