Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.Ibn Battuta
The much spoken about and much visited attraction of Saint Petersburg (Read more) is the State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace. Though we aren’t keen museum enthusiast, just hearing about the artefacts present here made me excited and longing to go here.
It is a museum of art and culture in Saint Petersburg, Russia. One of the largest and oldest museums in the world, it was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and has been open to the public since 1852. Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise over three million items (the numismatic collection accounts for about one third of them) including the largest collection of paintings in the world. The collections occupy a large complex of six historic buildings along Palace Embankment, including the Winter Palace, a former residence of Russian emperors.
- Address: Palace Square, 2, St Petersburg, Russia, 190000
- Opening times: Daily 10:30am to 6pm. Last admission is at 5:30pm. Wednesday and Friday, till 9pm. Last admission is at 8:30pm. (Monday closed)
- Fees: 600 RUB – Main Museum Complex and the branches (the General Staff Building, Winter Palace of Peter the Great, Menshikov Palace, the Museum of the Imperial Porcelain Factory)
- Ticket Purchase Online – Click here– $ 17.95 – One-day entrance ticket to the Main Museum Complex and General Staff Building.
- No camera allowed inside the Museum without a camera ticket which needs to purchased separately if queued. The Camera ticket is included with the online ticket.
- Tips on Saint Petersburg Metro – Click here
Note: Separate entrance to the Main Museum Complex through Shuvalovsky Proezd is open for visitors with Internet tickets and gift cards(see image above). So there is no need to line up like the rest of the many. Please book online and head straight to the gate shown in map below and you are in. To enter show a printed voucher to the security at the entrance and then scan the bar-code at the turnstiles.
Keep in mind that this is a huge museum and on any given day there is always a huge rush of people and it can be very daunting and overwhelming. So it’s very important that you plan a route of all the main artifacts inside the museum so that you can cover the most important ones within a day.
I have planned a walk through the museum with detailed navigation visiting the most important areas like the Jordan’s staircase, war Gallery of 1812, Pavilion hall etc. and the most famous artifacts like the Peacock clock, Madonna with the child, Danae, Holy family, Crouching Boy, Return of the Prodigal son and many more. If you use this document it would take you approx. 6 hours to navigate. Please leave a comment below and I could mail you this detailed document.
Also do make it a point to visit the museum grounds in the night.
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