Designed by architect P.J.H. Cuypers and built in 1876, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is the largest museum in the Netherlands.
After a long period of restoration, the Rijksmuseum reopens in spring 2013 and is one of the major milestones of the Amsterdam 2013 celebrations.
Opening 13 April
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.
The Rijksmuseum will roll its orange carpet down Museumplein for the special celebrations around the opening weekend. From 11:30 celebrations will burst into action, with Queen Beatrix set to officially open the museum at 12:00. Welcomed by fanfares from all 12 Dutch provinces, live music by trumpeter Eric Vloeimans and the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, plus special poetry readings and live art, there will be a great deal of excitement all around the square. A visual spectacle will also take place on the Museumplein on Sunday, between 15:00 and 15:30, as 800 schoolchildren recreate four masterpieces from the museum’s collection.
And then, of course, there’s the action indoors. On Saturday 13 April, visitors can enjoy their first glimpse of the refurbished Rijksmuseum from 12:00 till midnight – for free! On Sunday 14 April, normal service resumes and the museum will be open to paying visitors from 09:00 (tickets can be pre-booked online).