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Along the orange walkway into (art) history: the reopening of the Rijksmuseum
On Saturday april 13 the newly renovated Rijksmuseum was reopened, as you might have heard if you're Dutch or have an interest in museums. Roeland and I went to Amsterdam that day to catch some of the vibe, and to try to get into the museum (me being, als Roeland called it, quite deprestimistic about our chances on that). When we arrived at the Museumplein, where the museum is located (as are the Stedelijk Museum and the Van Gogh Museum) it was fairly busy but not as extremely as I had anticipated. The ceremonial opening by the queen had been concluded and brass bands were spreading across the square, each playing different music. An announcement was made that in several minutes, the public would be allowed to step onto the orange walkway leading towards the entrance to enter the museum. We found out where the crowd control barriers would be opened and positioned ourselves somewhere nearby. Several minutes turned out to be over half an hour. Then they started letting people trough, in small groups. People started to push towards the opening and it was a bit of a challenge at times not to get seperated by the (fortunately quite civilized) crowd. But eventually we made it onto the orange walkway and walked towards the entrance. There, we encountered another, smaller crowd, and had to wait for a while before we could enter the museum. The museum's entrance hall, mind you, where we spent another half hour or so waiting. But then, finally, we could enter the exhibition rooms! We're pretty sure we were amongst the first 1000 'commoners' (ergo: non-invited people) to visit the museum, maybe even the first 500.
The museum did well in crowd control: letting people in in small groups at a time, lots and lots of personnel, and a route trough part of the museum that visitors had to follow. This wasn't the time for looking at objects in detail. The idea was for people to get an impression of the renovated museum and the new way the collection is displayed.
From the news coverage I've read, seen and heard I liked
Simon Schama on the renovated Rijksmuseum
Geplaatst op 18-04-2013.