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H’ART Museum in Amsterdam

formerly Hermitage Museum

H’ART Museum Amsterdam (formerly Hermitage) is a major museum located on the Amstel in Amsterdam. It runs major art exhibitions in conjunction with the British Museum in London, Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Between 2009-2022 it held regular exhibitions from the vast collection of the grand State Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia. However, due to the deterioration of Western-Russian relations over Ukraine, the museum decided in March 2022 to cut ties with Russia.

In September 2023 the museum was rebranded as the H’ART Museum.

The museum is located on the banks of the river Amstel in a spectacular building which was opened in 1683 as the Diaconie Oude Vrouwen Huys – a sanctuary for older ladies. At the time it had the longest facade of any building in the country.

In 1817 it became an old people’s home for both men and women and was renamed Amstelhof in 1953. The home was finally closed in 2007 and the building was repurposed into a magnificent exhibition space, opening as the Hermitage in 2009.

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H’ART Museum on the Amstel in Amsterdam

From the Amstel side you enter via a short passageway into a pleasant courtyard garden. This is home to 3 ancient chestnut trees and 4 wingnut trees.

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H’ART Museum Amsterdam – courtyard

There is also an entrance on the eastern side at Neerlandiaplein accessible via the pleasant Hoftuin gardens from Weesperstraat.

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H’ART Museum – eastern side

Inside the foyer the all-white decor and signage is a bit disorienting at first – but after getting your tickets you can go off to either side to reach the exhibition wing spaces.

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H’ART Museum Amsterdam – foyer
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H’ART Museum Amsterdam – ticket desk

There are currently 3 elements to the H’ART Museum:

  • the current H’ART special temporary exhibition
  • the Amsterdam Museum exhibition
  • The Museum of The Mind (Outsider Art)

H’ART Museum Temporary Exhibition

On the northern flank of the building is the H’ART Museum Wing which is now being used for temporary exhibitions. To enter you have to scan your ticket at the barrier and the glass doors open automatically.

The inaugural H’ART exhibition is Julius Caesar, I came, I saw, I met my doom – about the life of the iconic Roman general. It features 150 historical objects. It is running 16 Sep 2023 to 20 May 2024.

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H’ART Museum Amsterdam – Julius Caesar exhibition
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H’ART Museum Amsterdam – Julius Caesar exhibition 2023-24
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H’ART Museum Amsterdam – Julius Caesar exhibit

H’ART Museum has announced its program for temporary exhibitions running to 2028:

Wassily Kandinsky: June – November 2024
David Levinthal photographs: November 2024 – March 2025
Rembrandt: April – August 2025
Constantin Brancusi: September 2025 – February 2026
USA program: March – August 2026
Henri Matisse: September 2026 – February 2027
Feminine Power: Spring – Summer 2027
Surrealism: September 2027 – February/March 2028
Fernand Léger: September 2028 – February/March 2029

Amsterdam Museum in H’ART Museum

The Amsterdam Museum location at Kalverstraat in the city centre is closed and under long-term renovation (2022-2025).

The Amsterdam Museum wing on the southern flank of the H’ART Museum is given way for a temporary Amsterdam-themed exhibition.

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Amsterdam Museum @H’ART Museum on the Amstel

The Panorama Amsterdam exhibition has 250 objects on display covering a mix of 17th century art and modern day city themes.

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Amsterdam Museum wing at H’ART

The exhibition continues in smaller rooms at the sides of the main hall.

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Exhibition rooms of Amsterdam Museum at H’ART

Museum of the Mind (Outsider Art)

On the ground floor of the Amsterdam Museum 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 Museum of the Mind (Museum van de Geest) at the Dolhuys in Haarlem.

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Museum of the Mind (Outsider Art)

The current exhibition is Who Cares? A tribute to victims and care heroes during WWII – in the fields of psychiatry and mental health care. Exhibition ongoing until 1 Dec 2024.

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Museum of the Mind (Outsider Art) – Who Cares exhibition

This should not be confused with the Outsider Art Gallery on Neerlandiaplein outside the museum which has works of art for sale.

H’ART Museum Church Hall

At the front of the building you will find the light and airy Church Hall (Kerkzaal) – perhaps one of the most beautiful rooms in Amsterdam. This was a worshipping place in the former old people’s home.

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H’ART Museum – Church Hall

It has magnificent views over the Amstel river as well as the inner courtyard garden.

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H’ART Museum – Great views of the Amstel from the Church Hall

H’ART Museum facilities

An audio tour is included with admission. Free lockers are available near the ticket desk.

The H’ART Museum shop (open 1030-1700) is found on the ground floor of the H’ART Museum wing.

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H’ART Museum – shop

The H’ART Museum Grand Café is on the first floor of the foyer which is open to the public without need for a museum ticket.

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H’ART Museum – Grand Café

An alternative place to eat/drink is at the Dignita Hoftuin, a popular glass teahouse located in the Hoftuin gardens behind the H’ART Museum on the eastern side.

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Dignita Hoftuin in Amsterdam

A large auditorium is found on the 2nd floor of the foyer, above the café.

After 13 years as the Hermitage, the new H’ART Museum is finding its place on the international museum scene. With a beautiful building and a great setting on the Amstel, it is certainly worth a visit – particularly if the exhibition on show is of interest to you.

H’ART Museum Amsterdam Essential Info

H’ART Museum Opening Hours

Daily 1000-1700.

H’ART Museum Admission

Julius Ceasar H’ART exhibition costs €22.50 for adults, €15.00 for youths 12-17. FREE entry to children 0-11, I Amsterdam City Card holders and Museumkaart holders.

All-in ticket (for main exhibition + Amsterdam Museum + Museum of the Mind) costs €32.50 for adults, €15.00 for youths 12-17. FREE entry to children 0-11, I Amsterdam City Card holders and Museumkaart holders.

Amsterdam Museum exhibition costs €18.00 for adults. FREE entry to children 0-17, I Amsterdam City Card holders and Museumkaart holders. Book Amsterdam Museum tickets here

Museum of the Mind (Outsider Art) costs €17.50 for adults (age13+). FREE entry to children 0-12, I Amsterdam City Card holders and Museumkaart holders.

Order the I Amsterdam City Card online here which includes free all-in entrance to the H’ART Museum.

How to Get to H’ART Museum

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.

H’ART Museum Address / Contact

H’ART Museum Amsterdam, Amstel 51, Amsterdam
T: +31(0)20 530 7488, hartmuseum.nl

Last updated 8 March 2024. This article was first published in 2009 and has been regularly updated.

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