Hermitage Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Hermitage Amsterdam is the Dutch branch of the world-famous Hermitage in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The Hermitage Amsterdam is an exhibition space and cultural education centre with a focus on Russian history and culture. It displays rotating selections of pieces from the Hermitage collection in Russia. These include paintings, graphic works, sculptures, applied art and archaeological discoveries. Hermitage Amsterdam has a special children’s section and regularly holds workshops focused on fun and creativity.

Tsar Peter had a special relationship with Amsterdam, having lived in the city for several years. He founded the very first public museum in Russia, and some of the exhibits at the original Hermitage were items he acquired in the Netherlands. Back then, the museum offered visitors a free shot of vodka to entice them inside.



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Jim C (2 years ago)
This museum had a smaller permanent collection on display than others in Amsterdam. It was really only one room. They did have audio guides that let you hear about many of the major works. In addition to the permanent collection, they did have a temporary exhibit as well. When we were there it was about justice and equality. We finished with the permanent collection in under 45 minutes. We were done with the whole museum after about 1 hour and 15 minutes. The entrance is actually a little hard to find. You can enter on the canal side or on the side street. But you need to make your way into a courtyard.
Masayo Nomura (2 years ago)
I came to this museum for the first time when I heard that the "Tower of Babel" was coming to Amsterdam. This wasn't crowded and I was able to see the paintings slowly. It is also recommended to take a break at the courtyard cafe where the green of trees and grass is beautiful.
Petra Klamova (2 years ago)
Very informative. They are extremely quick at updating the content as you can see parts of exhibition dedicated to events of 2022. As you walk through they do a beautiful job at blending and contrasting the original art pieces with their modern counterparts. Free audioguide provided.
R S (2 years ago)
In light of the ongoing situation in Eastern Europe, the museum decided to break away from its partnership with the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. In support of the gesture by the museum, the Rijksmuseum has loaned ‘The Milkmaid’ by Johannes Vermeer to the Dutch Heritage Museum for a short period. As a result, it is on display alongside a very interesting and informative exhibition on Vermeer’s painting style. The museum is a beautiful space with spacious interiors, amenities, and a lovely garden/courtyard space. Lovely visit and well recommended for those that want to gain insight on Vermeer whilst this exhibition is on for a short period.
Madan A (2 years ago)
Fantastic exhibition, well currently there are two of them. Democracy and Russian avant-garde. I personally think one was kept just to bring the contrast out of the other. Overall a beautiful museum. Easily can spend 3-4 hours. The free audio guide is a must, the narrator personality is charming.
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Soon the idea of a museum arose, and that was realised in 1833, which is The Royal Danish Collection’s official year of establishment.