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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  • A really good museum to visit. Best to get your tickets online to avoid the queues or to get there early. Wednesday and Friday are good days to go as they are open until 9. One day is not enough to see all that the museum has to offer. If you have time, get the two day pass online. The artwork and sculptures are quite spectacular. Even the architecture of the building is interesting.
  • Could not believe that its the second-largest museum in the world unless I had been to Louvre before. The vastness, grandeur, the paintings and the sculptures are really awe inspiring. It was founded in 1764 when Empress Catherine the Great acquired an impressive collection of paintings from the Berlin merchant Johann Ernst Gotzkowsky. The museum celebrates the anniversary of its founding each year on 7 December, Saint Catherine's Day. It has been open to the public since 1852. Beautifully maintained and well managed by the management. Of the six buildings in the main museum complex, five—namely the Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage, New Hermitage, and Hermitage Theatre—are open to the public. In 1991, it became known that some paintings looted by the Red Army in Germany in 1945 were held in the Hermitage. Only in October 1994 the Hermitage officially announced that it had secretly been holding a major trove of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings from German private collections. Been there in early June this year. One can easily spend the whole day appreciating its beauty tirelessly.
  • It can easily take you a full day to go through the entire museum. The sheer grandeur and uniqueness in which each room has been designed is worth seeing. Use a map to navigate within the museum, without which you could easily be going around in a loop. The queue for tickets is really long, you might want to get there by 10 in the morning to beat the rush.
  • Founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great it is the second largest museum in the world with a collection of over three million items, of which only a small part is on permanent display. It boasts the largest collection of paintings in the world. The collections occupy a large complex of six historic buildings, including The Winter Palace of the Czars. Bustling with many hundred tourists: the queue for entrance tickets quickly grows from early morning - expect a long wait. My advice is you jump this queue by booking a guided tour in advance. (Official tours have priority entrance, in advance of general public entry).
  • 표는 신관 (new hermitage 가 아니라 모던 작품이 많은 노란색 건물)에서 먼저 사셔서 나중에 구관으로 이동하는 게 편합니다. 구관 줄은 엄청 길고 햇볕이 뜨거워요. 구관은 고전 작품이 많고 투어 그룹도 많으며 매우 덥습니다 🙄 국제학생증 소지자는 무료이니 여러번 나눠 방문하는 것도 좋을 것 같아용 Get your tickets in the yellow building (with all the modern paintings and the famous Dance) because the queue at the main complex is huge.
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