Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age presents portraits in a large format and provides the images with illuminating background information. In this way you will learn to appreciate the pieces in the context of the Dutch urban society of that time. Who were the citizens in these portraits, and what was their reason for having themselves immortalized in this way by the best painters in the city? What role did they play in the community at the time and what were their mutual relationships? How have they contributed to the success of the Golden Age? The answers to these questions turn out to be surprisingly relevant in contemporary times.
The Hermitage Amsterdam takes it as their mission to draw upon art and history to inspire, enrich, and offer the opportunity for reflection. By way of their exhibitions and activities, the museum presents world heritage from the collections of various museums in innovative ways. The museum also houses collections from other museums, including the Amsterdam Museum, the Rijksmuseum (the exhibition Portrait Gallery of the 17th Century), and Museum van de Geest | Dolhuys (Museum of the Mind | Outsider Art).
The museum is housed in the Amstelhof, a historical building that used to be a home for the elderly from the late 15th all the way to the early 21th century. Only in 2007, the last residents were moved out of the building, which was in dire need of renovation. Two years later, on 20 June 2009 the Hermitage Amsterdam was opened to the public with the launch of the exhibition At the Russian court.