A 17th-century old people’s home by the Amstel river has been converted into exhibition spaces to display exquisite treasures from the vast collections of St Petersburg's Hermitage Museum. Usually two blockbuster exhibitions take place each year. Some of the collections focus on Russian history and culture, others on wider European art – recent and forthcoming exhibitions have included masterpiece Impressionist paintings.
Amsterdam has a special relationship with Russia – Peter the Great once lived in the city and was inspired by the canalside location to build St Petersburg. He founded the original Hermitage Museum using exhibits he had collected while in Amsterdam.
The nearest tram stop is Waterlooplein. Check the museum website for information on current and upcoming exhibitions; quality audio tours, in English and Dutch, are created for each exhibition. The on-site Café Neva is a stylish place, serving international and Dutch dishes (plus drinks and snacks), open daytime and evenings.
The museum is open all year round, seven days a week, 10am-5pm, with late openings until 8pm on Wednesdays. Wednesday evenings and also weekday afternoons tend to be the least busy. Most exhibitions are extremely popular, meaning there are often queues to get in and crowds inside. Late mornings on weekends are usually busiest and worth avoiding.
The museum has a separate wing housing the Hermitage for Children, with changing, hands-on exhibits and an ongoing educational programme.
The Hermitage Amsterdam is wheelchair accessible throughout, with lifts and disabled toilets.
- Type Museum
- Place Amsterdam
- Notoriety Somewhat known
- Price guide $$$$$
- Adults price from £12
- Recommended duration 2 hours
- Available Jan-Dec
- Best time Jan-Dec
- Booking requirement Booking not required
- Wheelchair friendly Yes
- Physical difficulty
- Fear factor
- Authentic & unspoilt
- Cultural insight