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The Rijksmuseum's Royal Re-opening

Amsterdam’s world-famous Rijksmuseum re-opens on Saturday 13 April after a multi-million pound, ten-year makeover. OK, so it's five years behind schedule, but the results promise to be well worth the wait.

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands will perform the opening ceremony to kick off the festivities in the morning, after which the doors will open to members of the public, who will be able to access the museum free of charge until midnight.

A long orange carpet will stretch from Museumplein, the museum gardens where the opening ceremony and festivities will be taking place, to the Rijksmuseum’s spectacular new atrium entrance.

"The 10-year renovation of the Rijksmuseum is one of the most significant ever undertaken by a museum. The entire building has been renewed – the historic 19th-century building has been transformed and new public facilities have been created including a spectacular new entrance hall, a new Asian pavilion and renovated gardens. The museum features over 8,000 works of art and artefacts telling the story of 800 years of Dutch art and history, from the Middle Ages to the present day. The world-famous collection, including masterpieces by artists such as Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt van Rijn, will be presented in chronological sequence for the first time."

From 9.00am on Sunday 14 April, the museum will be open to paying customers for the first time in ten years. The admission cost is €15 for adults (free for children aged under-18) and tickets can be bought in advance from Rijksmuseum’s website.

What makes this particularly exciting is that the Rijksmuseum is only about a one-kilometre walk from the Apollofirst Hotel, which features in both our cycling holidays in Holland, the 6-night Dutch Discovery and A Taste of Holland shortbreak. Turn right out of the hotel and then left along Beethovenstraat, crossing the canal to reach Van Baelestraat. Turn left again, and the Museumplein is 400m on the right, across which you can see the Rijksmuseum.

Posted: 09/04/2013 10:48:18 by | with 0 comments
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