Amsterdam Hermitage sees visitor numbers halved

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The Amsterdam Hermitage has seen the number of its visitors halved compared to last year.

Whereas 650,000 people visited the museum in 2010, that number dropped to 335,000 in 2011. Among its visitors were 15,000 schoolchildren compared to ‘tens of thousands’ in the year before.

At 100,000 visitors at last count, the Hermitage’s current exhibition Rubens, van Dyck & Jordaens has proved to be a major crowd puller. The exhibition, which runs until mid March, features works by Flemish masters from the Hermitage in St Petersburg.

The Hermitage Amsterdam has an agreement with the Russian government to produce exhibitions together with the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg.

The museum hopes that many of the visitors to the Flemish masters exhibition will come back for a second visit as the drawings which initially formed part of the exhibition have been replaced because of their sensitivity to prolonged exposure to light. Twenty drawings have been replaced, including eight works by Rubens.

The Hermitage Amsterdam opened its doors in 2009. Since then, it has been visited by more than 1.6 million people.


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