THE HAGUE, June 28 (Xinhua) -- Almost 2000 people visited the renovated Mauritshuis museum in The Hague on Friday night, local Dutch media reported on Saturday.
The visitors were allowed to enter the museum for free between eight o'clock and midnight to celebrate the museum's reopening after a two-year renovation, which cost about 30 million euros (40 million U.S. dollars). A long line of people were waiting before the entrance.
Earlier on Friday, King Willem-Alexamder officially reopened the museum. With much spectacle and fanfare, Johannes Vermeer's world-famous painting Girl With a Pearl Earring was symbolically welcomed back to its own museum.
During the two-year long renovation and transformation, the Mauritshuis has doubled in size. A large underground foyer was built as a connection between the historical 17th century building and the new wing, an Art Deco building across the street offering new visitor facilities such as temporary exhibition spaces, a large brasserie, the museum shop and an educational art workshop.