Museumpark 18-20

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Phone: +31 (0)10 44.19.400
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Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has world-class collections of old masters, modern and contemporary art, applied arts and design. It houses approximately 126,000 objects. In addition to the displays of the permanent collection, each year the museum organises around 25 temporary exhibitions and numerous public activities. The museum attracts an average of 200,000 visitors per year. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has 175 employees and volunteers. Its annual budget is approximately 12 million euros.

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam is an extremely many-sided museum. Wandering through its galleries you will journey through the history of art, from the Middle Ages until the present day. The collections are striking in their diversity, housing old master and modern paintings alongside product design and the applied arts, and encompassing the full range of media from painting and sculpture, prints and drawings to photography, video and film. There are unique pieces and items that have been mass produced in their hundreds, thousands or even millions.

Since it establishment the museum's history had been shaped in a critical way by the activities of private collectors, two of whom have furnished the institution with its double-barrelled name. The Utrecht-born lawyer F.J.O. Boijmans bequeathed his collection tot the City of Rotterdam in 1847, so laying the museum's foundations. In 1958 the museum acquired the collection of the shipping magnate D.G. van Beuningen, also a native of Utrecht. This was such a milestone that the museum's name was changed to Musejm Boijmans Van Beuningen.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (3)

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Permanent Collection

The museum is indebted to many other private collectors, whose varied interesets have informed its diverse collections and whose passion meands that ours is the only museum in the Netherlands that contains paintings by the Van Eyck brothers, Titian, Bosch, Bruegel the Elder, DalĂ­ and Magritte.

In the post-war period the museum has had increasing funds to pursue its own acquisitions policy, but it continues to profit frm the generosity of private collecors. In 1981 Mr and MRs Van Beuningen-de Vrise endowed the museum with a vast collection of pre-industrial domestic artefacts and the museum has recently benefited from its partnership with H+F Patronage in acquiring an outstanding installation by the Danish-born Icelandic artis Olafur Eliasson.

Museums departments

Old Masters
Modern & Contemporary
Prints & Drawings
City collection
H+F Patronage
Digital Photo Library


The Collection One
In January 2007 the museum unveiled its exciting new displays, inviting the public to renew its acquaintance with the museum’s masterpieces including old-master paintings and sculpture, prints and drawings, modern and contemporary art and applied arts and design. The chronological and thematic displays are punctuated with three interventions by contemporary artists:

The museum is punctuating its new display The Collection One with three exciting interventions:
Intervention #1 Marieke van Diemen – Vases.
Intervention #2 Andro Wekua – Wait to Wait.
Intervention #3 Steiner & Lenzlinger – Four Vegetative Sleeping Rooms.

Andreas Slominski
Exhibition from 7 July till 2 September 2007
The oeuvre of the German artist Andreas Slominski forms a commentary on art and contemporary culture. In this retrospective exhibition, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen brings together work from the last twenty years: objects, installations and paintings full of biting humour and veiled satire.

Surreal Things: Surrealism and Design
Exhibition from 29 September 2007 till 13 January 2008
This exhibition explores the influence of Surrealism on the realms of design, fashion, film, architecture and advertising and focuses on the creation of the Surrealist object. From the sensuality of Dalí’s Mae West Lips Sofa to Schiaparelli’s disturbing Tear Dress, surrealism produced some of the most extraordinary objects ever created. The exhibition contains more than 200 paintings, sculptures, works on paper, bookbindings, furniture, jewellery, ceramics, glass, textiles, fashion, film and photography and includes works by Salvador DalĂ­, RenĂ...+ [ Read all ]

Exhibitions (5)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

In 2008
Amongst others: Charley Toorop, Erasmus

Early Hollanders (working title)
Paintings from the late Middle Ages
16 February – 25 May 2008
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen presents a unique survey of the dawn of Dutch painting. The exhibition will include works from the collections of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, augmented with rare loans from museums at home and abroad. Until recently little was known about the school of painters in the county of Holland. Painters such as Geertgen tot Sint Jans and Lucas van Leyden were certainly influenced by the great masters of the Southern Netherlands, but nonetheless had their own distinctive style. More than sixty paintings will afford the visitor a fascinating glimpse of the late Middle Ages. The fragile nature of the panels means that this exhibition will never be repeated.

We cannot rule out unforeseen changes to this programme.


Full Rate € 9

Group rates € 6
minimum 15 persons
(booking in advance)

Students € 4,50

Youngsters under 18 years Free Entrance
Museum card holders Free Entrance
ICOM Card Free Entrance
Friends of the museum Free Entrance

Prices do not include an exceptional surcharge for special exhibitions.

Opening hours

Tuesdays to Sundays, 11.00 to 17.00 hrs
Closed on Mondays, 1 January, 30 April ('Koninginnedag') and 25 December.

