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Last updated: 10 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Jennifer Ceaser

A 17th-century old people’s home by the Amstel River has been cleverly converted into exhibition spaces to display exquisite treasures from the vast collections of St Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum.

Some of the collections focus on Russian history and culture, others on wider European art – recent and forthcoming exhibitions have included masterpiece Impressionist paintings. Usually, two blockbuster exhibitions take place each year.

It may seem odd that Amsterdam is home to such fine Russia art, but Amsterdam has a special relationship with Russia – Peter the Great once lived in the city, and it inspired him to build St Petersburg. He founded the original Hermitage Museum using exhibits collected while in Amsterdam.

Price from: £22
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

The nearest tram stop is Waterlooplein.

Check the museum website for information on current and upcoming exhibitions. Audio tours, in English and Dutch, are created for each exhibition.

The on-site Café Neva is a stylish place, serving international and Dutch dishes (plus drinks and snacks), open daytime and evenings.

When to do it

The museum is open all year round, seven days a week. Most exhibitions are extremely popular, meaning there are often queues to get in, and crowds inside. Late mornings on weekends are usually busiest, while Wednesday evenings and weekday afternoons tend to be the quietest.

Our writer’s picks of the best places to stay near this experience, closest first

De L’Europe Amsterdam

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands[0.6 miles]

Ultra-plush five-star luxury in a landmark hotel. Perfectly located on the southern of the character-filled Canal Ring, walking distance to the big art museums.

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Ambassade Hotel

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands[1.1 miles]

Character-filled hotel in historic canal-facing buildings. The quintessential heritage stay, and perfectly located for exploring the city and enjoying up the Canal Ring atmosphere.

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W Amsterdam

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands[1.2 miles]

Swanky design hotel in the picturesque heart of the city, offering an array of bars and restaurants, plus the city’s largest rooftop pool.

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Hoxton Amsterdam

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands[1.3 miles]

A cool, retro design complements the historical character of this wonderful, affordable canal-side bolthole.

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