The finale of ‘Boijmans bij de Buren’ in the Maritime Museum Rotterdam

Artworks from two unique art collections have been brought together in the new ‘Maritime Masterpieces’ exhibition that can be seen from 12 February in the Maritime Museum Rotterdam. The exhibition contains works from the collections of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the Maritime Museum Rotterdam. The museums want to let visitors get to know the stories behind an as yet unknown maritime world, through works of art of significant historical value. The exhibition tells the stories of shipping and ports and the people who live there through six centuries' of art and painting, with a unique collection ranging from Hieronymus Bosch via Willem van de Velde the Elder to Guido van der Werve, and from the sixteenth century to the twenty-first.

Art history meets maritime history

The new ‘Maritime Masterpieces’ exhibition, which can be seen in the Maritime Museum from 12 February 2021, is the finale of a series called ‘Boijmans bij de Buren’. The exhibition combines prized works from the collections of the two museums. A mix-and-match set of paintings and model ships has created an exhibition in which art history is blended with maritime history. Works by Claude Monet, Paul Signac, Hieronymus Bosch, Hendrik Avercamp and Jozef Israëls encounter modern works of art by Guido van de Werve, Sasja Hagens and Dolf Henkes in a unique presentation. One part of the exhibition consists of a large selection of drawings by Willem van de Velde the Elder.

Boijmans Van Beuningen is dropping anchor in the Maritime Museum

“The combination of two collections makes this exhibition unique,” says Bert Boer, the general director of the Maritime Museum. “Six centuries of maritime art are being brought together at exactly the spot where the port of Rotterdam began in the seventeenth century, the Leuvehaven.” 
“The combination of the Maritime and Boijmans is special,” adds Sjarel Ex, the director of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, “as the two museums collect objects from a different standpoint. Boijmans always buys seascapes based on their artistic qualities, whereas the Maritime collects them thematically and from a historical point of view. Combining the two has created an astonishingly attractive and unique exhibition.”

The exhibition has also been made possible by support from the Droom & Daad Foundation. ‘Maritime Masterpieces’ can be seen from 12 February 2021 to 4 September 2022 in the Maritime Museum Rotterdam. For more information and ticket sales, please go to  For more about the ‘Boijmans bij de Buren’ series, please go to