€700,000 birthday present for Miffy the Rabbit

Miffy the rabbit, known as Nijntje in the Netherlands, celebrates her 60th birthday in June with a €700,000 present from the BankGiro lottery organisation.

The money is going to Utrecht’s Centraal Museum and will be used to buy the studio of Miffy’s creator Dick Bruna and re-create it in the museum. The Dick Bruna house, a separate part of the museum, will also get an interactive makeover.

In total, the lottery handed out €62.5m to 50 organisations at a gala event in Amsterdam’s Nieuwe Kerk on Tuesday evening.

Amsterdam’s science museum Nemo received €1m to convert its roof into a city square, complete with statutes which react to the elements. The Van Gogh museum gets €1.5m.

A new initiative to create a travelling museum, as part of the annual Parade theatre tour, was awarded the bizarre total of €336,904.  The new project involves the national photography museum, the musical clock museum and Rotterdam’s natural history museum.

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