(Excerpt from 'Rijksmuseum celebrates opening on 13 April 2013 with weekend of festivities. Orange carpet is rolled out for the Netherlands' posted on Rijksmuseum website. Found here https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/press/press-releases/rijksmuseum-celebrates-opening-on-13-april-2013-with-weekend-of-festivities-orange-carpet-is-rolled-out-for-the-netherlands)
As a national institute, the Rijksmuseum offers a representative overview of Dutch art and history from the Middle Ages onwards, and of major aspects of European and Asian art.
The Rijksmuseum opens on Saturday 13 April with a festive programme on Amsterdam’s Museumplein, led by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands who will perform the official opening ceremony in front of the Rijksmuseum. Everyone is welcome to join the outdoor opening programme starting at 11:30AM. Following the ceremony at noon, members of the public will be able to access the museum free of charge until midnight, entering on a long orange carpet that will stretch like a catwalk from Museumplein to the Rijksmuseum’s spectacular new Atrium entrance. To give as many people as possible the opportunity to visit the museum, members of the public will be taken on a special tour of the highlights of the museum’s celebrated collection.
Before the official ceremony begins at midday, Queen Beatrix will receive a guided tour of the transformed Rijksmuseum, and will hear private performances by trumpet player Eric Vloeimans and the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, and a recital by writer Remco Campert of a poem that he created especially for the opening. An artwork by Dutch designer Christian Borstlap will also be unveiled in the museum and will remain on show for the opening weekend.
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