After nine years of extensive renovation and refurbishment, the Stedelijk museum in Amsterdam has finally reopened its doors to the public.
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands was present to open the museum, which now features a new bathtub-shaped extension designed by Mels Crouwel.
Built from bullet-proof material, designers hope the new extension will bring the 19th century museum into the 21st.
Its bathtub shape, topped by a large overhanging roof, has been described only as "shiny, flashy and white'" by its designer, and stands at 100 metres tall.
The museum has also converted almost all of its program spaces into galleries to house the Stedelijk's first permanent collection of contemporary art and design.
The collection already includes works by famous surrealists, Picasso and Matisse.
As one set of doors opened, another closed as Amsterdam's best known art gallery, the Van Gogh museum, shut for refurbishment until April 2013.
Until then, 75 Van Gogh works have been moved to the Hermitage museum, amongst them some of his most famous masterpieces - Sunflowers, Irises and Bedroom.
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