Dutch Museum Weekend in more than 500 museums in the Netherlands

The Dutch are seduced in the coming weekend to visit hundreds of museums in the Netherlands. Museum Weekend is the biggest two-day cultural event in the Netherlands.

The theme of the 29th edition of the Museum Weekend on 10 and 11 April 2010 is ‘Seduction’. This theme was such a huge success with visitors and museums alike last year, that it is also the theme of choice this year.

During the Museum Weekend to more than 500 museums admission is free or hugely discounted. In addition, the museums will organize several special activities.

Many important museums are participating, including the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Museum Palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn and the Royal Palace.

The theme Seduction will bring together various artists by establishing a relationship between (modern) art and a typical phenomenon Amsterdam: Red Light District. For contemporary art lovers this weekend is the last chance to view exhibitions in the Groninger Museum. The museum is open Monday to end the year close to a major face lift.

The Museum Weekend attracted about 850,000 visitors last year. The event is an initiative of the Dutch Museum Association, which mainly tries to get people who do not or hardly ever visit a museum. Dutch museums during a regular weekend attract around 200,000 visitors.

Art Temples such as the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Gemeentemuseum will not participate the special weekend. They always attract many visitors.

Participating museums all fly the special Museum Weekend Flag with blue and red letters against a white backdrop.

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