Hermitage

If you love history and art there is a place in Amsterdam
that you need to visit.
It holds treasures behind your wildest dreams and it
allows you to find a small part of Saint Petersburg
at your doorsteps.
 
If you have no idea what I am talking about here
is a clue its the biggest museum/ collection of art,culture and history
in the world.
 
If you guessed right you would have come up with :
                                                  Hermitage
 
Ofcourse I did not travel all the way to Russia I just had to go to Waterlooplein and around the corner we have our own little piece of Russia and the Hermitage.
Just in case if you have no clue what the hermitage is :
 
http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/html_En/index.html
 


 The hermitage in Amsterdam opened in or better put the adventure started
in 2004. However the building it opend in has a rich history itself.

 Before the hermitage took over the
spot and had it rebuild it was known as the “amstelhof”.
For more then 385 years it was a home for the eldery and poor.In the beggining it was only for older women who where poor
however as the centuries went by it became a retirement home
for the eldery.
 
 
 
 
 
 Unfortunately with the decades passing and lifestyles changing
the “amstelhof” could no longer provide
what was neccesary to keep
a healthy lifestyle and it was
decided to relocate all staff
and inhabitants to other locations all over town.
 
 
For more details on the history of the building see the link below:
http://www.hermitage.nl/en/hermitage_amsterdam/geschiedenis_van_het_gebouw.htm
 
 There are still parts of the original building left intact for you to visit like
the kitchen where they used to prepare all meals.
 
 
At the moment they are having an amazing exposition about “alexander the great”:
 The myth ,the reality,his journey,his legacy

The exposition is really worth watching as it encompasses not only
Alexander but also all the great cultures he conquered and their art . The exposition is on from :

18 September 2010 – 18 March 2011.

For more details on the exposition
have a look at the link below:
 
http://www.hermitage.nl/en/tentoonstellingen/alexander_de_grote/inleiding.htm
 
 As you can see its totally worth a visit and you can even catch a free tour.
And if you already followed up on my advise and got yourself a museumjaarkaart
it is free.
 
 Visitors information/costs
http://www.hermitage.nl/en/bezoek/
 
Opening Times:
Daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays to 8 p.m.
 CLOSED: 25 December, 1 January and 30 April
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