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.