Hermitage Collection in Amsterdam
The Hermitage collection in Amsterdam displays rotating selections of works and artefacts from the Hermitage collection in Russia. These include paintings, graphic works, sculptures, applied art and archaeological discoveries. The Hermitage Amsterdam also has a special children’s section and regularly holds workshops focused on fun and creativity. All this has helped to establish the Hermitage Amsterdam as one of Amsterdam's major museums.
Special events and activities
Unsurprisingly, it's possible to enjoy a guided tour of the museum's main exhibitions. However, there are also semi-regular special events such as classical concerts (inspired by the Russian art and history), art talks and other performances. What's more, thanks to its position right by the River Amstel, the Hermitage Amsterdam is also the backdrop to major city events, such as the Concert on the Amstel on Liberation Day and the Amsterdam City Swim.
Like the museum in St. Petersburg, the Hermitage Amsterdam has an impressive track record of hosting blockbuster exhibitions, be it showcasing the Dutch Masters of the Golden Age, artworks reflecting major European leaders and history, and even greats of the modern art era, such as Matisse and Malevich. The Hermitage Amsterdam also provided a temporary home to many of the Van Gogh Museum's treasures in 2012 and 2013 while that museum was being refurbished.
Maintaining a Dutch connection
Tsar Peter had a special relationship with Amsterdam, having lived in the city for several years. He founded the very first public museum in Russia, and some of the exhibits at the original Hermitage were items he acquired in the Netherlands. Back then, the museum offered visitors a free shot of vodka to entice them inside.