Hermitage Amsterdam is a major museum showcasing exhibitions from the vast collection of the grand State Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia.
The museum is spectacularly located on the banks of the river Amstel in the Amstelhof building. This was a former old people’s home which has been converted into a magnificent exhibition space.
Following a €40 million renovation of the building, the Hermitage opened its doors in 2009 to much fanfare by former Dutch Queen Beatrix and the Russian President. It has since established itself as one of Amsterdam’s principal museums with around 400,000 annual visitors.
From the Amstel side you enter the museum via a courtyard garden and then into a foyer where you can purchase tickets. There is also an entrance on the eastern side at Neerlandiaplein accessible via the pleasant Hoftuin gardens from Weesperstraat.
Inside the foyer the all-white decor and signage is a bit disorienting at first but you can go off to either side to reach the exhibition wing spaces. You have to scan your ticket at the barrier and the glass doors open automatically.
There is no permanent collection at the Hermitage Amsterdam. Special exhibitions are held and generally run for about 6 months. You will find them beautifully presented with info in Dutch and English.
The temporary exhibition is located over 2 floors including a large main hall at the Hermitage Wing on the southern flank of the building. The following photo shows the hall in a previous exhibition:
The main exhibition is currently Jewels! Glittering at the Russian Court running until autumn 2020.
At the front of the building you will find the light and airy Church Hall – a pleasant place to sit down with views looking out onto the Amstel river.
At this side you can also visit Panorama Amsterdam. City Time Lapse, a small room with a visual exhibition showing how the city developed from the Middle Ages to the present day. Shows run consecutively in Dutch and English.
There are a couple of side-rooms – the Netherlands-Russia Room and the Regentesses Room which contain period furniture.
On the northern flank of the building is the Amsterdam Wing.
A separate permanent exhibition Portrait Gallery of the 17th Century features 30 large group portraits which have rarely seen together. This is located on the first floor and an audio tour in 6 languages is included.
On the ground floor of the Amsterdam Wing can be found the Outsider Art Museum – featuring works from international artists from the Outsider art movement – referring to people who did not study art. The collection is run in collaboration with the Dolhuys in Haarlem.
Not to be confused with the Outsider Art Gallery on Neerlandiaplein outside the museum which has works of art for sale.
There is a Café Restaurant (open 1000-1730) on the first floor of the foyer which is open to the public as well as a small café in the courtyard
An alternative place to eat/drink is at the Dignita Hoftuin, a popular glass teahouse located in the courtyard garden behind the Hermitage.
The setting of the Hermitage makes it well worth a visit – particularly if the exhibition on show is of interest to you.
Note, Hermitage Amsterdam was closed between 13 March and 31 May 2020 due to coronavirus measures. Since reopening on 1 June it is mandatory to pre-book a ticket and timeslot in order to maintain 1.5m social distancing. There are a limited number of visitors allowed and one-way walking routes are in effect.
Hermitage Amsterdam Essential Info
|Opening Times||1000-1700, last admission 1600. Open 1200-1700 on 26 Dec and 1 Jan; closed on 25 December and 27 April. Note, temporarily open Thu-Sun only.|
|Admission Prices (2020)||Hermitage all-in ticket for entry to Hermitage exhibition (Jewels!), Portait Gallery of the 17th Century and the Outsider Museum is €25.00 for adults, FREE entry for Museumkaart holders, Iamsterdam City Card holders and children 0-11.There are also separate exhibition tickets available:
Jewels! exhibition standard entry costs €18.00 for adults, €14.40 with a CJP cultural youth pass, FREE entry for Museumkaart holders, Iamsterdam City Card holders and children 0-11.
Portrait Gallery of the 17th Century standard entry is €18.00 for adults, €10.00 with a CJP, €2.50 with a Museumkaart, FREE entry to children 0-11 and Iamsterdam City Card holders. You can pre-book Portrait Gallery tickets online here
Outsider Art Museum standard entry is €14.50 for adults, €10.00 with a CJP, FREE entry to children 0-11, Iamsterdam City Card and Museumcard holders.
|Getting There||The museum is short walk from Waterlooplein along the eastern side of the Amstel river. From Amsterdam Central take tram 14 to stop Waterlooplein or metro lines 51, 53 and 54 to Waterlooplein (Hortusplantsoen exit). There is also a boat jetty outside the Amstel main entrance – some tour boats stop there.|
Hermitage Amsterdam, Amstel 51, Amsterdam
T: +31(0)20 530 7488, hermitage.nl