State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace Tours

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State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace
The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg is the largest art and cultural museum in the world, with more than 3 million items in its collection—only a fraction of which are on display in its 360 rooms. The main museum complex comprises six historic buildings on the Palace Embankment and includes exhibitions of works of art from the 13th to 20th centuries, as well as Egyptian and classical antiquities and prehistoric art. 

The Basics
Experiencing the spectacular Hermitage complex and collection could consume days, so plan ahead to tailor your visit. Given its massive size, taking a guided tour or renting an audio guide may be the most efficient way to see as much as possible. For a unique experience, book a private tour that includes visits to both the Diamond and Gold rooms. If you're short on time, consider visiting as part of a small-group walking tour around St. Petersburg, or as part of a full-day city tour that also includes attractions like Peterhof, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and Peter and Paul Fortress.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Hermitage is a must for art lovers visiting St. Petersburg. 
  • Lines at the main museum complex can get extremely long, with waits well over an hour. Save some time by purchasing entrance tickets in advance.
  • Admission is free on the first Thursday of every month and on December 7.
  • Visits to the Diamond Room and Gold Room in the Treasure Gallery are by guided tour only.
  • Cat lovers should keep an eye out for the many cats that live on the Hermitage grounds.
  • The Hermitage Museum is wheelchair accessible, and wheelchair rentals are available.

How to Get There
The main museum complex, set in what was once the winter residence of the Tsars and royal court, is within walking distance of Nevsky Prospekt and can be reached by virtually all forms of public transportation. The nearest metro stations are at Admiralteyskaya, Nevsky Prospekt, and Gostiny Dvor.

When to Get There
The Hermitage is open from 10:30am to 6pm, and until 9pm on Wednesdays and Fridays; it is closed on Mondays. Try to arrive as early as possible, both to beat the crowds and to allow yourself enough time to see what you want to see.

Branches of the Hermitage
The Hermitage is composed of several branches in addition to the main museum complex. The General Staff Building has a display tracing the history of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as several other collections of art from various eras. The Winter Palace of Peter the Great displays items that once belonged to the popular tsar. Menshikov Palace focuses on Russian culture in the early 18th century. The Museum of the Imperial Porcelain Factory is home to more than 30,000 objects, including porcelain, glass, photographs, and rare drawings.
Address: Palace Embankment, 34, St. Petersburg 190000, Russia
Hours: Closed Mondays
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Skip the Line: State Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg Admission Ticket

There's no need to wait in line to purchase a ticket at the popular State Hermitage Museum when you buy this admission ticket ahead of time. Simply show your voucher at the entrance to skip the line of other visitors. Choose from one- or two-day passes, and browse the vast collection of art, antiquities, and archaeological artifacts at your own pace.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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2-Day Private City Tour of St Petersburg

Embark on a 2-day private guided tour of St Petersburg and immerse yourself in the city's many wonders. This multi-day excursion allows you to delve beneath the surface of some top attractions for a more thorough and rewarding experience. Learn the story behind the onion-domed Church on Spilled Blood, marvel at Peterhof's magnificent fountains and see the ongoing restoration of Catherine Palace, largely destroyed during WWII. Cruise along the canals of this 'Venice of the North' and explore both the Hermitage and the city's metro stations: artworks in themselves.
  • Duration: 17 hours
  • Duration: 17 hours
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VISA-Free 2-Day St. Petersburg Discovery Tour

Take a worry-free and visa-free trip to the former imperial city of St. Peterburg on this 2-day small-group shore excursion. Visit key landmarks such as Peter and Paul Cathedral, Peterhof, the Amber Room at Catherine’s Palace, the Faberge Museum, and much more. Learn about Russia’s rich history, art, and culture from your tour guide, enjoy a relaxing boat ride, and even sample the gastronomy with two included Russian lunches.
  • Duration: 16 to 19 hrs
  • Duration: 16 to 19 hrs
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Saint Petersburg 2-Day Visa-Free Group Shore Tour

Explore the cultural capital of Russia on this 2-day small-group shore excursion. Visit some of the city’s highlights such as the Hermitage Museum, the Peter and Paul Fortress, Peterhof, Catherine’s Palace, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and much more. Enjoy a sightseeing cruise on the canals and the Neva River as well as a delicious Russian lunch on each day.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Private St. Petersburg 2-Day All-Inclusive Shore Excursion

Experience all St. Petersburg’s highlights on this 2-day visa-free private shore excursion. Gather a private group and tour the Peterhof’s fountains, the baroque Catherine Palace with its Amber Room, and many other must-sees, including the Yusupov Palace, Hermitage, and Church on Spilled Blood. Plus, enjoy a canal cruise and an optional evening activity such as a ballet, Faberge Museum, or shopping expedition. Includes private transport, skip-the-line admission to the sights, plus port pickups and drop-offs.
  • Duration: 18 hours
  • Duration: 18 hours
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Happy Tour 2 Day St Petersburg Shore Excursion

