Dutch households who like to spend the day out during the summer holidays now pay more to do so than five years ago. The costs involved in a day out on average increased more than consumer prices over the past five years, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday. Entrance fees for museums, zoos, and amusement parks in particular saw a significant increase.
One million tourists are expected to visit the Netherlands during the Easter weekend, 150 thousand more than last year, according to the Netherlands board of tourism and convention NBTC. Mainly tourists from the Netherlands' neighboring countries will visit this weekend, NOS reports.
Around two thirds of the Easter visitors come from Germany and a quarter from Belgium, the NBTC estimates. In addition, some 350 thousand Dutch people will also go on holiday in the Netherlands this weekend.
The police arrested a 16-year-old boy for stealing 150 thousand euros worth of museum pieces from a museum in Amsterdam. The young thief was caught when he went to an art dealer with an Egyptian figurine from the 4th century BC asking for more information about the object, the police said.
The teenager was unlucky in his choice of art dealers, because this dealer had previously sold that specific figurine to an Amsterdam museum. She decided to call the museum and ask whether they had lost it, and that turned out to be the case.
Museum Huis van Hulde reconstructed the face of a Russian soldier who was killed in a battle in Castricum in 1799. The soldier's skeleton was discovered in the dunes last year. His origin was determined with a DNA investigation, and his face was reconstructed using forensic techniques, according to the museum. The reconstructed soldier will form part of the museum's Vijand in het Zand exhibition from Friday.
The success of a few large museums in the Netherlands created the image that all is well in the museum world, but that is not the case at all, according to the Council for Culture. Small museums in the country are struggling, the Council warns, RTL Nieuws reports.
Public attractions like the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam with its collection of Rembrandts, or the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague with its Mondriaans, have nothing to complain about. But the smaller museums are having a very hard time attracting visitors, according to the Council.
Everyone who took part in the discussion on social media about the Mauritshuis Museum removing its namesake's bust from the foyer over the past days, can visit the museum in The Hague for free on Sunday, January 28th, museum director Emilie Gordenker announced on television program Buitenhof on Sunday.
British singer David Bowie passed away at the age of 69 on Sunday after an 18 month long battle with cancer, his family announced and his son confirmed on Twitter. The Groninger Museum is currently hosting an exhibition on the pop icon's career called Dawid Bowie is. The exhibition can be viewed until March 13th.
The renovated Mauritshuis in The Hague attracted a record number of 600 thousand visitors in its first year after its reopening, the museum reports on its website.
It seems that pieces of flight MH17 wreckage has turned up in a museum in Russia, RTL reports.
The organization behind the Wereldmuseum (World Museum) in Rotterdam is deteriorating, with a falling number of visitors and barely any sponsors, according to a highly-critical audit of the museum by researcher Gitta Luiten.
Sales of the national Museum Card sales saw an impressive rise in 2014 of about ten percent. Over 100,000 more Museum Cards were sold in comparison to the year before.
The Netherlands has the third highest rate of cultural attendance in Europe. This includes museum tours taken, orchestras attended and theaters visited.The only countries in Europe to have a higher rate are Denmark and Sweden.
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has received its four-millionth visitor since reopening in April 2013. The museum underwent a major refurbishment lasting ten years, including a complete renovation of the side exhibition wing.
One of the only meteorites ever found in the Netherlands has been stolen from the Sonnenborgh Museum and Observatory in Utrecht.
Dutch resistance hero, the 91-year-old Henk Zanoli, has received and returned a high distinction from Israel. Zanoli earned the Righteous Among the Nations medal for saving a Jewish child from being deported to a concentration camp during the German invasion in the Second World War, but said that keeping the medal would be an "insult to the family", Israeli paper Haaretz reports.
The Van Gogh Museum has is received its millionth visitor for 2014. The lucky visitor, Mrs van Waveren from Zwaag, received a bouquet of sunflowers an a voucher for ten gallons of decorative paint after entering the museum.
Wednesday marked the end of paper tickets on trains in the Netherlands, and so far there have been few problems, the NS said. Instead of buying single-use paper tickets, train passengers can instead buy single-use OV chip cards, though they are not sold in every machine at train stations.
The Railway Museum in Utrecht wants to add a special item to their collection. Conservator Jos Zijlstra is going on the hunt for the last ever NS paper train ticket that will be printed out fro a machine somewhere in The Netherlands.
The Railway Museum in Utrecht has offered a reward of €25,000 for the oldest train ticket in the Netherlands. The ticket is thought to be a one-way ticket from Amsterdam to Harlem on the country's first railway, and dated September 1839.
Four children aged between 9 and 11 years destroyed a mine museum in Kerkrade, Limburg on Saturday. According to a police spokesperson, the young vandals were apprehended, and contact was made with their parents.
Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, visited the Anne Frank House on Sunday, after hundreds of books about Anne Frank were destroyed in Tokyo last month.
Nearly 1.2 million people visited the Anne Frank House in 2013. The museum on the Prinsengracht saw an increase of about 42,000 guests to 1,195,456.
The Frick Collection museum in New York City is exhibiting masterpieces of Dutch painting.
At a meeting in Nijmegen the state announced its plans for a national World War II museum. The Freedom Museum World War II will be built in Nijmegen.