Hermitage Amsterdam is the Dutch dependance of the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg. The museum is situated in the ‘Plantage’ area and located in a 17th century historical building on the banks of the River Amstel. The idea was born to reach a larger audience for the numerous Russian art objects and to establish another dependance of the Hermitage Museum Saint Petersburg. In 2004, it started as a small museum at the canal. The museum expanded between 2007 and 2009 and therefore got renovated. The current Hermitage Amsterdam is located in the ‘Amstelhof’ building with its beautiful views over the canals, counting over 138,000 square feet total. The European satellite museum has two large exhibition halls, smaller exhibition rooms, lecture halls, offices, staff accommodations and a restaurant. Every half year a new exhibition (from Hermitage in Saint Petersburg) is shown in the Hermitage Amsterdam. A year after the official opening in 2009, the museum already welcomed more than 1 million visitors and became a real highlight for the city of Amsterdam.
It all started in 1697, when Tsar Peter the Great visited Amsterdam. The city of Amsterdam really inspired him when establishing the capital of Saint Petersburg. The connection between the two countries became stronger and it was the beginning of a friendship. During the Golden Age, the two countries became important trading partners. Members of the royal Dutch family even got married with members or descendants of the imperial Romanov family. The year 2013 is marked as the ‘Netherlands – Russia’ year and their special relationship.
Following the example of the Hermitage Saint Petersburg, Hermitage Amsterdam is highly focused on children and their education. Hermitage offers creative programs for children inspired by the exhibitions (in a separate building). There are several studios to do workshops for families as well as for children. Especially for elementary education in Amsterdam, the organization even established a website for children to develop their artistic talents. Furthermore, the Hermitage Amsterdam offers a Study Centre, free of access. Here you can study books, magazines, figures, film strips and even read the present day news in Russia. They offer free Wi-Fi in the study room and are open to the public every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday between 1pm – 5pm. For the Hermitage museum, you can also book a professional guide and reserve audio tours. For a cup of coffee, lunch or even dinner the Neva café- restaurant is open from 9am onwards.
0031 20 530 8755
Tramline 9 | Metro lines 51, 53, 54
Daily from 10 am to 5 pm
No closing days
Accessible for disabled people (elevators & special toilets)
Adults EUR 15,00 – Children 0-6 FREE Children 7-17 EUR 5.00
CJP card: EUR 12.00
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