The museum derives its name from two important collectors: Frans Boijmans and Daniël George van Beuningen.
Many masterpieces have been added to the collection, including The Pedlar by Hieronymus Bosch and A Cornfield, in the Background the Zuiderzee by Jacob van Ruisdael.
It is the only museum in the Netherlands that offers the visitor a comprehensive survey of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present day. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen displays masterpieces of visual art, applied arts and design, offering visitors an overview of Dutch and European art from the early Middle Ages until the twenty-first century. The museum’s extraordinary collection and innovative exhibitions place it among the world’s most renowned museums. Visitors to the museum are often astonished by the wealth and variety of the collection. The scope and diversity are thanks to 1700 private collectors who have gifted no fewer than 50,000 objects in almost 170 years.
Boijmans in Transit
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen begins its programme of renovation in 2019. While the work is being carried out, part of the museum’s famous collection will continue to be seen in and around Rotterdam – in school classrooms, possibly in a building in Rotterdam South and from 2021 onwards in the Boijmans Van Beuningen Depot. The collection will also be travelling to some of the world’s top museums.