20 June 2009 - 31 Jan 2010. An exhibition of more than 1,800 artifacts on loan from the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg is currently on show in the newly restored Amstelhof Hermitage museum building. Part of Russia's famous branch of museums, Amsterdam's Hermitage has recently been re-opened by Queen Beatrix of Holland and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. Trumpeted as one of the largest and most lavish exhibitions of its kind to be held in Europe, it's divided into two parts: one section devoted to the 19th century court - a period that spanned the reigns of tsars from the little-known Paul I, son of Catherine the Great, to the tragic Nicholas II, the last tsar of Russia; the other focuses on the parties hosted by the tsars.
Daily 10.00-17.00. Wed 10.00-20.00
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At the Russian Court: Palace and Protocol in the 19th Century
Hermitage Museum, Amstel 51, Amsterdam. Tel +31 (0) 20530 7488, www.hermitage.nl