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Reopening Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Designed by architect P.J.H. Cuypers and built in 1876, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is the largest museum in the Netherlands.

Its collection features some of the country’s most famous works, including ‘The Night Watch’ by Rembrandt and pieces by Vermeer and Frans Hals. The collection also includes Delftware, sculptures, Asian art, prints and many other culturally significant objects. After a long period of restoration, the Rijksmuseum reopens in spring 2013 and is one of the major milestones of the Amsterdam 2013 celebrations.

Beyond paintings
The Rijksmuseum’s collection extends far beyond the Dutch masters. It also encompasses the Netherlands’ rich cultural history with objects such as model ships, sculptures, archaeological artefacts, clothing, weapons, prints, photographs and more. Thousands of items from the past give an impressive visual account of Dutch history within a global context and retelling the 800-year history of Amsterdam, from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Masterpieces during the renovation
The Rijksmuseum is currently being renovated. Until the main building opens on 13 April 2013, a selection of the best-loved Golden Age masterpieces are on display in the Philips Wing or on the first floor of the museum. A number of pieces are also displayed at the Rijksmuseum branch in Schiphol Airport.

From 1 January to 17 March 2013, tickets will only be sold directly at the museum (the online shop will be temporarily closed).

Closed for one month
Due to final preparations for the opening, the entire Rijksmuseum will be closed from 18 March to 13 April 2013.

Back in business
On Saturday 13 April 2013, the Rijksmuseum opens to the public with an entirely refreshed layout, fully renovated building, new public facilities, newly landscaped garden, and Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’ returning to its original gallery. Overall, 80 halls will display 8,000 pieces of art and history, which is more than even the most fervent museum visitor can digest in one day.

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