State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace, St. Petersburg

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Saint Petersburg's prime cultural attraction, State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace houses a collection of over 3 million artworks from around the globe. The massive palace-museum, once the official residence of Russian emperors, provides an elegant setting for priceless works by Rubens, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Goya, Degas, and many more. Founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and open to the public since the 1850s, the museum displays only a small portion of its collection of paintings, the largest in the world. The easiest and quickest way to see the highlights is by guided tour in your native language. The lines at the on-site ticket office can be quite long, so avoid the wait by booking your visit online. Arrange your visit to State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace and discover more family-friendly attractions in St. Petersburg using our St. Petersburg trip itinerary planning app .
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  • One of the truly outstanding museums of the world. A trip to St. Petersburg is incomplete without a visit to the Hermitage/ Winter Palace. The museum contains a vast collection of fine art from all ov...  more »
  • Hotel description is not enough, where I don't know want to go there again I can't go to the place. Russia indeed! It is a very unfriendly Museum.
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  • Wahoo exceptional magical must-have the 2nd most beautiful Museum in the world after the Louvre. A Board take a guide too much to see and understand to be alone in this gigantic Museum. It would take days for all to see some say months and even of the year a course on 3 h (courses of initiation as he calls it) allows us to see the bulk of the Museum. A MUST SEE
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  • Best place for art lovers, historians. Can be lost in time. Should not go on free day though. Can be crowded. For students it is free every day. Best to. Plan ahead which section you want to see.
  • Absolutely gorgeous!! A real eye-opener!! I was lucky to visit the State Hermitage Museum at the end of May 2017. The museum closed every Monday, but they opened the door just for our two tours from our NCL Cruise ship. The museum was so huge that we walked three hours and went through part of it. There are six museum buildings for a total collection of three million priceless art and painting collections, but the museum opened just one building to the public. It must be on your bucket list, a "Must-Go" wish list item!! I am thankful for having a chance to visit the museum. Thanks God!!!
  • The Winter Palace is definitely a bucket-list item. The history of the palace – before, during, and after the 1917 Revolution – are reason alone to visit, but the Hermitage Museum makes it a must-see. This is one of the greatest museums in the world, on par with the Louvre. I tried to do the entire Hermitage Museum in one day, and I wouldn't recommend it. I only had a brief stay in Saint Petersburg, and while I knew that I couldn't see the whole museum in one single day, I HAD to go. I ended up only spending five hours wandering its grounds before Florence Syndrome got to me, and I had to take a break. This museum is best experienced with multiple visits. However, if that's not possible, then still go. The sensory overload from all the art and artifacts is worth it.
  • Don't think there's anything I can say that the other reviewers haven't already said - it's something you simply have to see if you're in St Petersburg. The building itself is stunning, going in and seeing the grand entrances, the opulent rooms is worth the entry fee alone. There's so much to see in this museum, it will take you at least half a day and that won't even scratch the surface.
  • Before going, I would encourage ANYONE to watch a film (the best Russian film - my opinion) called “Russian Ark” and get a sense of the magnitude / level of history, prestige, architecture and art you are stepping into. People talk about the Louvre, yeaaa, ok, but have you been to the Hermitage??..... Set aside multiple days to see it properly.
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