The Hermitage Museum
The Hermitage is the greatest collection of culture-historical objects in Russia and one of the largest museums in the world. The Main museum complex consists of six buildings on the Dvortsovaya embankment. They are Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Large(Old) Hermitage, New Hermitage, Hermitage Theatre and Store House. The most significant of them is Winter Palace which used to be an imperial residence.
The museum was established in 1764 by Catherine the Great as private collection of pictures, which were acquired by the Empress. The collection was filling constantly and in 1852 was opened for public in the separate building New Hermitage, which had been constructed specially for that purpose. At that time there were vast collections of ancient egyptian and ancient western exhibits, medieval culture, art of Western and Eastern Europe, Russian art and much more.
1. Modern Hermitage numbers about 3 million items and it will take about 6 years to visit all rooms and look at every item for at least 1 minute.
2. "Hermitage cats" - special cats which live in the Winter Palace. They have been protecting the Palace from rats since it was built. Every cat has its own id, name and bowl.
10.30am - 6pm - daily
10.30am - 9pm - Wednesday and Friday
closed - Monday
600 RUR, children and students - free, first Thursday every month and December,7 - free.