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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  • Not at all pressure. It was in the Netherlands Friday during the autumn holidays.. Gorgeous. You can't do it all. Worth it.
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  • This massive museum is a must see in St. Petersburg - my one suggestion is to try and get it included on the first day if you are on the two day cruise stop over. We had it as our last stop and everyo...  more »
  • This was a much anticipated museum but fell short because of the HUGE crowds. We entered by having being on a prearranged tour time. The lineup was as far as you could see for those not on a tour. The...  more »
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  • One of the best museums that I have ever seen, if not the best. I made my reservation online which they call it “skip the line “ and it was very convenient. You will be confused to whether enjoy the architecture of the museum which was earlier the winter palace of the royal family, or the arts which were presented for different artists from all around the world. The Egyptian annex is a must every where which is the entrance the museum and then you will scroll between the different annexes per each country through a very organized way when following the map of the museum. The architecture is beyond imagination with all these covered walls and ceilings mixed with the finest artistic drawings besides the these fine paintings of the famous renaissance artists.
  • Pure class. I'm floored with awesomeness and grandeur of the palace. Museum is very well maintained. It needs months to explore all the details. Equipped with modern amenities inside, your visit to Russia is incomplete without Hermitage.
  • Real life Minotaur's Labyrinth. Large museum. It's very easy to get lost inside. It would be amazing if there was an app with Hermitage navigation and maps. Paintings are great. But they are a bit monotonous. After a few thousands they look practically the same. If you want a change to more modern style you have to leave the building and go to the other one. And if you decide to come back you will have to pay again. Even though it's the same museum The place is really huge. According to Mi Band I walked about 13 km inside of the museum and I still didn't saw it all
  • OK I heard about this museum for many years back in the United States. But visiting this museum blew me away! This is the largest place where someone can go and see Art today in the world. I believe there’s 11 million pieces of art in this museum! Where do you start? As I walked in and buy tickets on a hot day a gentleman came up and asked if I wanted it to work? I said yes. The tour guide was amazing she is a teacher in Russia, and taught me not to worry about the art but the culture and deep history of Russia. To be able to stand next to a Rembrandt where you could touch it, but I did it, and I would never do that. Is an amazing experience. To see the fine detail in the flooring to the ceiling to the windows to all the artwork that is in this building is way too much for someone to take in in one day. If you had love, please spend at least 2 to 3 days looking at this art. Also, this museum is in a perfect location, right on the water. I will definitely be back again, And spend more time to see at least another 300 pieces of art. If I’m a Russian, I’d be very proud of this museum! I’ll definitely be back
  • The State Hermitage Museum may be the world's most impressive museum. The sheer size and quality of the exhibits, as well as the beauty and intricacy of the building itself is overwhelming. Deserves 5+ stars. Good idea to give yourself lots of time, you can easily spend a full day of rushing through and still not see half of it. Notable exhibits include the throne room, golden carriages, huge marble pieces and other literal pieces of history.
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