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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

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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
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From USD $44.40

State Hermitage Museum Small-Group Walking Tour

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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.)

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Private Tour: St Petersburg City Highlights

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 $320.46

St Petersburg Shore Excursion: Small-Group City Highlights Tour Including the Hermitage

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When your cruise ship docks at the Port of St Petersburg, head out on a full-day shore excursion to discover the city’s top attractions and history! Take a ...  Read more

Location: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $156.00

St Petersburg Shore Excursion: Private City Tour Including the Hermitage

Leave the Port of St Petersburg when your cruise ship docks, and see the city’s highlights on a full-day shore excursion with a private guide! Explore the ...  Read more

Location: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $148.75

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