One of Amsterdam’s finest museums, this satellite branch of the Hermitage St Petersburg is nestled in the so-called 'Cultural Garden of Amsterdam'. Originally a retirement home, the building was re-opened in 2009 to display a thoughtfully selected portion of the many thousands of Dutch artworks snapped up by Russian nobility over hundreds of years. Exhibitions change every six months, but the themes remain familiar – the startling realism of the Dutch Golden Age, and a fascination with the societal elite. To find yourself in a portrait alongside significant figures was the group selfie of the 1700s – it meant that you belonged. Book an early slot online for a more leisurely experience (adult tickets from €25 without concessions). The museum has a restaurant serving three course meals inspired by the current exhibitions, and a café with lighter bites. But on a nice day, you must take a seat on the outside terrace for a coffee and a slice of Dutch apple pie, beneath the gaze of Rembrandt’s statue in the middle of the square. He sees you and your well-cultured peers. He sees that you belong.
Hermitage AmsterdamDutch Masters In a centuries-old setting
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Address: Amstel 51, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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