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Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is closed for renovation. We are building the new Boijmans Van Beuningen. Follow the renovation here.

Museum History

Museum History

This timeline shows the development of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen from 1849 to the present day. It also gives an insight into the renovation and expansion of the museum buildings, which have been closed since 2019.

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Construction Phase

Construction Phase

The imposing museum building in the heart of Rotterdam is now 83 years old. And in all those years, it has never had a substantial makeover. The extensions in 1972 and 2003 were intended to modernise the museum and provide additional space. But it is now the time that this prestigious building be transformed into a museum of the 21st century.

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Design for the renovation and modernisation

How can architecture enhance our experience of works of art? This question has been the common thread throughout Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s long history. Following a period of intensive discussions between the museum, the Municipality of Rotterdam and the architecture firm Mecanoo, it is now up to Francine Houben and her team to make a preliminary plan to renovate, restore and ensure the sustainability of the existing building and the associated outdoor spaces. The brief is therefore not to design an entirely new building, but to realise a high-quality restoration and renovation of the museum complex. The basic principle here is to honour the building’s status as a historic monument.

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The museum is being renovated. What does it entail and who is involved?

Help us to build the new Boijmans

We are not making the big leap to the museum of the future alone. We want to involve everyone who cares about Boijmans. The municipality is ensuring that the basic building elements are in good shape again. But we need your help to take the first real step towards the new Boijmans.