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The State Hermitage Museum of St Petersburg is the second-largest art museum in the world. Founded by Catherine the Great, with its main entrance in the former Winter Palace, the museum owns over 1 million works of art including paintings by Raphael, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Picasso. A must-see for any art lover, it’s recommended that visitors take a guided tour so they don’t miss anything in this vast museum complex.
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Book tickets in advance to skip the lines at the Hermitage Museum.
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Hermitage Skip-the-line Ticket with Concierge Service

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Hermitage is one of the most popular are galleries in the world. It is highly recommended to plan your visit in advance and getting a pre-booked admission is an absolute must.Your pre-booked ticket with the timed morning (10.00 a.m. in high season and 10.45 a.m. in low season) or afternoon entry (2.00 p.m.) will be delivered to you by a company representative. 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 to get audio guides and museum maps, if requested. The concierge speaks only English!You can stay in the museum as long as it is opened and explore the collections at your own pace. Please note that you are not able to use your voucher to enter the museum on your own.
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Skip the Line: State Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg Admission Ticket

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Enjoy a visit to the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and choose between a one-day or two-day skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Main Museum Complex and General Staff Building.
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Guided Tours

Find your way through the huge museum complex and discover the most important artworks with the help of an expert guide.
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St. Petersburg: Skip-the-Line Hermitage Tour

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Tour the world-renowned Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg with a 3-hour guided visit. Walk the reception halls of the Winter Palace, and tour the art gallery to behold the great masterpieces of Western European art. Then explore the rest at leisure.
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St. Petersburg: Hermitage Museum Guided Tour

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See masterpieces of art and architecture on a 3-hour small group tour of the Hermitage Museum with an English-speaking guide. Marvel at iconic works by Da Vinci and other artists, along with lesser-known paintings of the permanent collections.
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St. Petersburg: Private Skip-the-Line Hermitage Group Tour

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Discover St. Petersburg by taking a tour of the most famous sights in the northern capital of Russia. On your 4-hour guided tour, visit the treasure house of world-famous paintings and sculptures at the Hermitage Museum.
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St. Petersburg: Hermitage Highlights Tour

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Enjoy a fully comprehensive guided tour inside the Winter Palace and the Hermitage museum. Prepare to be amazed at the luxurious staterooms and legendary masterpieces.
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Browse even more products which include a trip to the State Hermitage Museum in the Winter Palace.
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St Petersburg: Hermitage Skip-the-Line Admission with a Host

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Explore the Hermitage collection at your own pace with a skip-the-line ticket. The service includes pre-booked museum admission with timed entry, a ticket delivery to the meeting point, and help with museum entrance.
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Hermitage Museum St Petersburg Private Tour

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Explore one of the greatest museums in the world on a 3-hour tour of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg’s Winter Palace. A private guide will introduce you to masterpieces by Titian, Rembrandt, Da Vinci, and more.
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St. Petersburg 1-Day Visa-Free Shore Excursion

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Enjoy a visa-free shore excursion in St. Petersburg and see some of the most famous monuments. Your guide will take you to see The Hermitage, Peter and Paul Fortress, and the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.
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St. Petersburg: Hermitage Museum Private Tour with Pickup

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Skip the long lines to one of the world's most popular museums and marvel at masterpieces of art on a private guided tour of the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg.
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4 Tips for Visiting the Hermitage Museum

Hermitage Museum Reflection | Photo: Syuqor7 - CC-BY-ND 2.0
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The museum complex is extremely large and visitors will need to do a lot of walking, so it’s advised that you wear comfortable shoes!
Hermitage Museum | Photo: Chris - CC-BY 2.0
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The Hermitage Museum is one of the most popular attractions in St. Petersburg, receiving roughly 4.2 million visitors a year, or 14,000 per day. It’s also closed on Mondays, so expect the number of visitors to be high whichever day of the week you visit. It will be slightly less crowded just after it opens in the morning, so try to arrive earlier in the day. If it’s possible to time your visit to avoid weekends, days with free entry, and the summer holidays between June and August, you’ll also have a better chance at avoiding the most crowded days. On Wednesdays and Fridays, the museum is also open late, and the crowds generally begin to subside around 4 pm.
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Guests with online tickets should enter via a separate entry in the inner courtyard, which means they’ll skip the long lines at the main entrance. There are also ticket machines in the courtyard where you can pay for entry tickets with a credit card.
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The main attractions and most famous artworks of the Hermitage tend to get the most crowds, especially when there are several group tours happening at once. Don’t forget that there are also quieter areas of the museum complex which are also worth a visit, such as the collections of egyptian and classical antiquities. If you have the time, then it’s also highly recommended that you spread your visit to the museums over two days, so that you can see all the collections in depth.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s there to see in the second largest museum in the world?

