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New Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam attracts two million visitors

English.news.cn   2013-12-04 07:44:49            

THE HAGUE, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Since its reopening on April 13, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has attracted two million visitors, the Dutch museum announced Tuesday.

Netta Maman and Verdit Aftabi, two young tourists from Israel, visited the museum on the last day of their holidays. Maman was welcomed as two millionth visitor to the museum by director Wim Pijbes. She received flowers and a goody bag with articles from the museum shop.

"We heard that after the renovation the Rijksmuseum is a must see, so we decided to come immediately," she said.

The Rijksmuseum, one of Amsterdam's grandest museums, reopened after 10 years of extensive restoration and renovation. The museum was originally designed by renowned Dutch architect P.J.H. Cuypers in 1885.

The art collection features some of the nation's most famous works, including paintings by Vermeer, Frans Hals and perhaps most notably Rembrandt's The Night Watch.

For the first time in years, the number of Dutch visitors to the museum has been higher than the number of foreigners.

Editor: Hou Qiang
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