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State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace
Years of construction:1754-1762 (The Winter Palace)
Attraction status:State Museum of art and culture
Operating time:10:30 - 18:00, closed on Mondays
The architect:Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli
Site:Historical center of St.Petersburg
Web:www.hermitagemuseum.org

The State Hermitage is one of the largest museums of the world with huge collection of art and culture masterpieces. The museum was founded in 1764 when Empress Catherine the Great purchased a collection of Flemish and Dutch paintings. In 18-th century known as the "Magnificent Age" of Russian history, the Hermitage was an official state residence, a storehouse of art and a home of the Russian Empress Catherine II. In 1852 the Hermitage became the first Russian public museum open to visitors. The 19th century continued the tradition of collecting works of art which began in Catherine's time, the interiors of the Hermitage received a new look matching the altered tastes of the age, the walls of the palace ensemble took part in the final chapter in the rule of the Romanov's dynasty. In Soviet times during World War II most of the exibit items were evacuated, but the Hermitage suffered from the nazi's siege of Leningrad, the facades and interiors of the museum were damaged by artillery shelling. Now the museum's exhibitions, storerooms and offices are located in 10 buildings, the collection contains around 3 million exhibit items, including the largest collection of paintings in the world.
Map of St.Petersburg
34, Dvortsovaya Embankment, St.Petersburg, Russia
+7 (812) 5718446

Tour programme:personal guide, tickets, private excursion, transfer (optional)
Price:starts from 60 USD per person (depends on the season and number of pax)
Tour duration:4 hours
Options:be sure that we'll enhance your tour programme with any element upon your request