Your visit to the Rijksmuseum can be a thrilling experience. It is one of the popular museums around the world and is visited by many people from around the world. Though the facts about the things displayed in the museum are known to almost all who visit the place, there are many facts about the museum which may be unknown to many people including you. Therefore, herein are listed some of the unknown facts about the Rijksmuseum.
One Million Objects Are In The Museum Among Which Only 8000 Are Displayed
The collection of the things to be displayed in this museum started long before the museum was constructed. Presently there are about one million objects in the museum in total of which only 8000 are on public display. It will take considerable time for you to see all the things displayed in the museum. The total walking distance of the museum galleries is about 1.5 km.
The Museum Has A Road In It
It is the only museum in the world with a road in it. With the aim of connecting the historic centre with the new places that is going to be built on the other side, the museum was built at the edge of the city. Until 1931, the road was open for the motor vehicles but this was stopped because the vehicles posed threat to the displays and the building. However bicycles are allowed on this road even now.
It Was Closed For 10 Years
It is a lesser known fact that the museum was closed for around ten years because of a flood. The renovation works were planned to be finished in a year, but they took 9 more years to completely restore the museum.
The Museum Is Built On More Than 8000 Wooden Piles
In Netherlands, the sea level is not used as a measurement because the major part of Amsterdam is below the sea level. For this reason, most of the buildings in Amsterdam are built on wooden piles. The Rijksmuseum is also built on some 8000 wooden piles which supports the building.
The Largest Art Library In The Netherlands Which Is Public Friendly
The Rijksmuseum is that one museum which has the largest art library inside of it which is also open to the public. The library will be the best place to find answers to any of your doubts about the exhibitions in the museum.
If you are planning to go on a Rijksmuseum tour it will be in your best interests to know these facts about the museum so that you can enjoy the trip more.