Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

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Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Museumpark 02.JPG
The south side of the museum in 2007
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is located in Rotterdam
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Location within Rotterdam in the Netherlands
Established3 July 1849 (1849-07-03)[1]
LocationMuseumpark 18–20
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Coordinates51°54′50″N 4°28′24″E / 51.9140°N 4.4732°E / 51.9140; 4.4732Coordinates: 51°54′50″N 4°28′24″E / 51.9140°N 4.4732°E / 51.9140; 4.4732
TypeArt museum
Visitors270,000 (2015 est.)[2]
DirectorSjarel Ex

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Dutch pronunciation: [myˈzeːjɵm ˈbɔimɑns fɑn ˈbøːnɪŋə(n)])[3] is an art museum in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. It is located at the Museumpark in the district Rotterdam Centrum, close to the Kunsthal and the Natural History Museum.

The museum opened in 1849. It houses the collections of Frans Jacob Otto Boijmans (1767–1847) and Daniël George van Beuningen (1877–1955). In the collection, ranging from medieval to contemporary art, are works of Rembrandt, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, and Salvador Dalí.

In 2013, the museum had 292,711 visitors and was the 14th most visited museum in the Netherlands.


The museum was established in 1849[1] as Museum Boymans with the collection of Frans Jacob Otto Boijmans (1767–1847). The painter and art dealer, Arie Johannes Lamme, was named the museum's first Director. Much of the museum's original collection was destroyed in a fire in 1864.

The collection of businessman Daniël George van Beuningen (1877–1955) was added in 1958, at which point the museum acquired the name Museum Boymans–Van Beuningen. The spelling was changed to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen'in 1996.


Mattia Preti, c. 1669, Belisarius receiving alms, oil on canvas, 152 x 198 cm
Wassily Kandinsky, 1911, Reiter (Lyrishes), oil on canvas, 94 x 130 cm

The museum has a diverse collection ranging from medieval to contemporary art, with somewhat of a focus on Dutch art. Much of the collection came to the museum through the two private collections mentioned above, but many others have contributed throughout the years.

Among the best-known artists that are exhibited in the permanent exhibition of the museum are Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Rembrandt, Claude Monet, Wassily Kandinsky, Vincent van Gogh, Maurizio Cattelan, Paul Cézanne, René Magritte, Salvador Dalí, Mark Rothko, Edvard Munch, Willem de Kooning, and Yayoi Kusama.

The collection also includes one of the richest assembly of works on paper (etchings, drawings, lithographs, etc.) in the world from the Middle Ages to the present times.

Selected works[edit]

Boijmans Depot[edit]

In addition to the curated collections, the Boijmans Depot, an experiment in "open storage" and containing over 150,000 objects, opened to the public in September 2020.[4][5]


The Education Department of the Museum organises children's activities, courses, lectures and tours.


ARTtube[6] is a website with videos about art and design. ARTtube is produced by Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, M HKA Antwerp, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, De Pont, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Museum Jan Cunen and Centrum Beeldende Kunst [nl] Rotterdam.


Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen produces, together with TV Rijnmond, a television series on art. Boijmans TV[7] is based on an idea by Wilfried de Jong. Boijmans TV is created by a team of creative specialists in different disciplines. It is more than an art magazine; apart from the artists, the museum visitor, the attendant and the employee of technical services appear on the series. Each episode of Boijmans TV can be viewed on ArtTube[8] after it has been broadcast.


Sjarel Ex has been the museum director since 2004.[9]

The museum had 292,711 visitors in 2013.[10] That year it was the most visited museum in Rotterdam and the 14th most visited museum in the Netherlands.[11]

It had an estimated 270,000 visitors in 2015.[2]


  1. ^ a b Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Stadsarchief Rotterdam. Retrieved on 5 August 2014. (in Dutch)
  2. ^ a b "Ook 2015 weer een goed jaar voor musea", NOS, 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2016. (in Dutch)
  3. ^ In isolation, van is pronounced [vɑn].
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  6. ^ "ARTtube".
  7. ^ "Boijmans TV Season 2 - ARTtube". Archived from the original on 2011-02-13.
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  9. ^ Henny de Lange, "Het charme-offensief van Sjarel Ex werkt", Trouw. Retrieved on 5 August 2014. (in Dutch)
  10. ^ Jaarverslag 2013 Archived 2016-03-29 at the Wayback Machine, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, 2014. Retrieved on 28 June 2014.
  11. ^ Daan van Lent & Pieter van Os, "Musea doen het goed: aantal bezoekers in 2013 fors gestegen", NRC Handelsblad, 2013. Retrieved on 5 August 2014. (in Dutch)

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