The Netherlands, and Rotterdam in particular, has a huge amount of museums. Living here, I consider myself very fortunate to be able to experience world culture, history or art at a whim. In fact, there are so many museums here it can be hard to choose which one to visit. But there’s one museum in Rotterdam that stands out above the rest – the Boymans van Beuningen.
Its amazing collection displays some of the finest paintings of the past five centuries, modern art and Dutch Design, and in the years I’ve been coming to Boymans some of its artworks have become sort of friends to me. Pretty cool, right, being friends with Breugel, Dali and Magritte? I’m not jealous though, so you can visit my friends, too, anytime you like (well, between 11:00 and 17:00, unless it’s Museum Night).
I have a Rotterdam Pas, which gives me free entrance for a whole year, so sometimes I come by just to walk around the building, which is a work of art in its own right. In fact, my favourite part of Boymans is the wardrobe. When you go there, you’ll know why.
In 2019 Boijmans will be closing its doors for renovations, that are scheduled to last for seven (!) years. Most of the museum is already being emptied, but until 26th of May 2019, a special exhibition titled ‘When the Panels are Closed: Highlights from the Collection‘ is showing, well, the highlights.