Jewel of Amsterdam will be visited by the Crown of The Netherlands
The Hermitage in Amrsterdam is to be officially opened by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and the
President of the Russian Federation, Mr. Dmitry Medvedev, on Friday, June 19, one day prior to the
public opening of the museum on June 20, 2009.
The Hermitage Amsterdam is the first branch of the Russian State
Museum Hermitage in St. Petersburg. The Hermitage Amsterdam will organize
temporary exhibitions chosen from the collections of the Hermitage and other
Russian museums. The opening exhibition will feature more than 1,800 objects to
tell the story about the court life of Russian tsars, including the Romanov throne,
jewelry by Fabergé, gala dresses and the last tsarina’s grand piano.
The museum is housed in the monumental 17th-century building Amstelhof, a
historic building off the Amstel River in Amsterdam which has undergone nearly
$50 million in renovations in preparation of the opening of the museum. The
Hermitage Amsterdam’s 9,000 sq m (nearly 96,000 sq ft) consists of two large
galleries, cabinets, an old chapel, regents’ rooms and an enclosed garden. The
building also contains a study centre, a restaurant, shops and the Hermitage for