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 which was built in 1682. This former old people’s home has been converted into a magnificent exhibition space.
The Hermitage opened its doors in 2009 to much fanfare and has established itself as one of Amsterdam’s principal museums.
From the Amstel side you enter via a pleasant courtyard garden and then into the museum foyer. The courtyard is home to 3 ancient chestnut trees.
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 main exhibition is currently Tsars and Knights running until the end of 2021.
At the front of the building you will find the light and airy Church Hall – 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. You can also see the old kitchen at ground level.
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 Museum of the Mind (Outsider Art) – 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 on the first floor of the foyer which is (normally) 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.
It is recommended to pre-book a ticket and timeslot online in advance.
Hermitage Amsterdam Essential Info
|Opening Times||1000-1700 Wed-Sun, last admission 1600. Closed Mon-Tue.|
|Admission Prices (2021)||Hermitage all-in ticket for entry to Hermitage exhibition (Tsars and Knights), Portait Gallery of the 17th Century and the Outsider Museum is €27.50 for adults, FREE entry for Museumkaart holders, Iamsterdam City Card holders and children 0-11. There are also separate exhibition tickets available:|
Tsars and Knights exhibition standard entry costs €21.00 for adults, €16.80 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, FREE entry to children 0-11, Museumkaart and Iamsterdam City Card holders.
Museum of the Mind (Outsider Art) standard entry is €17.50 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
Last updated 1 October 2021. This article was first published in 2009 and has been regularly updated.