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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.

Tours & Tickets

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

Location: St Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 2 hours

From USD $79.00
From USD $50.00

Grand Tour of St Petersburg

4.5 star rating: Recommended 98 Reviews

Location: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: Varies

From USD $31.74

St. Petersburg Hop-on Hop-off Bus

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Location: Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 2 hours

From USD $39.68

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

Location: St Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 5 hours

From USD $89.00
From USD $149.00

Private Tour: St Petersburg City Highlights

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Location: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 4 hours

From USD $53.28

One Day Private Tour: City Tour with Skip-the-Line Hermitage

This 1-day tour is a perfect introduction to St. Petersburg. It covers the major St. Petersburg sights: the Hermitage Museum, Peter & Paul Fortress with ...  Read more

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

From USD $290.00

State Hermitage Museum Small-Group Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 25 Reviews

Location: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 3 hours

From USD $39.68
From USD $188.00

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