Things to do in Amsterdam – Visit the Hermitage Museum

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Opened in 2009, this unique Amsterdam museum is one of several satellite exhibition centers of the famed State Museum Hermitage of St. Petersburg Russia.  Representing the special bond between the Dutch Royal House of Orange-Nassau and the Romanovs, the Hermitage Amsterdam hosts several temporary exhibits each year, culled from the collections of the original Hermitage and other museums in Russia. With this in mind, if you plan to visit Amsterdam, be sure to check the museum’s website to see what’s showing; it may be a worthwhile exhibition.  We were lucky to see a couple of spectacular exhibits.

The Hermitage Situated on the banks of the Amstel River

The museum is situated on the banks of the Amstel River and housed in the historic Amstelhof.  Constructed in the 17th century, the building served initially as the Deanery Home for Old Women, a residence for women in need who were members of the Dutch Reformed Church and aged 50 or older. Some time later, with the admittance of men, it was known as the Deanery Home for Old Men and Women, and in modern times would serve as a nursing home. Visible remnants of these early years include:

Ossenpoort Hermitage Amsterdam

Ossenpoort (Ox Gate) – this street level doorway, below the steps and facing the river, served as the trademan’s entrance, where deliveries of food and livestock were received.  It now serves as one of two main entrances to the museum.

Church Hall Hermitage Amsterdam

17th Century Church Hall – this long, narrow space served as a chapel and dining hall.  It’s said that Sir Winston Churchill dined here in 1946.  Of note in the Church Hall are the pipe organ,

Church Hall Loft Hermitage Amsterdam

the loft, and the view; in place of wooden pews or benches, there are several chairs facing the windows where visitors can enjoy the view looking out over the Amstel River.

Russia Room Hermitage Amsterdam

Russia Room – located in the Amstel Wing (facing the river), this room houses one of two permanent exhibits.  Displayed here are items pertaining to the Dutch-Russian connection.

House of Orange and Romanov Family Tree Hermitage Amsterdam

This includes a family tree and paintings of various royal family members,

Bust of William II of Orange Hermitage Amsterdam

as well as busts of William II of the Netherlands

Bust of Anna Pavlovna Hermitage Amsterdam

and his wife Anna Pavlovna of Russia.

Amstelhof Room Hermitage Amsterdam

Amstelhof Room – also located in the Amstel Wing, the permanent exhibition here gives a history of patient and elderly care in Amsterdam. From here venture downstairs into…

Kitchen in Cellar Hermitage Amsterdam 

The 18th Century Kitchen – located in the vacated cellar this reconstruction of the Amstelhof kitchen, where meals for the residents were prepared, features enormous brick-lined pots.

Governesses’ Room Hermitage Amsterdam

Governesses’ Room – this corner room, adjacent to the Amstelhof room, has been restored to its state circa 1930.

Getting there:

The Hermitage Amsterdam is located at Amstel 51, a 30-minute walk from Central Station, or get there by tram (Line 9: Waterlooplein) or Metro (Lines 51, 53, 54: Waterlooplein, Nieuwe Herengracht exit)

Ticket Info:

Adult Admission = ~15.00€ per exhibit; Combination Tickets are available for discounted admission to the various exhibits

FREE with the I amsterdam City Card

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  1. Libbie

    Thanks for this post, Mike. This museum is new since I was last in Amsterdam. I’m returning this winter and might have missed this had I not read about it in your blog.

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