"There are art galleries, there are museums, there are the great museums of the world and then there is the Hermitage", says Lonely Planet. "An unrivalled collection of art treasures housed in the magnificent palace from which the Romanov tsars ruled the Russian Empire, the State Hermitage will inevitably be the focus of any first visit to St Petersburg, and rightly so."
You haven't been to St. Petersburg if you miss the Hermitage. Apart from expected and widely known Western European paintings you'll find there all sorts of art objects from Roman sculptures and Egyptian tombs to belongings of Peter the Great in Russian Department, numismatics, armour collection and even two treasure chambers with world-famous Carl Faberge jewellery.
Can't visit St. Petersburg in the nearest planned future? Take a virtual tour of the Hermitage!
Tip: To skip the queues (especially suring the high season May to August) we highly recommend you to book your tickets in advance on the Hermitage web-site. There are also 2-day combined tickets available with an access to the Menshikov Palace (the oldest stone building in the city and the home for the city's first Governor-general Alexey Menshikov, an associate and a close friend of Peter I), Winter palace of Peter the Great and even a Porcelain Museum!
At the information kiosk you can pick up a free colour map of the museum, available in most European languages. Immediately after ticket inspection you can hire an audio guide with recorded tours in English, German, French, Italian or Russian.
The State Hermitage Museum
Address: 2, Dvortsovaya Ploschad (Dvortsovaya Square)
Work days and hours: Tue, Thu-Sun 10.30-18.00, Wed 10.30-21.00\
Museum is closed on Mondays, January 1, May 9