Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn’s famous painting, “The Night Watch” is back in its proper place at the recently renovated National Museum of the Netherlands. Other returning pieces are works by Johannes Vermeer, Jan Steen along with thousands of other Dutch cultural and artistic artifacts.
The museum will reopen after a decade of renovations costing 375 million euros ($480 million). On Thursday ahead of the Rijksmuseum’s April 13th opening, its director Wim Pijibes said the improvement would justify the waiting period.
The external building, resembling a fairy tale castle with red brick exterior, which dates back to the 19th century, has been left intact. Inside, there is a central courtyard that has been crafted to allow natural light to pour in, which creates a bright heat in the center of the museum.
The museum is expecting its annual amount of visitors to double following the unveiling of the renovations.