After almost 10 years of reconstruction, The Netherlands’ most famous and grandest museum has opened its doors again. On April 13th there was the grand opening spectacle in the presence of the Queen on what was one of her final public appearances before she abdicates on April 30th. Lucky me, I was one of the 20.000+ people that were part of the grand opening and visited The Rijksmuseum.
Outside on the Museumplein in Amsterdam, there was music playing, all sorts of promotional activities of the sponsors such as this cute van by KPN, a lovely Spring sun, people of all sorts and a long line of those who were waiting to get in. After 50 minutes of tanning on the orange carpet, it was my turn to get in.
The Rijksmuseum is now open for all the world to see it. You can buy your tickets in advance or at the museum itself. Just be aware that the first month or 2 are going to be really crowded. Insider tip: If you’re visiting the museum and have some time of in the city, order a cup of coffee and a sandwich from the ‘Lunch Kiosk’ which can be found on the Museumplein, left of the museum.
This was not the longest of posts because I believe you really have to go visit the museum yourself. And the whole discussion about the walls being grey, I love it and think that it makes the paintings stand out even more! So, enjoy your visit to The Rijksmuseum.