In one corner, a venerable guardian of Rembrandt and other Old Masters, reopening April 13. In the other, a recently opened upstart devoted to some of the more artistic expressions in American advertising. Together they represent two of the splashiest — if poles-apart — openings in the museum world. 


Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

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Representing 800 years of Dutch culture via 8,000 artworks installed in 80 rooms
















Architecture

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The original 1885 castlelike building was given a 10-year makeover to update the original landmark, incorporate previous additions, and add a stone-and-glass Asian Pavilion.





















Collection Highlights


“Night Watch” by Rembrandt, plus works by other Dutch heavyweights including Vincent Van Gogh, Johannes Vermeer, and Frans Hals 



















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Jannes-Linders-Eregalerij

The first major museum to be open 365 days per year 


Neon Museum, Las Vegas

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Preserving more than 150 neon signs dating from the 1930s largely culled from former Vegas hotels, casinos, and restaurants


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The clamshell-shaped, 1961-vintage La Concha Motel lobby was moved and repurposed as the visitors center, gateway to the 2-acre outdoor campus where most of the neon resides.


Collection Highlights


Iconic glowing signs from bygone properties including the Moulin Rouge, Desert Inn, Flamingo, and Stardust




















Global Boast




The largest collection of neon signs in the world