Hermitage Amsterdam

Price guide: Expensive

Amstel 51, Amsterdam, 1001 GR

Price guide: Expensive

Hermitage Amsterdam
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By Fred Mawer, your Amsterdam expert

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#5 of 20
expert-rated things to do in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Value for money:
3.5
3.5
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Education

Expert review of Hermitage Amsterdam

The Dutch annexe of St Petersburg's State Hermitage Museum lays on blockbuster exhibitions.

Hermitage Amsterdam occupies the Amstelhof, a 17th-century old people's home alongside the Amstel river. The austere building has recently been converted at great expense into impressive exhibition spaces for dazzling treasures on temporary loan from the vast collections of Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. Each exhibition lasts for around six months. I've seen the first two - on imperial life at the Russian court, and on the museum's early modern art - and both were fantastic. The current exhibition, which runs until 18 March 2011, is on Alexander the Great. Allow a good couple of hours to do the exhibition justice. From 19 March to 16 September, a new exhibition displays religious artefacts related to the Russian Orthodox church.

Price advice: 

General admission is 15 euros; I amsterdam Card holders 3 euros; children under 17 and Museumkaart holders, free.

Expert tips: 
At peak times - late mornings at weekends can be worst - expect queues to get in, and crowds inside. Quietest times are usually weekday afternoons, and Wednesday evenings.
Museumkaart holders do not have to queue for a ticket - there's a machine in the foyer where you can get your card scanned and get an admission ticket.
At the moment, the only way to buy tickets in advance is through the Ticket Shop of the Amsterdam Uitburo on the Leidseplein in Amsterdam.
Audio tours (3 euros) are created for each exhibition, and may enhance your visit.
Hermitage Amsterdam has a smart café/restaurant called the Neva. It does international and Russian dishes, and is open in the evenings as well as during the day.

More information on Hermitage Amsterdam:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Art gallery, Museum
Address:
Amstel 51, Amsterdam, 1001 GR
Telephone:
020 530 7488
Website:
http://www.hermitage.nl
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Thu-Tue 10am-5pm, Wed 10am-8pm.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Indoor

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