09/23/2011 03:03 pm ET Updated Nov 22, 2011

Amsterdam's Museumplein Museums To Close For Renovations; Tourism Woes Follow

Visitors to the Dutch capital next year intending to visit its three leading art museums will need to plan their trip carefully—or they might be disappointed to find the Van Gogh Museum shut, part of the Stedelijk closed and only the Rijksmuseum’s Philips Wing open, its main building a construction site. While the directors of the three institutions on Amsterdam’s Museumplein sort out their building woes, they also have budget cuts to manage.

“It sometimes seems as if everything that could have gone wrong with the Museumplein building projects has gone wrong,” said Wim Pijbes, the Rijksmuseum’s general director, quickly adding: “We have a bright future ahead from 2013.”