For the past 40 years the Dutch government has been maintaining almost all the furniture in the Noordeinde, Huis ten Bosch, Het Loo, and Soestdijk palaces, but also paid the head of state allowance to maintain the furniture, NRC reports based on its own research.
The Het Loo palace in Apeldoorn is largely closing on January 8th next year to undergo major expansion and renovations, which are expected to cost 123 million euros and take more than three years, the Telegraaf reports.
It is expected that the palace, which is now a museum, will only open again in mid 2021. In the mean time visitors can still access the stables and the gardens and some events will still be held. The entrance fee will be adjusted in this period.
In future the national museums in the Netherlands will store their non-exhibited artworks in a single large depot. Construction of this depot will soon start in Amersfoort and it should be ready for use by 2020