Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen


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Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is the biggest of Rotterdam’s museums. A visit here makes a great day out, from discovering its remarkable art collection, which features works by such diverse artists as Brueghel, Rembrandt, Monet, Van Gogh, Kandinsky and Magritte, to strolling through the surrounding Museum Park and exploring its many different areas.

  • Travel through Western art history, from the world of the Old Masters to Abstract Expressionism.
  • See masterpieces by Rembrandt, Monet, Van Gogh, Kadinsky, Rothko and many others.
  • Experience the remarkable museum building and enjoy the surroundings of the multifaceted Museum Park.

The Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and Rotterdam

The Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen was founded in 1849, when the lawyer and art collector Frans Jacob Otto Boijmans left his collection to the City of Rotterdam. Just over a hundred years later, the famous collection by industrialist Daniël George van Beuningen was added. The museum’s building, opened in 1935 and designed especially to house the Boijmans collection, remains a Rotterdam landmark. Its distinctive tower is a familiar feature of the city’s skyline to this day.

Travel through art history in Rotterdam

Unlike many other museums that specialize in specific periods of time, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen encompasses Dutch and European art from the early Middle Ages to the 21st century. There are masterpieces from artists as diverse as Hieronymus Bosch, Rembrandt, Monet, Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Dalí, Mondrian and Rothko. And so, walking through the museum is like going on a journey: from the world of the Dutch Masters, through Impressionism and Surrealism, to Modernism and De Stijl. In addition, the museum regularly presents well-received temporary exhibitions.

Around the museum

The Museum Park beside the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, is an unusually varied space, featuring a lush green expanse, an orchard, a multicolored asphalted area for events and more. It was designed in different phases by Rem Koolhaas (between 1988 and 1993), Yves Brunier (2011) and Paul de Ruiter (between 2005 and 2010). No fewer than five of Rotterdam’s museums and cultural institutions are located in and around the Museum Park: the Boijmans Van Beuningen, Het Nieuwe Instituut, the Kunsthal, the Natuurhistorisch Museum Rotterdam (Natural History Museum Rotterdam) and the Chabot Museum. Other Rotterdam sights and landmarks are nearby, too: the Euromast, the Erasmus Bridge and the Witte de Withstraat – a well-loved street full of shops, galleries and cafés.

Book your ticket

Book your tickets for Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and take a trip through centuries of art history. You can also make the most of an audio tour (in English or Dutch) to delve deeper into special themes.

Editor's pick: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is just one cultural specialist. Work your way around the city's Museum Park to encounter art, natural history and architecture. Or check out more museums in Rotterdam.

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Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Museumpark 18 - 20
3015CX Rotterdam
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