Confusion over national history museum plans

Arnhem’s mayor Pauline Krikke says she expects the team behind the national history museum will be called back from its plans to locate to the Zuiderkerk in Amsterdam for the next five years.

On Friday, junior culture minister Halbe Zijstra announced that plans to set up the museum had been scrapped in order to save €50m.
At the same time, he said the museum project group would remain intact with a €4m budget for 2011 to work on expanding awareness and knowledge of Dutch history.
That team is now planning to work from the capital’s Zuiderkerk, it emerged on Tuesday.
Krikke said she had three good locations in Arnhem which could be used. ‘The minister cannot be overruled like this,’ the mayor said. ‘The aim has always been to establish the museum in Arnhem.’
MPs on Tuesday agreed to hold an emergency debate on the confusion surrounding the plans for the museum.
The Hague and Amsterdam had also competed as host locations for the museum but MPs opted for a location close to the Open Air museum in Arnhem.

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