Hermitage Museum St Petersburg
The State Hermitage Museum is the second-largest museum in the world. The museum starts its history from collections of works of art which were gained by Russian empress Catherine II in private capacity. With over 3 million items in its collection, it also definitely rewards repeat visits, and new-comers can only hope to get a brief taste of the riches on offer here, from Impressionist masterpieces to fascinating Oriental treasures. One estimate has it that you would need eleven years to view each exhibit on display for just one minute, so many visitors prefer to organize a guided tour to ensure they have time to catch all the collection’s highlights. Art aficionados, however, may find it more rewarding to seek out for themselves the works that they are particularly interested in.
In the Main Museum Complex of the State Hermitage are presented the monuments of culture and arts of the ancient world, Europe, Russia, the East, archaeological and numismatic collections. In the Hermitage collection there are two paintings by Leonardo da Vinci and sculpture by Michelangelo, which can be found nowhere else in Russia, as well as the largest collection of Rembrandt’s paintings outside Netherlands.
Jewelry and decorative art
Italian and Spanish fine art
Dutch Golden Age and Flemish Baroque
German, Swiss, British and French fine art
French Neoclassical, Impressionist, and post-Impressionist art
Modern, German Romantic and other 19-20th century art
The main collection of the museum is in the so-called Main Complex, consisting of five interconnected buildings. The Winter Palace, the Small Hermitage, the New Hermitage, the Great (Old) Hermitage and the Hermitage Theater. The people of St. Petersburg call this great complex as the Winter Palace, since it is the main building and the one appears in all photos and postcards.
2, Dvortsovaya Ploschad (Palace Square)
Telephone: +7 (812) 571-3420; +7 (812) 710-9079
Open: Daily 10:30am to 6pm. Last admission is at 5:30pm. Wednesday and Friday, till 9pm. Last admission is at 8:30pm.
Hermitage Museum St Petersburg | paintings in chronological order
1601 – 1625
1851 – 1875