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  • Address: Palace Embankment, 34
  • Hours: Closed Mondays
The State Hermitage (Государственный Эрмитаж) is one of the largest and oldest art and cultural museums in the world. The museum was originally built privately under the orders of Catherine the Great, housing her ever-growing collection; however, in 1852, the doors were opened to the public, since acquiring enough art to fill its six magnificent buildings residing along the Neva embankment and near the Winter Palace.

The museum displays an array of work, with pieces that exhibit the development of world art from the beginning of recorded history through modern day. The museum shows perhaps the most impressive displays of primitive art, archaeology and cultural pieces, as well as work from the Soviet era.

There are also large Western European art exhibits that feature sculptures, applied arts and paintings from the 13th century onward, as well as Egyptian antiquities that bring the life and culture of ancient Mesopotamia to life.

Practical Info

The Main Museum Complex, Menshikov Palace, General Staff building and the Museum of the Imperial Porcelain Factory are all open 6 days a week, but for exhibits that are displayed in other buildings, make sure to check in advance hours of operation.

The Hermitage can be reached by virtually all forms of city transport including the trams 1,7, 10, and 11, buses, 7, 10, 24, express bus 187, and several surrounding metro stations.

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Grand Tour of St Petersburg

4.5 star rating: Recommended 88 Reviews

The Grand Tour of St Petersburg offers visitors the opportunity to take in as much as possible of the city in a day's sightseeing: a complete tour of St ...  Read more

Location: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: Varies

From USD $32.03

Small-Group St Petersburg Hermitage Museum Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry and Summer Early Access

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Beat the crowds and lines at St Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum with this 3-hour tour inside one of the world’s greatest art galleries. With an expert guide, ...  Read more

Location: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00

State Hermitage Museum Small-Group Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

Admire renowned paintings and sculptures by Leonardo Da Vinci, Picasso and Van Dyk, on this inspiring small-group walking tour of the State Hermitage Museum, ...  Read more

Location: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.04

Hermitage Museum Diamond Room Tour with a Curator; including All-Day admission to the Museum

Take a tour of the Hermitage Diamond Room with a Hermitage Curator! The Diamond Room houses the biggest collection of the Russian Emperor's finest jewelry. It ...  Read more

Location: St Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00

Private tour: The Hermitage Museum and 3-course Traditional Russian Lunch

Visit one of the the best museums in the world, led by a private guide ! And than get a taste of traditional Russian cuisine. After pick-up from your hotel, ...  Read more

Location: St Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.00

St Petersburg in A Day: Private City Tour, Hermitage Museum and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

A comprehensive private city tour with an interior visit to the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and a guided tour of the Hermitage museum.

Location: St Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $188.00

St. Petersburg City Walking Tour and the Hermitage Museum

This private city walking tour covers the main attractions of St Petersburg and includes a comprehensive tour of the Hermitage Museum. You will see ...  Read more

Location: St Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00

Hermitage Museum Gold Room Tour with a Curator including All-Day admission to the Museum

Take a tour of the Hermitage Gold Room with a Hermitage Curator! The Gold Room has a spectacular collection of gold, silver, and royal jewels that belonged to ...  Read more

Location: St Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00

Private Tour: St Petersburg City Highlights

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Explore St Petersburg with a private guide on a 4-hour city highlights tour! Learn all about the city history as you travel around the city by private vehicle, ...  Read more

Location: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.48

Combination Tour: Hermitage Museum Diamond and Gold Rooms Tour with a Curator including All-Day admission to the Museum

Take a tour of the Hermitage Treasure Galleries (also known as the Diamond Room and Gold Room) with a Hermitage Curator! These are the most prized sections of ...  Read more

Location: St Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $149.00

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