The State Hermitage Museum
The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, may be the world’s most spectacular museum. The museum’s extensive collection of paintings and artwork, artifacts, sculptures and archaeological finds make up some of the three million display items. Artworks include that of Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo among others.
The Hermitage Museum Exhibitions
The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg was founded in 1764. It all began when over 200 Flemish and Danish paintings were bought by Empress Catherine the Great. The museum comprises the following exhibitions which are open for public viewing:
• The main museum complex
• Winter Palace of Peter the Great
• Menshikov Palace
• Museum of the Imperial Porcelain Factory
• Staraya Derevnya Restoration and Storage Centre
Guided Tours of the Hermitage Museum
The Hermitage Museum attracts around three million visitors annually, half of which are from outside Russia. For this reason, long lines are common, and it is recommended to get there early to make the most of your day. There are several guided tour options at the Hermitage Museum. Visitors can take a general tour of the museum, a tour of the Treasury Gallery or a tour of the Winter Palace of Peter the Great. Audio guides are also available for various foreign languages. Specialist Art lectures are available for art lovers, as are various educational programs for students and children.
Accommodation near the Hermitage Museum
The Hermitage Museum is one of many St. Petersburg attractions easily accessible from the central Radisson Royal Hotel, St Petersburg. A gentle walk or a short journey by public transport will see you at the Hermitage Museum, where you can spend the day learning about Russian and world history, art and culture.