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Hermitage Amsterdam

In the early 1990s Professor Mikhail Piotrovsky, director of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg was considering the possibility of having satellites of the museum in the West. The Nieuwe Kerk and the Hermitage had already established a strong relationship through the organisation of major exhibitions, and Ernst Veen, director of the Nieuwe Kerk, suggested that Amsterdam would be the ideal location for a branch of the Russian museum, given the historical links between the two cities over the past 300 years.

At the same time the Nursing-home Amstelhof Foundation decided that the building no longer met modern nursing standards. The Foundation United Amstel Houses (an umbrella organisation of 23 institutions in the Amsterdam region) which Amstelhof is part of decided to build new nursing homes and to make the Amstelhof available exclusively for cultural purposes.

In 1988 Ernst Veen was awarded a prize for economic development in Amsterdam, the IJ Prize, and the money that came with it was used to fund a feasibility study for a Hermitage branch in Amsterdam. The results of this study proved favourable so the Stichting Hermitage aan de Amstel was founded. Because of the future destination of the Amstelhof as Hermitage Amsterdam museum (expected to be completed in 2009) the Reformed Congregation transferred the property to the City of Amsterdam in 1999.

In 2000 a part of the complex, the Neerlandia building on Nieuwe Herengracht, was offered to the Hermitage Amsterdam because it was regarded as unsuitable for nursing care. It was decided to open in this building at the end of February 2004 as the first phase with small exh... [ Read all ]

Permanent Collection

All objects in the exhibitions are taken from the enormous collection of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. The site of this museum gives you more information on the museum and its collections:

The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg is Russia's premier art museum. It began life as the private art collection of the imperial family and was nationalised and greatly expanded after the Revolution. The Museum is housed in the buildings of the former imperial palace in the centre of St Petersburg. They comprise the Baroque Winter Palace built by Bartolemeo Rastrelli for the Empress Elizabeth, the Neoclassical Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage and Hermitage Theatre built by Vallin de la Mothe, Yuri Velten and Giacomo Quarenghi respectively for Catherine the Great and the Historicist New Hermitage built by Leo von Klenze for Nicholas I. The latter was built as a museum where the cream of the imperial collection could be shown to the public. It opened its doors in 1852 and was known as the Imperial Hermitage Museum up to 1917.


Art Nouveau
13 October 2007 – 5 May 2008
The Hermitage Amsterdam will be dedicating its eighth exhibition to the beauties of Art Nouveau. The objects produced within this movement are the highlights of the Western decorative arts collection in the Hermitage in St Petersburg. This collection of Art Nouveau has not previously been on show in the Netherlands. Amongst the major works are the gifts to the last tsars made by the glassmakers Émile Gallé and the Daum brothers; works by René Lalique and Carl Fabergé will also be included.
St Petersburg is often seen as the city of Peter and Catherine the Great, a place full of palaces with art from the 17th and 18th centuries. But the city also took part in the European art movements of the 19th and early 20th centuries. This was certainly the case with the ‘new styles’ that conquered Europe around 1900: Jugendstil, the Vienna Secession and Art Nouveau found an echo in the city on the Neva. The new art of France was particularly appreciated. The people of St Petersburg bought the striking French works and had their houses remodelled in the new style; Russian artists created their own version of it. The last Tsar and Tsarina, Nicholas and Alexandra, were keen followers of the new fashion. In an unusual exhibition the Hermitage Amsterdam is presenting the best of French and Russian Art Nouveau.

Previous Exhibitions

Most recent info


Greek Gold

Nicholas & Alexandra

Venezia! Art of the 18th century

Pilgrim Treasures
Byzantium – Jerusalem

Silver Wonders from the East

Collectors in St. Petersburg

Exhibitions (4)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

“Photographs from the Hermitage


Adults € 7
Children up to 16 free
Amsterdam Pass free

Opening hours

During the Art Nouveau Exhibition, from 13 October 2007 till 5 May 2008 the Hermitage Amsterdam is open daily from 10 am till 5 pm.

Getting there

Public Transport
For directions to Amsterdam from elsewhere in the Netherlands: please call the Public Transport Information line, 0900-9292

In Amsterdam: From Central Station: tram 4 (Rembrandtplein), 9 (Waterlooplein) and subway (Waterlooplein)
From Zuid/WTC: metro 51 to Waterlooplein
From Sloterdijk Station: metro 50 to Zuid/WTC, from there metro 51 to Waterlooplein
From Amstel Station: metro 51, 52, 53 to Waterlooplein

The Hermitage Amsterdam is also accessible by the Museum boat (Stopera)

Vehicle Access
Limited (paid) parking space is available in the vicinity, or in the secured underground
'Muziektheater' parking. Other parkings nearby are 'Waterlooplein' on Valkenburgerstraat and 'Markenhoven' opposite the IJtunnel policestation.

Please click here for a map


Wheelchair Access
All the galleries and facilities are accessible for wheelchair users.

Museum Shop
On the ground floor of the Hermitage Amsterdam there is a museum shop and café.

Museum internal and external photos (4)

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News and events

The renowned Amsterdam Concertgebouw hosts the Hermitage Concert Series, produced by the Amsterdam Chamber Music Foundation (Stichting Kamermuziek Amsterdam)


The Hermitage Amsterdam also has an education workshop where introductions about the exhibition are being given to groups (max. 40 pers.).


For the time being, it is not possible to organize guided tours because of the limited space of the galleries.


The cost of renovating the Neerlandia Building will be 4 million euro, and the whole plan has a building budget of 39 million euro. The costs will be met with the aid of the sponsor, the Bank Giro Loterij, and the subsidising bodies, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Province of North Holland, the City of Amsterdam and the W.E. Jansen Fund.

Exhibitions are made possible by KPMG and Aon Artscope Insurance.

Bank Giro Loterij

Supported by
Provincie Noord-Holland
Gemeente Amsterdam


Heineken International


IBM Nederland