Issue #58  5/14/2003
Asbestos Scare Forces Closure of Rijksmuseum

An asbestos scare has forced the indefinite closure of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the largest art museum in the Netherlands. The Rijksmuseum has an important photography collection.

According to museum sources, asbestos was found during a national buildings service inspection. The museum's main building will have to be closed to public and staff for an indefinite period.

The museum's management said there was only a small risk to public health but that they had closed the museum as a precautionary measure.

The Rijksmuseum had recently undergone a multi-million euro restoration and had been lending out some of its most important pieces to other museums and galleries.