Dutch National Rijksmuseum Museum Renovation in Full Swing ~ to Reopen in 2013

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artwork: Famed works by Dutch masters will return to their permanent home by 2013, as a radical decade-long renovation of the national Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam nears completion.


AMSTERDAM (AP).- Rembrandt’s “Night Watch” and other famed works by Dutch masters will return to their permanent home by 2013, as a radical decade-long renovation of the national Rijksmuseum nears completion. A sneak preview showed the 19th-century museum both modernized and closer to its original plan. Its red-brick exterior, reminiscent of a fairy-tale castle, remains intact. Inside, maze-like corridors have been scrapped in favor of large spaces and high ceilings, with a central “gallery of honor” restored to its initial appearance, evoking the vault of a gothic cathedral.