The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

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Saint Petersburg's prime cultural attraction, The State Hermitage Museum 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 The State Hermitage Museum and discover more family-friendly attractions in St. Petersburg using our St. Petersburg trip itinerary planning app.
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  • I visited the museum on a rainy morning, standing in line for hours, but it was a unique experience. It was amazing to see the works of artists from all over the world, and it is worth spending...  more »
  • I think one the best attraction of St Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum. I found it amazing. First, it size...unthought of. You need lots and lots of time to see it completely. An art and antique...  more »
  • The Hermitage is a famous Russian state museum which is located in the center of St. Petersburg. The facility is housed in as many as six majestic buildings on the banks of the Neva River. The most...  more »
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  • The Hermitage, an incredible museum and possibly the best or one of the best in the world. A visit to this museum is an absolute must for any tourist visiting St. Petersburg. The building itself is impressively beautiful outside and inside, and the rooms and hallways are the most decorated areas I have ever seen. Literally every square centimeter in this building is decorated and adorned, and you will be impressed with every room you walk into. Paintings and artwork in the museum are impressive too and they have some very unique pieces from different times in Russia as well as abroad. Also check out the souvenir shop near the exit, it's affordable and has some interesting items. I visited in the winter and lines were short in the morning. It probably gets very busy in the summer so I recommend visiting early right after opening or buying a ticket online to skip the long lines in the summer.
  • Hermitage is an important place to visit. We had a really long queue to stay to get in ( about 3 hours). But if you go through the arch there are several machine for the tickets which can really help you to economies your time. The best way is still to by online, then you will not need to wait at whole. Incide building itself is impressive, not saying about the expositions. Do not try to cross it whole in a one day, it is impossible.
  • I spent a full day at the Hermitage and even that wasn’t enough. As I visited in Winter queues were not long at all. Decided not to book a guided tour as i rather explore museums myself. Recommended is to have a plan of what you want to see beforehand in order to make the most out of your visit. I went on a Thursday but if you go on a Wednesday night you can see the clock in operation at 8pm. The Hermitage is definitely worth a visit!!!!
  • Definitely one of the most notable museums in Russia! I even dare to say this might very well be the dearest to me in whole Eastern Europe. Outstanding collection of various art pieces, and outstanding queues as well. Save 2 (at least) to 5 (I mean it!) days for Hermitage, you'll love every corner of it!
  • One of the most beautiful museums in the world! If you are in Saint Petersburg, you must visit the Hermitage. The exterior is amazing and the interior is spectacular! Went during the winter and there wasn’t a massive line outside. I would recommend buying your ticket in advance to avoid the long lines especially during the high season. But definitely worth a visit!

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