A journey through art history


In the Middle Ages craftsmen made costly items for the Church, but also pilgrim's badges and household items. People ate with a knife and spoon; forks did not yet exist.

15th century

‘The Three Marys at the Tomb’ by Jan and/or Hubert van Eyck underwent extensive research and conservation in 2013.

16th century

One of the best-known works in the collection is 'The Tower of Babel': a tower of hubris and confusion.

17th century

Why do we call the 17th century the Golden Age? Travel back to the age of discovery, rich merchants and Dutch masters.

18th century

A sumptous and decorative showpiece by Jan Weenix with a dead swan in the leading role.

19th century

Over hills and dales: the Impressionists swapped their studios for the countryside.


Mondrian saw the world in primary colours and horizontal and vertical lines.


Gerrit and Wim Rietveld designed the Mondial chair for Expo 58 in Brussels.


This work by Donald Judd, acquired by the museum in 1979, is a typical example of Minimalist art.


A museum collection consists not only of paintings, drawings and sculptures but also embraces design, installations, photography and video art. Time is the central theme in this video work by David Claerbout.

In the spotlight

The Favourites of...Actor John Buijsman

Secrets of the Old Staircase Revealed

New Magritte Added to the Collection

In depth


Blossoming Boijmans

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s collection contains more than 170 pa…


Timeless Eroticism - Renaissance Prints and Fashion Photography

By Martin Hesselbein, guest curator …


A House for Art - The Museum Building

How can architecture enhance the perception of works of art? Let’s plunge into the rich history of the museum building…


Digitising Contemporary Art

From January 2011 until 2013 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen participated in the European project DCA (Digitising Contempo…


The Collectors - The Founders of the Museum

The great diversity of artworks in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen came about thanks to the generosity of collectors. …

In the spotlight

Dalí hits the road!

In May the triptych ‘Landscape with a Girl Skipping Rope’ by Salvador Dalí is off on its travels. The painting will…