100 000th Visitor in the Hermitage • Amsterdam Centre
A month after the official opening of the exhibition centre Hermitage • Amsterdam and the Russian Imperial Court exhibition, July 20, 2009, the centre welcomed its 100 000th visitor. The interest towards the new exhibition centre and the exhibition devoted to ceremonies and festivals celebrated by the Russian court is really enormous. The queue to the Hermitage • Amsterdam centre can be compared to the queue to the Hermitage itself in the summer season. The municipality of Amsterdam has received complaints stating that the visitors refuse to leave the opening bridge leading to the building of the exhibition centre during the opening procedure, afraid that they can lose their place in the queue.
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“It is almost impossible to believe in this success. The number of visitors during such a short period is beyond all our expectations", says Ernst Veen, director of the Hermitage • Amsterdam centre.
Within the frames of the Russian Imperial Court exhibition a large cultural programme has been organized: lectures, concerts, films based on Russian literary masterpieces shown in the open air. At the end of August the Hermitage • Amsterdam centre will host one of the most famous musical festivals in the Netherlands, the Canal Festival. This year the programme of the festival is devoted to Russian classical music.
The Russian Imperial Court exhibition in the Hermitage • Amsterdam centre is opened until January 31, 2010.