While your cruise ship is docked in St. Petersburg, this two-day tour is an ideal way to get an overview of the city's key sights, as well as attractions just outside the city, such as Peterhof's Fountain Park and Catherine Palace in Pushkin. You are picked up at the cruise-ship dock each morning in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan; this small-group excursion ensures personalized service from your guide. An optional evening program is available. Return to the cruise-ship dock is included each day. Why Travelers Choose This Tour We employ the best local guides. They are young, university educated, creative, energetic and passionate about St. Petersburg.  They are real stars in their profession!
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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St Petersburg Hermitage Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket

Save time by purchasing this priority ticket to the Hermitage, allowing you to skip the lines. Once inside, you can explore at your own pace. See masters of Russian and international art at one of the largest museums in the world. There’s also the option of buying a two-day pass, which gives access to the Tsar’s Winter Palace, the Menshikov Palace, and the Museum of Imperial Porcelain Factory too.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Hermitage Skip-the-line Ticket with Concierge Service

Visit the Hermitage Museum on your own and use skip-the-line concierge service at the same time! This product will make your visit to one of the most popular art galleries in the world stress-free and efficient. Your pre-booked ticket with the timed entry will be delivered to you by one of our company representatives who will also assist you to enter the museum. The admission time might be chosen by you but not guaranteed. However, we will try to make it as close as possible to the time of your choice. You will walk to one of the museum entries together with your concierge who will explain the rules of the museum, give directions and will assist ro get audio guides and museum maps, if requested.You can stay in the museum as long as it is opened and explore the collections at your own pace. (the General Staff Building is not included in the regular price).The Impressionists collection is a separate ticket. You can have it as an add-on. The concierge will also show you the entry.
  • Duration: 1 to 6 hours
  • Duration: 1 to 6 hours
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Private tour: The Hermitage Museum and 3-course Traditional Russian Lunch with Russian Vodka

Enjoy a private tour of St Petersburg's Hermitage—one of the largest museum's on the planet—then follow it up with a traditional 3-course Russian meal. Use your admission ticket to peruse the world's largest collection of paintings and explore the Hermitage's vast exhibition halls, taking in works by Rembrandt, Picasso, Goya and Van Gogh as you go. See sculptures by da Vinci and wander among extravagant state rooms offering insight into Russian history. Afterward, savor a lunch of national cuisine (think beet borsht and fish) accompanied by a complimentary vodka shot.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Full Day City Highlights Tour of St. Petersburg

See the sights of St Petersburg on a city tour with a private guide who makes sure you don’t miss the top landmarks and attractions in the former Russian capital. Learn about three centuries of history as you travel through the city by private vehicle to visit palaces, cathedrals, squares and more, including the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, the Hermitage Museum and the Fortress of Saints Peter and Paul. Over the course of the day, you’ll hear about Russian royalty, admire the ornate architecture and take in the atmosphere of grandeur.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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St. Petersburg City Walking Tour and the Hermitage Museum

Immerse yourself in local culture with a walking tour of St Petersburg and a guided tour of the city's vast Hermitage museum. Explore this 'Venice of the North's' top attractions: marvel at the impressive dome atop St Isaac's Cathedral, stroll along the great people-watching corridor of Nevsky Prospect and learn how St Petersburg came to be at Peter and Paul Fortress, the city's birthplace. Once inside the Hermitage enjoy access to hundreds of thousands of incredible artworks, including some by Monet, da Vinci, Goya, Van Gogh and Rembrandt.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Hermitage Free Tour and Nights in Historical Suite

A unique opportunity to stay in and tour the apartment of Sergey Rachmaninoff in the stylish, art hotel located downtown Saint Petersburg and receive a bonus guided tour of the Hermitage Museum on a day of your choice.
  • Duration: 1 to 5 days
  • Duration: 1 to 5 days
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2-Day Group Shore Excursion in St Petersburg with Faberge Museum & Boat Cruise

Get a comprehensive overview of St. Petersburg on this 2-day small-group tour. See famous landmarks such as Peterhof, Catherine’s Palace, the Hermitage Museum, the Church on the Spilled Blood, St Isaac's Cathedral, and much more. Enjoy skip-the-line admission to many popular attractions, a 3-course Russian lunch on each day, a sightseeing cruise along the canals and the Neva River, and a guided tour of the famous Faberge Museum with the largest collection of Faberge eggs.
  • Duration: 18 to 19 hours
  • Duration: 18 to 19 hours
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St. Petersburg 2-Day Grand Shore Excursion Tour

This 2-day tour through St. Petersburg gets you acquainted with the city, its history, and its culture. Visit Catherine Palace, Peterhof Garden (Petrodvorets), Rasputin Museum at the Yusupov Palace, the Russian-Orthodox Peter and Paul Cathedral, and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Plus go on a canal and river boat ride, and gain early access to The Hermitage.
  • Duration: 19 hours
  • Duration: 19 hours
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Small Group Visa Free Saint Petersburg 2 Day Must See shore excursion

Get a comprehensive overview of Russia’s cultural capital on this 2-day small-group shore excursion to St. Petersburg. See famous landmarks such as the Hermitage Museum, Catherine’s Palace, Peterhof, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and much more. Enjoy a boat tour along the canals and the Neva River, 3-course Russian lunches on each day, and skip-the-line admission to popular attractions.
  • Duration: 19 hours
  • Duration: 19 hours
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2-Day St. Petersburg City and Local Culture Shore Excursion in a Small Group

