Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

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Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

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leon b
Rotterdam, The Netherlands84 contributions
A multifaceted museum with a permanent collection quality. A bit messy but this is amply compensated by the beautiful architecture. One of the finest museums in the Netherlands within walking distance of the equally interesting Kunsthal. (Art Hall)
Written March 30, 2017
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Hortense
Rotterdam, The Netherlands57 contributions
Couples
if you like the Dutch school this is certainly a museum you Cannot miss. The building is very Nice. When you'te inside you can leave your coat (surprise). Atmosphere is Nice, so are the people . Good explanations in Dutch and English.
Do not forget to visit the park next door afterwards.
Written November 4, 2014
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Erik
Rotterdam, The Netherlands50 contributions
Beautifull museum with a lot of famous art. If you visit Rotterdam this would be a must. Easy to park close
Written March 4, 2020
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deep_in_france
Macon72 contributions
I was so disappointed with this place. Starting with the opening time of 11am - do the staff have problems getting out of their beds or are they not aware that a morning exists? In addition no seats or sheltered area in which to wait if you arrive before the place finally opens. By the way it shuts at 5pm. The staff must be knackered with those long hours! The collections were limited and from the renowned artists the pieces were certainly not their memorable ones. The layout of the museum was terrible, difficult to decide which way to go to try to follow some circuit. Many paintings were placed on the wall far too high and their size limited the possibility of appreciating them at all. The restaurant (I use that term loosely) had no menu on display that I could see (must have been the same person who organises the layout of the galleries. Once again it opens at 11AM, can anybody figure the reason to keep visitors waiting until then? A complete tragedy of a museum, overrated and overpriced... I'm sure people will continue to visit this place but don't be a sheep and try elsewhere, you'll be glad you did!!
Written May 27, 2011
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pbs_10
Melbourne, Australia18 contributions
Couples
This visit was such a disappointment. There is little left to see while they remake the display - and there was no guide to explain what was left and where to find it.
I have never before had such an unpleasant gallery experience. The cloak room was the only redeeming feature
Written May 14, 2017
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1999Sandra1999
Bangkok, Thailand42 contributions
Family
I am an art professor and took my 18 year old to this museum. It was so much fun for both of us because the museum has such a varied collection that I was able to give her an in depth art history lesson ranging from the dutch masters to surrealism, to video art.
I would recommend this museum for those who want to get an overview of the fine arts rather than an indepth look at a particular art movement or epoch
Written September 5, 2018
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cho10
Milan, Italy242 contributions
Couples
We had hoped for a better experience at this Museum.

As you will see reading onward, this was not our favorite venue.

Rotterdam is not as well endowed with Museums as Amsterdam and The Hague are. The latter two are Capital cities while Rotterdam has always been just a port.

We were very annoyed because we weren't told until we had already paid for our tickets at the Entrance of the Museum, that 70% of the museum was not reachable due to extensive refurbishing. This will last "at least" until mid June 2017.

In practice, where photographs are available, the works of art can be seen on the Museum's web site. Better luck next time to actually see most of them exhibited.

The collection is mainly dedicated to Dutch artists not all of whom are well known. There are a few important items but not many and most were not view-able during our visit due to the already mentioned refurbishing.

If you have visited the Rijksmuseum, the Rembrandt House Museum, the little known Van Loon Museum, the exceptional Van Gogh Museum, the Troppen Museum in Amsterdam and the marvelous Mauritshuis in The Hague, this Museum will be a let down.

It is not just the matter of the strategy used to put together the collection at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Most things have been literally massed together with little logic and the museum would seem to be run by some cost cutting accountant rather than a curator armed with passion and acquired knowledge.

The origin of this Museum was a donation made to Rotterdam during the first half of the 19th century (between 1820 and 1850) by an attorney named Frans Jacob Otto Boijmans. The collection was initially housed in the Schielandshuis. A terrible fire broke out in 1864 destroying more than half of the art collection.

The current home of this museum opened in 1935. It is a 15 minute walk from the original site. Very few buildings were left standing in Rotterdam after World War II.

Many efforts to build up the collection were made during the 170 years since the museum was founded.

With the acquisition of the Van Beuningen collection in 1958, the Museum acquired its current name.

We had read the following description of this museum: "Marvel at the beautiful works by Bruegel the Elder and Rembrandt. Follow the development of Impressionism and Modernism in the paintings of Monet, Van Gogh and Mondriaan. Lose yourself in the dream world of the Surrealists Dalí and Magritte. And the art is not only inside: the museum has a wonderful view of the sculpture garden."

All of this may be true in the coming months. It was not true, except for the garden, when we were there.

The most memorable aspect of our visit was the coffee shop where we had lunch.
For the most part visiting this "shell" of a Museum was time we could have dedicated to something else.

One other thing to note is that Rotterdam has fairly decent public transportation.
Taxis instead are to be found mostly at the railroad station or at a few taxi stands.

Do your homework before visiting Rotterdam in terms of how you plan to move around.

You'll do a lot of walking otherwise.
Written June 8, 2017
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TheYapStra
Rotterdam, The Netherlands91 contributions
Solo
Went to Boijmans Van Beuningen myself on a quiet weekday afternoon. I would think is a hidden gems for Rotterdam, quite like it myself, they have quite a huge collections for paintings.

One thing i will suggest is the lighting for the museum needs to be improve. I like the fact they have plenty windows with natural lights, but maybe need to improve the glass that framed the paintings? As i often sees reflections all the time, and theres no way that i can have a clearer look at the details of the painting even i have tried to move around to look at the painting in diff angles.
Written March 5, 2015
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Fe_Flyer
Boston, MA317 contributions
Friends
I've been to most of the known Dutch museums: Rijksmuseum, Kroller-Müller, van Gogh, etc. I would rank this one at the same level. I'd visit this one even if it was just for Bosch's "Pedlar".

The museum is overwhelingly Dutch and Flemish in content, but the Magrittes and Dalis are worth it by themselves. The works are nicely displayed in a series of thematically coherent small rooms.
Written December 7, 2014
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Umberto P
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5 contributions
Friends
It is a great museum and a great experience despite it is not widely known as for instance Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. There are works of artists across different ages and from different countries. Just as an indication, as far as I remember in random memory remembers, just naming some painters I remember: Degas, Picasso, Van Gogh, Picasso, Bosch, Dürer, Brugel, Kokoska, Italian painter from renaissance... and then installations and statues. I was surprised because I did not expect so much from this museum which is surely famous but still not as much as it should. Moreover it is quite nice because of the relatively few visitors, you can have your own private time by the temporary installations without being pressed by the crowd. I would say it is absolutely worth the entry price and at least half a day visit. I live in Rotterdam and so when some guest is visiting me, if possible, I go there for a visit and I still enjoy visiting it.
Written December 2, 2014
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