This is a branch of The Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Russia, which offers a unique opportunity to see treasures from the St Petersburg museum without traveling quite so far. The museum has no permanent collection (other than a small exhibition about the history of the building), but rather mounts two major exhibitions a year from the collection in St Petersburg and their popularity determines the crowds as well as the price of admission. The current exhibition, The Silk Road, is excellent and includes many unusual artifacts, textiles, maps and historical explanations about travel and trade between the East and West as well as interesting information on the archaeological digs that brought this almost lost history back to life. I spent about 2 hours enjoying the exhibit and it was time well spent.
The museum is included in the IAMsterdam tourist card, but there was a 3.50 Euro supplement for this exhibition and I had to get a ticket (apparently, that's not necessary if you have the Museumkaart). Otherwise, the full-price adult admission is 15 Euros. There was no line when I arrived about 10:30 a.m. last Sunday. No photos permitted.
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