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The exterior of the Rijksmuseum (State Museum) in Amsterdam, a Dutch national museum, devoted mostly to an extensive art collection consisting of paintings from the "Dutch Golden Age," but it also houses an impressive collection of Asian art. The museum was founded in The Hague in 1800 to house various collections, but was moved to Amsterdam in 1808, when famous paintings such as Rembrandt's "Night Watch" became part of the permanent collection. Other significant works include Rembrandt's "The Jewish Bride," "Peter Denying Christ," and "Tobias, Anna and the Goat." Other painters whose work is part of the permanent collection include Johannes Vermeer ("The Milkmaid," "The Love Letter," and "The Little Street), and Frans Hals. The competition held to decide who would design a new building was won by Pierre Cuypers in 1876, whereupon construction began later that year. Various additions have taken place since to house other collections. A major restoration is currently underway that isn't scheduled to be completed until 2010. Much of the old interior decoration will be restored, but currently only a fraction of the art collection is on display in the Philips wing.

I tried to clean this up as much as possible; it was taken with my small pocket camera when I was a teenager! It's a very neat old building; can't wait to see what the interior looks like after the renovation!

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