2017 September: Scythians Private View

As usual we have some exciting events lined up for Friends. If you are not a Friend and would like to join, please contact Janice Sacher at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

19 September 2017, 9.00 - 10.00. Scythians. Warriors of Ancient Siberia at the British Museum

Scythians. Warriors of Ancient Siberia at the British Museum

Curator-led private Tour, Tuesday, 19 September 9.00-10.00 am

Members only - Limited number         This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Some of the most exciting treasures in the Hermitage are the many Scythian artefacts discovered by chance and by excavation. These nomadic warriors inhabited the area that is now southern Siberia from about 900 BC to 200 BC, roaming the vast territories that stretched from southern Russia to China and the northern Black Sea.

This exhibition tells the tale of these exceptional horsemen and warriors, feared adversaries and neighbours of the Ancient Greeks, Assyrians and Persians. It provides great stuff for adults and children alike, with glorious gold and enthralling archaeology. Everyday objects (not least a bag containing lumps of cheese), horse caparison, weapons, tattooed human remains and of course some Scythian bling, their glorious gold jewellery, you name it, the exhibition has it. And most of the objects have never travelled outside the Hermitage before.


 For more information see: British Museum (with some great educational material on the website)





4 February to 17 September 2017

A unique exhibition entitled 1917. Romanovs & Revolution. The End of Monarchy opened at the Hermitage Amsterdam in February 2017, exactly a century after the outbreak of the Russian Revolution. It included over 250 items from the collections of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, the State Archive of the Russian Federation in Moscow, and the Artillery Museum in St Petersburg. Using films, photographs, paintings, objets d’art and historical documents, the show told the gripping story of fashionable St Petersburg and the art that flourished there in the early twentieth century, of Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra, and of the explosive political and social circumstances of their reign. Visitors could see and hear how choices and decisions made by the tsar made revolution inevitable and spelled the inescapable end of the 300-year Romanov monarchy in Russia. They gained moving intimate insights into the final years of the imperial family, ending in their murder. 1917: the ultimate turning point in the history of Russia. The last tsar and the revolution, on exclusive show in Amsterdam a century after the event.
Top exhibits included items from the imperial couple’s wardrobe, portraits of the royal couple, their children’s toys and drawings, Nicholas’s Act of Abdication, works of art created during the period (Russia’s ‘Silver Age’), objects made by the celebrated firm of Fabergé objects and one of the weapons used to murder the royal family.


2017 May: Michelangelo and Sebastiano Exhibition


Michelangelo & Sebastiano (15 March - 25 June 2017)

This exhibition – the first ever to be devoted to the hugely productive creative friendship between Michelangelo and Sebastiano del Piombo – explores the complementary talents and divergent personalities of two great artists. It comprises some 70 works – paintings, drawings, sculptures and letters – by these two artists who became friends when Sebastiano, a young Venetian painter, arrived in Rome and met Michelangelo, then working on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Their friendship lasted over 25 years, unfolding during a remarkably dramatic time for Italy – one of revolution, war and theological schism, but also of great intellectual energy and artistic innovation.

Friends can join a private tour (members only!) on 25 May 2017 at 8.45 am - email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.