It’s impossible to see the collections of this vast world-famous museum in one, two or three visits … It’s not possible to stop by every item otherwise it would take you years. Thanks to Catherine the Great who founded the Hermitage in 1764 by having purchased 225 pictures in Berlin, today we enjoy all kinds of masterpieces including paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, El Greco, Rembrandt, Rubens etc., pieces of applied art, collection of ancient sculptures, beautiful vases, impressive tapestries and, of course, original interiors.
When you pass the checkpoint the first you see is the Jordan staircase richly decorated in the Baroque style. You go upstairs and walk through the enfilade of gala rooms where the Russian emperors would have their official receptions, ceremonies and grand balls. Done with interiors? Well, at least you get a general idea. Then you start exploring collections. You pass to another building, then another one, then another… Apart from the Winter palace, the main building of the museum, you will find yourselves in the Small Hermitage, in the Old Hermitage, in the New Hermitage and even in the functioning Hermitage theatre, former private theatre of Catherine the Great, one of the few theatre interiors in the world dating back to the 18th century.
A must to visit, a place to get overwhelmed with art and pleasure…
Address: 34 Dvortsovaya nab.
Open 10:30 - 18:00
Sunday 10:30 - 17:00
Closed on Monday