The iconic Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam opened its doors to the public at the weekend, following 10 years of refurbishments. The world-famous art museum has finally been re-opened after undergoing a 10 year long facelift.
Over the past decade the museum’s 80 galleries have been revamped and redesigned for the 21st century and the outside of the 19th century building has been restored to its original beauty, costing over £300 million. Crowds of people flocked to Rijksmuseum over the weekend to watch Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands open the building, and it is hoped international visitors will soon start booking flights to Amsterdam to experience the new attraction.
The project, which was originally meant to take just three years, saw huge setbacks as flooding, asbestos and creative disputes resulted in the restoration being continuously delayed and paused over the last ten years.
“Never has a national museum reopened to such scenes of fervency. The restored, extended and rejigged Rijksmuseum is a triumph of curatorial intelligence and sensitivity,” reported The Telegraph. “Once again - at last - the world can experience the richness of the greatest art tradition ever produced by a tiny, sea-hemmed nation: from Vermeer to Van Gogh, Rembrandt to Mondrian.”
Rijksmuseum is situated right at the heart of Amsterdam’s world-famous Museum Square, which includes the Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum. The museum currently has on display 8,000 objects of art and history and has over 1 million objects from the years 1200-2000 in storage or being restored.
“When you enter the Rijksmuseum you're transported to another world -- the world of Rembrandt, Vermeer and Mondrian,” said Taco Dibbits, director of collections. "I think it's the only national museum in the world that is not only a museum of painting, not only a museum of the decorative arts, but also a museum of history."