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With its two pointed towers and phenomenally detailed architecture, the Rijksmuseum (State Museum) is one of the most imposing and iconic buildings in Amsterdam. On one side, the museum looks on to Stadhouderskade street, but most visitors gaze upon it from its facade which overlooks the sprawling Museumsplein green. While the Rijksmuseums collection officially numbers at over one million pieces, the space has been undergoing a massive renovation since 2003, meaning that only 400 works are currently on display in one portion of the building known as the Philips wing. However, as part of this concentrated The Masterpieces exhibition, you can still see all the best of what the Rijksmuseum has to offer such as Rembrandts The Night Watch, and Vermeers The Milkmaid.
Editor & Amsterdam Local
The Museum has re-opened and is absolutely terrific!
Apparently due to re-open in April 2013. More here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-19517742
One of the great museums of the world (If you like Dutch Masters!)
While the main section is closed we still enjoyed the Philips Wing exhibition which included all of the paintings we expected to see at the Rijksmuseum.