On 11 May ’08 (Whit Sunday) and Monday 24 March ’08 (Easter) the museum is open.

Getting there

Public transport:
The museum is a 15-minute walk from Central Station;

The museum advises visitors to use public transport: from the Central Station take RET tram number 7 to Witte de Withstraat/Museumpark or tram 4 to Eendrachtsplein; or the subway to the Eendrachtsplein stop; or bus 32 to Rochussenstraat.

For your route by train to Rotterdam, look at the NS-website.

How to get to the museum by car:

Parking: Garage Parking Westblaak, Westblaak 88 (entrance at Hartmanstraat). Other parking facilities are limited, and only available with chip card or credit card (visa/mastercard).


Good wheelchair access

Museum library

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen's library is more than a hundred years old. It is difficult to establish the exact date of its foundation. Donations are mentioned in the earliest annual reports for the first time in 1870, when D. Vis Blokhuyzen’s Description des estampes qui forment loeuvre gravé de Dirk de Bray was presented to the museum. More

Museum shop

Near the entrance, the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen's shop has a wide-ranging collection of books on art, monographs, surveys and catalogues providing a wealth of information about the collection with its richly illustrated publications on design, old art, arts and crafts and modern art from the Koenigs Collection to Cattelan, from Rubens to Corbra.
A striking aspect is the collection of design articles in the Museum Shop, where selected items produced by CorUnum have been available for some time. For fifthy years now, this producer of modern pottery has been collaborating with contemporary designers, artists, fashion designers and architects such as Benno Premsela, Lars Spuybroek, Winnie Maas and Olav Slingerland. The result of this distinctive collaboration is a series of superb ceramics whose utilitarian function is evident but which at the same time are attractive enough to display. The Museum Shop recently added a new line of vases by Olav Slingerland to its collection. Named 'AMULET,' these vases are available in a range of colours which enable them to be mixed and matched.

The shop is also accessible without a ticket to the museum. Open: Tuesday till Sunday from 11.00 to 17.00. For more information: +31 (0)10 44...+ [ Read all ]

Museum internal and external photos (5)

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News and events

Opening new museum season

Surrealist opening for new museum season
Saturday 29 September 2007


Up to date guided tours info (dutch)


Up to date children’s activities info (dutch)


Up to date adult’s education info (dutch)



Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is indebted for its existence to the contribution of individuals who are committed to the museum and the city. To guarantee the museum’s future and to realise our ambitions we are now more than ever reliant upon external funding. An important part of this funding comes from government, funding bodies and the business community. We are extremely grateful to the partners named below:

Rotterdam Municipal Council
Whereas the museum was once a municipal institution, it is now a foundation with a Supervisory Board. Nonetheless Rotterdam Municipal Council remains one of our foremost partners. Thanks to the city’s structural support and commitment the museum is among the top five museums in the Netherlands and occupies an important international position.

BankGiro Loterij
Since 1 January 2007 the museum has been a beneficiary of the BankGiro Loterij. The BankGiro Loterij makes it possible to present, expand and preserve the museum’s permanent collection. Through its partnership with the BankGiro Loterij the museum is contributing to a positive cultural climate in the Netherlands. The BankGiro Loterij affords the museum the opportunity to reach a broad public.

Partner Foundations
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has always relied upon the support of partners to carry out its central tasks – the preservation, acquisition and presentation of works of art. This support is of vital importance in achieving the museum’s optimal performance. The Friends of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the Patrons (Corporate Friends) are administered by the Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

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Venue hire

Museum to let
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is an extremely versatile museum in which every art-form – ranging from sculpture to design and from installations to altarpieces – can be seen. The building reflects its versatility in the alternation of old and new, taking visitors on a surprising journey through the history of art.

Special events
The museum offers a rich palette of facilities. It is due to the varied character of the building that congresses, receptions, conferences and even fashion shows have been held successfully there. There are rooms both light and spacious, as well as smaller ones with characters more suited to intimate gatherings. We shall be pleased to offer expert advice about our wide range of catering facilities.

The rooms
The following rooms in the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum are suitable for both large and small groups.
- the Aula (Congress hall) accommodates 250 persons and possesses all the relevant facilities (sound installation, beamer, slide projector, overhead projector etc.).
- the Lijstenzaal (frame room) and Tegelzaal (tile room) accommodates a maximum of 22 persons and is suitable for meetings, courses and workshops.
- the Museum Studio, a quiet venue for a maximum of 10 persons.

All of these rooms can be booked for daytime and evening gatherings, together with a catering arrangement tailored to your own specifications.

The Paviljoen (pavilion), with its own special atmosphere
The Van Beuningen-De Vriese Paviljoen (Pavilion) can be transformed into a ballroom or serve as a stylish ambiance for a sumptuous dinner. It can be booked for receptions, company or product presentations, staff evenings and fashion shows....+ [ Read all ]