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Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum reopens after a decade

Date Posted: 10/04/2013

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam will open its doors on 13th April, after ten years of rebuilding, renovation and restoration.

The 19th-century building has been modernised and now boasts a spacious entrance, a new Asian Pavilion and restored galleries.

The Rijksmuseum’s world-famous collection is now presented in chronological order. In a sequence of 80 galleries, 8,000 objects tell the story of 800 years of Dutch art and history.

Journey through time - from the Middle Ages to Mondrian

Paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, silver, porcelain, delftware, furniture, jewellery, arms, fashion and objects from Dutch history will all be presented together for the first time.

At the heart of the museum is the restored Gallery of Honour, presenting world-famous masterpieces by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Jan Steen.

The Gallery of Honour leads visitors to a dedicated space that was created in the late 19th century for Rembrandt’s The Night Watch, and where the masterpiece remains today.

The new Asian Pavilion

Surrounded by water, the Asian Pavilion has been created from Portuguese stone and glass, and houses the museum’s collection of Asian art from China, Japan, Indonesia, India, Vietnam and Thailand.

Henry Moore exhibition

Teachers taking school groups to the Rijksmuseum from 21st June will be able to walk round an outdoor exhibition of Henry Moore sculptures in the newly landscaped gardens.

Entry to the Rijksmuseum is free for under-18s.

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Pictured: the 17th century gallery in the Rijksmuseum (photo credit: Iwan Baan courtesy of Rijksmuseum).

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