One of the largest and oldest museums in the world with the collection of nearly 3 million items, including the world famous collection of paintings (from 13th to 19th centuries ) located inside the six historic buildings, one of them – the Winter Palace, the former winter residence of the Royal family.
If it is your first time in St. Petersburg and you do not want to get lost and be confused by millions of exhibits while visiting the world-famous art collections, we recommend our 2-2,5 hour “ The Introduction to the Hermitage” tour during which you will catch all the collection highlights. Your private guide will take you around all buildings of the museum and focus on the key works in each room or department.
If you an art aficionado interested in particular parts of the Hermitage collection you can easily order one of our tailor-made guided excursions with an art history expert and see what you really need.
If you want to enter the museum before the regular opening time ( 10.30 a.m.) we can book for you the special “early entry”(for extra fee) which will provide you with the access to the museum between 9.30 and 10.00 a.m.
Please note: We will arrange fast track entry(not more than in 5-10 min) to the museum not depending on whether you book early admission or not. The “early entry” does not mean that you avoid queuing since lots of big tour groups book it. It simply gives some extra time inside the museum rooms when they are less packed.
Gold Room/Treasure Gallery
The special Treasure Gallery excursion ( lasts 40 – 60 min.) can be booked additionally to the Hermitage tour (for extra fee).
The main idea of this collection is to show the jewelry artifacts from the earliest works of goldsmiths (3-4th millennium B.C.) to the 20th c. court jewelers priceless pieces.
The Treasure gallery contains ancient Scythian and Greek gold masterpieces from the burial mounds, the most interesting relics of Early Russian and West European art from the 12th to the 16th centuries, rare examples of works of jewelry produced by European craftsmen in the 16th and 17th centuries used as diplomatic gifts or for the decoration of palace state rooms, watches and bracelets, fans and rings, pendants and brooches, hair ornaments and necessaries which were made by German, Swiss and French goldsmiths for Russian imperial court and aristocracy, 20th c.trends including Carl Faberge workshop.
Please note: the booking of the Treasure Gallery excursion must be confirmed not later than the 20th of the month prior to the month of your visit. Photo inside is not permitted!
The Restoration and Storage Centre of the Hermitage in Staraya Derevnya.
This Repositary which was designed to store the vast funds of the Hermitage that are not part of the permanent displays is located in one of the northern districts of the city ( within 30 – 60 min drive from the city centre).
The Centre houses various collections of the Department of Western European Art, the Department of the History of Russian Culture, the Oriental Department, the Department of Archaeology of Eastern Europe and Siberia, as well as the Laboratory of Scientific Restoration of Easel Paintings. The fund includes around 3,500 icons and canvases of Russian artists of the 17th to early 20th century, as well as the medieval Russian frescoes and works by foreign artists living in Russia.
The Hall of Carriages collection include various remarkable exhibits, including vis-à-vis carriages, sedan- chairs and state carriages made for coronation. In the Oriental Department visitors can enjoy a tent made of cashmere fabric, lavishly decorated with golden needlework and embroidery which was presented by the Turkish Sultan Selim III to Catherine II in 1793.