Royal opening for The Hermitage

Friday 15 May 2009

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 thePresident of the Russian Federation, Mr. Dmitry Medvedev, on Friday, June 19, one day prior to thepublic opening of the museum on June 20, 2009.

The Hermitage Amsterdam is the first branch of the Russian StateMuseum Hermitage in St. Petersburg. The Hermitage Amsterdam will organizetemporary exhibitions chosen from the collections of the Hermitage and otherRussian museums. The opening exhibition will feature more than 1,800 objects totell 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, ahistoric building off the Amstel River in Amsterdam which has undergone nearly$50 million in renovations in preparation of the opening of the museum. TheHermitage Amsterdam’s 9,000 sq m (nearly 96,000 sq ft) consists of two largegalleries, cabinets, an old chapel, regents’ rooms and an enclosed garden. Thebuilding also contains a study centre, a restaurant, shops and the Hermitage forChildren center.

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