State Hermitage Museum - A Grandiose Art Collection

The State Hermitage Museum, located in St Petersburg, is one of the biggest, oldest and most significant art galleries on the planet. This beautiful museum is made up of six different buildings which can be found along the banks of the Neva River. The museum includes the incredibly beautiful Winter Palace which was once home to the Tsars of Russia. If you are planning to spend time in St Petersburg soon, this is a must-see attraction which should be at the top of your list of “things to do”.

Any tour of Russia’s State Hermitage Museum simply has to start with a tour of the Winter Palace. Built on Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli’s design between 1754 and 1762, this beautiful building is a delight to behold. As if being privy to the luxury and opulence that once housed the Tsars wasn’t enough, this stunning building is used to house priceless collections of art that will keep you entertained for hours. Once you’ve toured the main building, you will find that the eastern wing of the General Staff building, as well as the Menshikov Palace, are also worth touring. The recently erected Repository also holds numerous valuable artworks.

Most people are surprised to learn the sheer number of artworks that have been carefully collected, restored and displayed at the State Hermitage Museum. There are currently more than 3 000 000 items belonging to the museum – many of which were collected over a period of two and half centuries. The artworks on display in the museum cover virtually every period of mankind, including the Stone Age and antiquity. Of course, newer artworks, artists and art movements are not ignored and there is plenty on display from the 20th century. The museum’s core focus is not just on art, but also on the development of culture around the world through the ages.

The State Hermitage Museum’s most recent addition is a beautiful digital self-portrait in the form of an internet website which aims to help millions of people around the world understand the Museum’s ideals and be privy to information about both the museum and the treasures within it. However, there is simply no substitute to real thing and you should make every effort to visit the State Hermitage Museum while in St Petersburg.


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