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Dutch national museum will not reopen until 2013 after construction delay

Dutch national museum will not reopen until 2013 after construction delay

The Netherlands' Rijksmuseum, or national gallery, will not reopen until 2013 at the earliest due to construction delays, the education ministry said Tuesday.
"This is a big disappointment for all parties concerned," the ministry said in a statement. "If there are no further setbacks, the Rijksmuseum can open ... at the beginning of 2013."
The museum shuttered most of its collection in 2004 for a major renovation, though Rembrandt's Night Watch and a few other masterpieces remain on display.
The museum was originally due to reopen this year, but that was pushed back to 2010 by disputes over design plans.
On Tuesday, the ministry said it had failed to find a builder willing to carry out the renovation for a reasonable price.
The only one to bid, Koninklijke BAM NV, offered to do it for euro222 million (US$329 million), while government estimates said it shouldn't cost more than euro134 million (US$199 million).
The government plans to call for new bids in a European tender.


Updated : 2021-05-07 08:40 GMT+08:00