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The former 'Oude Besjes Huis' established in 1681 on the bank of the River Amstel in Amsterdam, where for centuries about 350 old women were cared for, has become an annex of the famous Russian Hermitage in St. Petersburg since 2009 . The idea is to exhibit the treasures of the Hermitage also in Amsterdam in rotating sessions and other exhibitions. There is also a separate part especially for children.
Besides the exhibition(s) it is also possible to visit the old parts of the former home. Very interesting are the Regents' Rooms and the Mess Hall. The latter was also used for official celebrations, because for years it has been the biggest hall in Amsterdam. Members of the Royal Family were present at those celebrations and even Sir Winston Churchill was here for lunch in 1946. Furthermore the kitchen is worth a visit. It has been restored as it was before and it’s amazing to think that the cooking was done here for so many people!
When we visited the Hermitage there was a long queue to get in. And – of course – it rained..... It seems that you are not allowed to take pictures. I didn’t realize that and made pictures openly (never using the flash though) and no guard told me it wasn’t allowed. So now I can share it with you! Enjoy!