Excursions

The Hermitage — one of the oldest and largest museums of the world.

It is located in five historical buildings of St.-Petersburg, including the Winter palace - residence of Russian tsars.

Initially being Catherine’s II collection and later on becoming Russian Emperors’ one there are app. 3 million pieces of art in the Hermitage today. We’ve found some interesting facts about the Hermitage which are closely connected to the history and developing of the world’s top 20 best museum collections.

Cats

In the XVIII century there turned out to be a problem with rats – they were spoiling Winter Palace’s walls. That’s why Empress Elizabeth gave an order to bring some cats from Kazan, which saved the museum. Catherine II left them and gave them a status of ‘’gallery’s security guard”. Currently the Hermitage cats continue to guard the museum, and you can still find them!

Rules for visitors

In the XVIII - first half of the XIX century visiting the Hermitage was not a simple thing. People could not enter the museum freely - only the aristocracy was allowed. But even for the “cream of the society” strict rules applied: ceremonial uniforms, tail-coats,etc. The museum was opened for public in 1852.

Nicolas’s II garage

Emperor Nicholas II was very fond of cars. In his personal collection were over twenty car brands such as "Mercedes", "Rolls-Royce" and "Delaunay-Belleville”. In 1910 in the passage between the Winter Palace and the Small Hermitage was built a large garage.The Emperor liked to stay in the garage and to wash the cars by himself. In 1917 when Bolsheviks came to power this collection was lost.

Mainly the excursion lasts 2.5-3 hours.

We offer to include also a separate tour to the Hermitage’s storerooms. In the gallery, there are two jewels exposition: Gold and Diamond storeroom. Treasure Gallery gets you acquainted with the masterpieces of artists of different countries and peoples, cultures and eras, from ancient times to the beginning of the XX century. Also you will see the works of the ancient Greek masters, Scythian gold, jewels of the East: India, Iran, China, magnificent examples of weapons from the eastern front.

Today rules for the visitors are not as strict as they were in the XIX century.

NOTE: while visiting the Hermitage museum as a group with an excursion ticket we ask you kindly to come beforehand and strictly to the time set by the museum for your visit.

The General Staff Building

Opening Hours

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 10.30-18.00
Wednesday, Friday: 10.30-21.00
Closed: Monday
The ticket offices close 30 minutes before museum closure
Closed: 1 January and 9 May

NOTE: French paintings of the 19th–20th centuries are on display in the General Staff Building

Temporary exhibits are currently on display in the General Staff Building:

 Gifts from East and West to the Imperial Court over 300 Years
until 10 January 2015

The Collection of Contemporary and Applied Art, 1948-2013: A Gift from the Hermitage Museum Foundation (USA).
until 10 January 2015

Steve McCurry "Unguarded Moment"
Until 22 November 2015

Permanent exhibitions:

«Sergey Shchukin and the Morozov Brothers Memorial Gallery»
«French Painting and Sculpture of the 19th Century»
«Western European Art of the 19th Century. (Germany, Holland, Belgium)»
«The Age of Art Nouveau»
«Under the Sign of the Eagle. The Art of the Empire»
«The Guard Museum. 18th Century»
«The Russian Foreign Ministry»
«The Russian Ministry of Finance»

Admission Prices

300 RUB – entry ticket to the General Staff Building

600 RUB – entry ticket to the Main Museum Complex and the branches
The Main Museum Complex (entrance for visitors: 2, Palace Square)
The General Staff Building (6/8, Palace Square)
Winter Palace of Peter the Great (32, Palace Embankment)
Menshikov Palace (15, Universitetskaya Embankment)
The Museum of the Imperial Porcelain Factory (151, Prospekt Obukhovskoi Oborony)
(tickets can be purchased in the ticket offices in the Main Museum Complex and in the branches except for Staraya Derevnya Restoration and Storage Centre)

400 RUB - entry ticket to the Main Museum Complex and the branches
for Russian and Belarusian citizens
The Main Museum Complex (entrance for visitors: 2, Palace Square)
The General Staff Building (6/8, Palace Square)
Winter Palace of Peter the Great (32, Palace Embankment)
(tickets can be purchased in the ticket offices in the Main Museum Complex and the General Staff Building on presentation of documents confirming citizenship (Russian or Belarusian passport or residence permit)

Entry ticket allows single visit to the Main Museum Complex and the branches during the day of its purchase.

Please keep your tickets with you until the end of your visit.