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Renovated Rijksmuseum to open in April 2013

Renovated Rijksmuseum to open in April 2013
30 Nov 2012

The Rijksmuseum will reopen in Amsterdam next year following a ten-year renovation.

For the first time, visitors will be able to explore a chronological sequence of 80 galleries featuring 8,000 artworks and objects telling the story of 800 years of Dutch history.

More than 30 galleries will be dedicated to the Netherlands' Golden Age, an era roughly spanning the 17th century when the country led the world in trade, science and the arts.

These venues will showcase world-famous works of art by the likes of Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt van Rijn.

Rembrandt's masterpiece The Night Watch will be the only piece returned to its original setting.

Spanish architecture firm Cruz y Ortiz played a large part in the physical transformation of the Rijksmuseum, creating a new entrance, restored galleries, a new Asian Pavilion and other facilities.

The Amsterdam institution is reportedly the only major national museum in the world that will be open to the public 365 days a year.

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