The Rijksmuseum (photo by Myra May)

It has taken almost a decade, but on Saturday, April 13, 2013, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam will reopen after a massive renovation that includes a new Asian pavilion and a renovated garden.

The event will mean the museum’s world-renowned collection of Netherlandish painting, including Rembrandt’s seminal “The Night Watch” (1642) and Vermeer’s “The Milkmaid” (c.1657–58), will be back on display, but that’s not the best part.

The new Rijksmuseum will be the first second national museum in the world which will open 365 days of the year from 9am to 5pm each day.

Museumgoers of the world rejoice!

Correction: Our awesome readers made us aware that the Rijksmuseum will not be the first national museum to be open 365 days a year. The first was Te Papa Tongarewa in New Zealand, which has been open every day since 1998!

Hrag Vartanian is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic.

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