A unique national museum
Muiderslot castle has been a national museum since 1878. Before then, the castle was completely dilapidated and even came close to being demolished. Fortunately that never happened because King William I got involved. In 1878, the castle became one of the first national museums in the Netherlands. The castle was renovated thoroughly by the architect Pierre Cuypers, whom you may know from Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and Amsterdam Central Station.