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|