Museum evacuates art

A few weeks ago, it was the Louvre in Paris. After extreme weather across the UK, Belgium, and the Netherlands, the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam is now evacuating part of its collection.

Heavy thunderstorms and rain were predicted for Wednesday 23th of June. The region around Rotterdam had more than its share of rain already, in one of the wettest June months on record. Wednesday night brought more water, causing flooding of Rotterdam streets, cellars, and basement space in Museum Booijmans van Beuningen.

The grounds of Rotterdam’s Museumpark, where several museums are situated, are saturated with water. Like many other museums, the Booijmans van Beuningen has safety precautions in place against flooding, but the museum’s reservoirs to catch surplus water are full.

Boijmans 1The increased water level of the large pond at the back of the museum is causing problems. Though pumps have been working for hours, its water has started to seep into at least one basement room.

The museum’s director told journalists that no works of art have been damaged. To prevent such a disaster, exhibits are being moved from the basement to drier and safer places. Unlike the vast Louvre, the relatively small Booijmans van Beuningen has not closed its doors to visitors – according to its website.

More of the museum’s collection may have to be moved over the next few days. Weather conditions will not improve till Friday. A code orange remains in place for the whole country, with more heavy thunderstorms and rain predicted within the next 24 hours.

Museum Booijmans van Beuningen


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