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. Using our custom trip planner, St. Petersburg attractions like State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This has been a bucket list location for me- and I was thrilled to finally visit! The Winter palace is beautiful- so much gold! And the inlaid floors are amazing. Each room has so much to see. The Her...  more »
  • Seriously who knew there would be this much art in only one russian city. Still more to be had in other locations too. Blown away by the quantity of art within this collection, even ancient Egyptian a...  more »
  • There is no way to see this museum in one day let alone three days. We only had three hours but our guide did a great job. The museum requires everyone to leave their coats so you must stand in line t...  more »
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  • I will definitely rate this museum as one of the top 5 in the world. A real must for people that appreciate art and culture. It's one of those places that I intend to come back to in the future. There is so much to see.
  • Definitely Beautiful. It is a really big museum and you will need more than just a day to walk around and discover all the exhibitions. If you are student there are discounts. Every room is too different and beautifully decorated, you will admire not just the art but also the rooms decorations. I recommend this museum
  • Annual Visitors: 3,120,170 Catherine the Great and Nicholas I are among the Russian royals who occupied this green-and-white baroque palace along the Neva River from 1762 to 1917. Today, the palace is a museum with one of the finest collections in Europe, including works by Titian, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci (Benois Madonna). Much of the palace was destroyed by fire in 1837, but the beautifully restored interiors speak to the opulent tastes of the Russian elite. St. George Hall (a large throne room) features two tiers of windows, double Corinthian pink marble columns, patterned parquet floors and gilt bronze details.
  • Incredible collection of art from around the world. Highly recommend to come right after opening at 10.30am to avoid the masses. Buy your tickets at the machine next to the entrances, $700 Rubel for all museums.
  • We did visit for second time. We took a private tour in Russian. My wife did translate. 1 day is to short to see all beauty.

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