The Hermitage Museum in Amsterdam has temporary exhibitions that change every six months. All artworks shown belong to the collection of the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg in Russia and include paintings, sculptures and archeological finds. Even if you are not interested in Russian art, you might like to visit the museum because the building itself is of historic interest.
Amsterdam and St Petersburg
Amsterdam in the Netherlands and St Petersburg in Russia are miles apart, but closely connected.
Question: What have Amsterdam and St Petersburg in common?
Answer: The Hermitage and Tsar Peter the Great.
Tsar Peter the Great (1672-1725) purchased paintings of maritime scenes during his visit to Holland. These together with Catherine the Great’s collection of art works by foreign and Russian artists formed the basis for the collection of works of art in the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg.
Hermitage in Amsterdam
The Hermitage Museum in Amsterdam is not as grand as the Russian Hermitage which comprises 350 exhibition rooms and 2, 5 million objects still the Dutch cousin is one of the larger museums in Amsterdam. Four wings and twenty-one exhibition rooms showcase rotating exhibitions of works of art on loan from the St Petersburg Hermitage. Nor has the Amsterdam branch an army of cats to protect the works of art from being gnarled. The Dutch branch is housed in a 17th century former home for the elderly; a building that consisted of a warren of darkish small rooms. Today it’s spacious and light and very well suited as a background for outstanding works of art.
The Hermitage Amsterdam is a popular museum and waiting lines are often long. Buy your ticket online and skip the queue!
Opening Hours: Daily 10.00-17.00
photo credit Marianne Crone