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Dutch Queen and Russian President to open new Hermitage Amsterdam museum in June

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands May 13, 2009—Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and the President of the Russian Federation, Mr. Dmitry Medvedev, will attend opening celebrations of the Hermitage Amsterdam museum on the evening of Friday, June 19, one day prior to the public opening of the museum on June 20, 2009. Other members of the Dutch Royal family expected to attend include Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima. The Hermitage Amsterdam opens with the dazzling exhibition, “At the Russian Court: Palace and Protocol in the 19th Century.”

The Hermitage Amsterdam is the first branch of the magnificent Russian State Museum Hermitage in St. Petersburg. The Hermitage Amsterdam will organize temporary exhibitions chosen from the collections of the Hermitage and other Russian museums. The opening exhibition will feature more than 1,800 objects to tell 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, a historic building off the Amstel River in Amsterdam which has undergone nearly $50 million in renovations in preparation of the opening of the museum. The Hermitage Amsterdam’s 9,000 m2 (nearly 96,000 square feet) consists of two large galleries, cabinets, an old chapel, regents’ rooms and an enclosed garden. The building also contains a study centre, a restaurant, shops and the Hermitage for Children center.

For more information:

Accreditation (up to Friday 5 June, 4 pm): If you send an email with your name, name of medium and contact details to pressoffice@hermitage.nl, you will receive further information about the online registration procedure at www.hermitage.nl/pressconference.

NB. Admission to the Hermitage Amsterdam is restricted on June 19th. The media will be informed about this by email on 14 June. Arrival time royal guests: 8.15 pm

For more information:

Hermitage Amsterdam

Press Office
Martijn van Schieveen en Kim van Niftrik

T:+31 (0)20 - 530 87 55
F:+31 (0)20 - 530 87 50
E:pressoffice@hermitage.nl
W:www.hermitage.nl/pers

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Closed on 25 December 2014 and 27 April 2015
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The Hermitage Amsterdam is located on Amstel 51, Amsterdam

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