The Hermitage Rooms in Somerset House, London
History of the Project
The idea of creating the Hermitage Rooms in one of London's
palaces emerged in 1998 during a meeting between Mikhail Piotrovsky, the
Hermitage director, and Lord Rothschild. The Hermitage Development Trust
headed by Mikhail Piotrovsky and Lord Rothschild invested about seven
million dollars in the project, which, in conjunction with financial support
from individual and corporate sponsors, made it possible to open the Hermitage
Rooms in Somerset House.
The Hermitage Rooms were formally opened in Somerset House on 25 November 2000. The Hermitage Director Mikhail Piotrovsky noted the importance of the event: "We consider it very important to make our collections more accessible to the wider public and to have a permanent representation of the Hermitage outside of Russia".