Next to works by Rembrandt, Raphael, Degas, and Leonardo da Vinci, you’ll find pieces from the Imperial Russian court, including thrones and other items from the treasury of the Tsars. The Hermitage Museum’s collection is vast, and its almost 3 million objects and artifacts cover almost all eras of European art history, in addition to art from Asia, Africa, and South America. The collection of art and archaeological pieces which was founded by Catherine the Great is housed in 5 buildings: the Winter Palace, the Great (or Old) Hermitage, the Small Hermitage, the New Hermitage, and the Hermitage Theater. Particular highlights include the collections of Spanish and Dutch art, as well as some individual pieces such as the 18th-century Peacock Clock.

What’s the story behind the Winter Palace?

The Winter Palace, one of the buildings housing the Hermitage, is full of history! It was the main residence of the Russian Imperial family when they were in St. Petersburg. It was designed by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, among others, in 1754 and its style later became known as Elizabethan Baroque after Empress Elizabeth. The palace wasn’t always painted in its iconic pale green color, it began life yellow and was even once a dull red. The color is a matter for debate, as the green used was the standard color the Soviets used for Baroque buildings and might not be considered representative of how the building was intended to look. After the October Revolution, the Winter Palace became a part of the neighboring museums of the Hermitage, and the building was most recently renovated in 2005. Inside are opulent rooms and chambers, such as the Malachite Drawing Room, where visitors can view the personal belongings of the Imperial family.

Should I take a guided tour?

A tour with an experienced guide is rarely a waste of money if you want to learn as much as possible about the historical background of the artworks on display. However, since there can be congestion as a result of larger tour groups, it might be best to visit the highlights on your own and then take a guided tour through some of the less well-known parts of the collection. The sheer number of exhibits to explore will mean you probably won’t be able to see everything in a single day, so it’s advised that, if you’re visiting without a guide, you should research the parts of the collection that interest you the most and plan your route accordingly. Of course, if you just want the highlights and an overview, then you can book a guided tour and be confident that they’ll show you the most interesting things to see.

How long does it take to visit the Hermitage Museum?

Since there’s so much to see inside the Hermitage Museum complex, even in the Winter Palace exhibitions alone, you can easily spend a whole day or many days discovering everything. Guided tours usually take around 4 hours and move at a brisk pace through a range of exhibits. Art lovers will probably want to take more time than that, but you’ll want to prioritize the works you want to see in order to make the most of your ticket. If you’re visiting with a family, especially with small children, you’ll probably want to plan a whole day with plenty of short stops so that the children don’t get overtired.

General Information

Opening Hours:

The main museum complex is open every day of the week except Mondays. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays the museum opens at 10.30 am and closes at 6 pm. On Wednesdays and Fridays, it opens at 10.30 am and closes at 9 pm. Special exhibitions may be open later, please check when booking.

Address:

The State Hermitage Museum
Russia, 190000
St Petersburg
Dvortsovaya Naberezhnaya 34

Tickets:

Tickets on the day cost 400 RUB for Russian and Belarussian nationals to purchase an entry ticket to the main Hermitage Museum and all its collections in other locations, and 700 RUB for all other visitors to enter the main museum complex and the collections in other locations.
Entry to the museum is free for children and students and is free for all visitors on the third Thursday of each month and on December 7.

How to get there:

The main museum complex can be reached by metro (line 5 to Admiralteyskaya, line 2 to Nevsky Prospekt, or line 3 to Gostiny Dvor), bus (numbers 7, 10, 24, or 191), or by trolleybus (numbers 1, 7, 10, or 11).
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