St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum is a Must-See Attraction!:
Undeniably one of St. Petersburg's must-see sights
, the State Hermitage Museum will impress even the most museum-phobic traveler. The museum, which is one of the world's largest, is home to numerous collections of artwork and artifacts that have come from all over the world and all periods of history. Visitors to St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum will see prime examples of art from famous artists like Rubens, da Vinci, Rembrandt and more, as well as objects that originated in Russia, including those owned and used by Russia's royal rulers.
Location of St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum:
The Hermitage Museum main complex is located on Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Dvortsovaya Square). The complex is made up of six buildings: Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage, New Hermitage, Hermitage Theater, and Reserve House. Three metro stations are situated near Dvortsovaya Ploshchad, but it's also possible to take a trolley or bus, which will drop you off right in front of the Hermitage Museum.
Other Buildings of the Hermitage Museum:
The Hermitage Museum occupies other buildings in St. Petersburg outside of the main complex. The General Staff Building (located across the square), houses newer exhibitions. The Menshikov Palace offers visitors a look into the original interior design of an 18th century palace. The Museum of Porcelain exhibits remarkable examples of porcelain produced in Russia and abroad. The Storage Facility of the State Hermitage is available for view by tour only; it allows objects and artworks that would otherwise be unviewable to the public to be viewed. The Winter Palace of Peter the Great is also a part of the Hermitage.
Entrance Fees, Tours, and Hours of Operation:
The main museum complex is open from 10:30am to 6pm and costs 350 rubles. The other buildings of the Hermitage Museum follow their own hours of operation and cost 60 rubles each for entry. Guided tours are available in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. A license for photos and video will cost another 200 rubles.
If you want to avoid lines, purchase tickets online. Make sure to bring your ID because it is a requirement of entry.
Hermitage Around the World:
Other branches of the Hermitage Museum can be found in Kazan (The Hermitage-Kazan Exhibition Center, Tatarstan), Las Vegas (The Hermitage-Guggenheim Exhibition Centre, and Amsterdam (The Hermitage-Amsterdam Exhibition Centre).
Hermitage Museum Digital Collection Online:
If you can't make it to St. Petersburg or one of the Hermitage's international branches, the museum's website has a digital collection available for view online, which includes painting, clothing, armor, jewelry, and more.
Hermitage Digital Collection