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Hermitage Museum in Amsterdam

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.

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 space. You have to scan your ticket at the barrier and the glass doors open automatically. The exhibition is located over 2 floors including a large main hall on each wing.

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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. You can also see some side-rooms with period furniture and an 18th century cellar kitchen.

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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 main exhibition at the Hermitage is: Treasury! running 2 February to 25 August 2019.

A special exhibition Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age features 30 large group portraits from the 17th century which have rarely seen together. These are on permanent display at a separate exhibit at the Hermitage. An audio tour in 6 languages is included.

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Panorama Amsterdam. City Time Lapse is a visual exhibition showing how the city developed from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Part of the Hermitage is dedicated to 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.

There is the chic Café Restaurant (open 1000-1730) on the first floor of the foyer which is open to the public. An alternative place to eat is at the Dignita Hoftuin, a 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.

Hermitage Amsterdam Essential Info

Opening Times Daily 1000-1700, last admission 1600. Open 1200-1700 on 25 Dec and 1 Jan; closed on 27 April.
Admission Prices (2019) Hermitage all-in ticket for entry to Hermitage exhibition (Treasury!), Portait Gallery of the Golden Age and the Outsider Museum is €25.00 for adults, €2.50 with a Museumkaart, FREE entry for Iamsterdam City Card holders and children 0-11.

Treasury! exhibition standard entry costs €18.00 for adults, €10.00 with a CJP cultural youth pass, €2.50 with a Museumkaart, FREE entry for Iamsterdam City Card holders and children 0-11.

Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age 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.

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

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