Get a comprehensive overview of St. Petersburg on this 2-day shore excursion with a small group. Visit the Russian Imperial palaces, the Peterhof Fountain Park, and the famous Hermitage Museum. Take a canal cruise through the 'Venice of the North' and choose to upgrade your experience with a 3-hour tour extension featuring visits to some of the city's top nighttime attractions. Your small group is limited to just 15 people, which ensures personalized attention from your guide.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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1 Day Imperial Saint Petersburg Highlights Tour Visas Included

Walk in the shadows of Russia’s emperors on a full-day imperial St Petersburg tour, with cruise port pickup and drop-off, and Russian visa included. With an expert guide, travel between the city's highlights by air-conditioned vehicle as you learn about its tumultuous royal history. View world-famous art at the Hermitage in the Winter Palace, and marvel at the onion-spired Church on Spilled Blood, built on the site of Alexander III's assassination.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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2-Day City Highlights Tour of St. Petersburg

While your cruise ship is docked, see the highlights of St. Petersburg with ease on this 2-day excursion. Accompanied by a guide, travel in an air-conditioned minivan. Visit Catherine Palace and the Amber Room, stroll through the gardens at Peterhof, and visit the Hermitage before the opening hours to skip the crowds. Take a boat ride along the canals and taste traditional Russian lunches.
  • Duration: 20 hours
  • Duration: 20 hours
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St. Petersburg Imperial Splendors and Faberge Museum 2-Day Tour

See St. Petersburg’s top attractions in just two days on this tour, including transport. Gain early entry to the Hermitage, and explore its exhibits. Go to the privately owned Faberge Museum, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Catherine Palace, Peterhof Palace, and the Russian-Orthodox Peter and Paul Cathedral.
  • Duration: 18 hours
  • Duration: 18 hours
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Combination Tour: Hermitage Museum Diamond and Gold Rooms Tour with a Curator Including All-Day Admission to the Museum

Delve into the Hermitage vast offerings with all-day admission to this incredible museum, as well as exclusive entry into both its Diamond and Gold rooms in the company of an expert curator. This combination tour allows you an opportunity to view some of the museum's most prized possessions, including ancient Greek gold, sparkling jewels and gem-cut icons once belong to the imperial family. Afterward enjoy a guided tour through the greater Hermitage before branching out to see art works by Goya, Picasso, Michelangelo and da Vinci on your own.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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St Petersburg 1-day tour for NCL passengers

This 1-day tour is specifically designed for travellers on board NCL cruise ship that arrives to St Petersburg at 6 pm (July 6, August 2, 12) and leaves the next day (July 7, August 3, 13)*.We invite you to start your St Petersburg experience in the evening on the day of your arrival. Enjoy a comprehensive city tour and a boat ride, and get ready for more sightseeing the next day. Your professional guide will take you the famous Hermitage Museum, fascinating Church on Spilled Blood and beautiful Peterhof Fountain Park.*If your NCL ship stays in St Petersburg for 2 days, please take a look at our 2-day tours.
  • Duration: 13 hours
  • Duration: 13 hours
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Private tour: Hermitage Museum Including Tours of Diamond and Gold Rooms with a Curator

Get a rare look at the Hermitage's most prized possessions with a private tour of the museum's Diamond and Gold rooms. Join an expert curator in exploring these exclusive galleries filled with gold, jewels, icons and antiques, and marvel at intricate artworks commissioned by Catherine the Great, a toilet set made of gold and Fabergé items that go beyond Easter eggs. Then continue your day with a guided tour of the greater museum, admiring paintings by Rembrandt and Goya and learning the history of this vast complex as you go.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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All Inclusive: Full Day Tour of St Petersburg

Get acquainted with St. Petersburg and its sights with this day-long tour of the city. Covering more ground and sights than you would do by foot, the coach tour takes in all the top St. Petersburg attractions including St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Palace Square, and the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. You’ll even savor a traditional Russian lunch and visit the State Hermitage Museum, too.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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2 Day Visa-Free Small Group Moderate Shore Excursion of Saint-Petersburg

See the best that St. Petersburg has to offer during this 2-day small-group shore excursion. Visit key landmarks like Peterhof, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, the Hermitage Museum, as well as a trip to Pushkin. Discover the rich history and culture of Russia as you explore the former imperial capital and enjoy visa-free access to the city for cruise ship and ferry passengers.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Private Hermitage State Museum with Faberge Halls Tour and 3-Course Traditional Russian Lunch in St. Petersburg

While in Russia, make a trip over to St. Petersburg to see one of the world’s largest museums, the Hermitage with this private, 6-hour tour, including access to the UNESCO-listed Faberge Halls. The museum is home to over three million items, housed in six historic buildings, and your private guide can help you navigate the huge space to see what you’re interested in during one visit. Plus round-trip transport and lunch are included to help your day go smoothly.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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