The museum is a branch of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, one of the world’s biggest museums. The Hermitage on the Amstel was opened in Amsterdam in 2009. Mr Putin and Queen Beatrix visited the exhibition, Peter the Great: the Inspired Tsar, which opened in March. The exhibition presents Peter the Great (1672–1725), one of the most well-known figures in Russian history in the Netherlands.
The President and Queen Beatrix unveiled a plaque commemorating the official start of the reciprocal cultural years, and Mr Putin signed the distinguished visitors’ book.