The Hermitage Amsterdam is a dependency of the Hermitage Museum of Saint Petersburg, housed in a historic building on the river Amstel.
For centuries the building served as a retirement home and hospice, until a change in health care regulations in 2007 meant the facility had to move to a more modern location, freeing the building up for a new use. Be sure to check out the old kitchens downstairs after you visit the exhibits.
The Hermitage Amsterdam has no permanent collections, but rather hosts temporary changing exhibitions. Currently there are two special exhibits on display. The Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age is a co-production of the Amsterdam Museum and the Rijksmuseum, in cooperation with the Hermitage Amsterdam. These amazing 16th and 17th century group portraits offer quite the history lesson as well as being interesting artworks in their own right. This interactive and creative exhibit is on view until the end of 2016.
The museum is also presenting a special exhibition on three historical figures:
Alexander, Napoleon & Joséphine, a Story of Friendship, War and Art. This exhibition combines artifacts, clothing, swords, paintings, art, history and the story of the relationships between Napoleon Bonaparte and Tsar Alexander I, his friend and enemy, and Joséphine, the love of his life. This special exhibit is on display until November 2015.
The museum’s restaurant has a lovely terrace, making it a nice spot to relax with a drink or bite to eat on sunny days. In inclement weather stay warm indoors. We’d also recommend stopping by the Hoftuin next door for a meal in their lovely garden.
The Hermitage lies on the Amstel in the Plantage neighborhood. Other fantastic places to visit in the area include:
- Artis Zoo
- Hortus Botanical Garden
- Cafe Restaurant Plantage
- Scheepvaart Maritime Museum
- Cafe Restaurant De Ysbreeker
Enjoy your visit to the Hermitage!
Amstel 51, Amsterdam