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...
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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.
Adults â‚¬ 7
Children up to 16 free
Amsterdam Pass free
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.
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)
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.
The renowned Amsterdam Concertgebouw hosts the Hermitage Concert Series, produced by the Amsterdam Chamber Music Foundation (Stichting Kamermuziek Amsterdam) http://www.kamconcerten.nl/
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