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Dutch Heritage Amsterdam exhibitions

Hermitage Amsterdam is a major museum located on the Amstel in Amsterdam. Between 2009-2022 it held regular exhibitions from the vast collection of the grand State Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia.

However, due to the situation between Russia and Ukraine, it was decided in March 2022 to cut ties with Russia. For now, the museum is running a series of exhibitions called Dutch Heritage Amsterdam. It also hosts the Portrait Gallery of the 17th Century in conjunction with Amsterdam Museum and the Rijksmuseum.

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.

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Hermitage Museum on the Amstel in Amsterdam

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.

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Hermitage Amsterdam – courtyard

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.

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 first Dutch Heritage Amsterdam exhibition is the Milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer (from the Rijksmuseum) running 1 Apr to 15 May 2022.

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Milk Maid by Vermeer

At the front of the building you will find the light and airy Church Hall – with views looking out onto the Amstel river.

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Hermitage Amsterdam – Church Hall

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 – including the Regentesses Room which contains period furniture. You can also see the old kitchen at ground level.

On the northern flank of the building is the Amsterdam Wing.

Amsterdam Museum is running exhibitions at the Hermitage building whilst undergoing a major renovation at its Kalverstraat location between 2022-2025.

This includes the 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.

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Hermitage Amsterdam – Portrait Gallery of the 17th Century

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.

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Hermitage Amsterdam – Café Restaurant

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.

Hermitage Amsterdam Essential Info

Opening TimesDaily 1000-1700.
Admission Prices (2022)All-in ticket (for Dutch Heritage Amsterdam + Amsterdam Museum + Museum of the Mind) costs €25 for adults (12 and over). FREE entry to children 0-11, Iamsterdam City Card holders and Museumkaart holders.

Tickets for individual components are also available, though the all-in ticket is the better value option. The prices for adults (12 and over) are as follows:

Dutch Heritage Amsterdam €15
Amsterdam Museum (including Portrait Gallery) €18
Museum of the Mind (Outsider Art) €17.50

Order the Iamsterdam City Card online here which includes free entrance to the Hermitage Museum.

Getting ThereThe 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 13 April 2022. This article was first published in 2009 and has been regularly updated.

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