© State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

5 June
— 9 January 2022
Tsars and Knights
The Romanovs' love affair with the Middle ages
Czars and knights, ladies, courtly love and tournaments. And a splendid medieval art collection. The perfect ingredients of this unique exhibition, from the Hermitage collection. We bring more than 250 objects to the Netherlands. Experience the Middle Ages through the eyes of the Russian Tsars! On this page you can find stories from this exhibition and images from the extraordinary collection.
Ilja Repin, Portrait of tsar Nicholas II, 1895, oil on canvas © State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg
Trailer - Tsars and Knights
Courtly love and Roman de la Rose: a medieval bestseller
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Concerts, films & lectures
Suits of armor!


For the adventurous knight in you: an exciting tournament setup with beautiful armor and horses. The exhibition features about twenty full armor and many old weapons, which are spectacularly exhibited in a true knightly world. Special are the armor of Emperor Charles V and a unique sixteenth-century armor that was specially adapted for Tsar Nicholas I. He once wore it during a reenactment in 1843. 

Photo Lara Scot
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Museum Shop

On 26 and 27 november, the café-restauarant is closed for a congress.

In the pop-up café in the church hall you can enjoy coffee, tea, etc.