State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace

Dvortsovaya Square, 2, St. Petersburg


The State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace is the most fascinating attraction in Saint Petersburg. The winter palace was the main residence of the greatest power in the country. Others, however, know the place as the former building of the Hermitage Museum.
The baroque style three-floor building is an epitome of beauty. Moreover, the light green and white facade is not the only aspect of its uniqueness. In addition, the palace has about two thousand windows and over one thousand rooms. The place signals luxury. The decorated hallways and the expensively furnished rooms prove the point. Thankfully, many of these are open to the public.
The Palace was built in the mid-eighteenth century by Tsar Peter the Great. So, the Tsar wanted for his daughter Elizabeth to live in the palace. Yet, life took her away before the palace was complete. Since then some of the rooms have been changed a bit. But the palace still shines in full glory.
The palace is right there on the shore of Neva River. It’s located alongside four more buildings. The Hermitage Museum, the biggest art gallery in Russia next to it. The museum hosts 2.7 exhibits with great collections of art pieces.

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Open Hours:

  • Wed

    10:30 - 21:00

  • Mon

    10:30 - 18:00

  • Tue

    10:30 - 18:00

  • Thu

    10:30 - 18:00

  • Fri

    10:30 - 21:00

  • Sat

    10:30 - 18:00

  • Sun

    10:30 - 18:00

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  • Sionainne Costello

    - 11 September 2018 -

    Brilliant architecture - it's its own art. Selection of art pieces are great and presented really well - besides fighting the sun glare on everything or barely any light as it's all by daylight (can't speak for nighttime). Spend all day here and longer. Ticket needs to allow reentry as you want to walk outside for fresh air after a while due to it's hot inside and people everywhere start to annoy you, also might want a break of some form. Late afternoon is less busy.

  • B.W. Posen

    - 25 August 2018 -

    The State Hermitage Museum may be the world's most impressive museum. The sheer size and quality of the exhibits, as well as the beauty and intricacy of the building itself is overwhelming. Deserves 5+ stars. Good idea to give yourself lots of time, you can easily spend a full day of rushing through and still not see half of it. Notable exhibits include the throne room, golden carriages, huge marble pieces and other literal pieces of history.

  • Daniel Petukhin

    - 24 August 2018 -

    Easily, one of the greatest museums of the world! There's so much to see, everyone will find something to his\her liking. Moreover, anyone will discover something new they didn't know they liked :) One thing is sure, you will need way more than one visit to go over most of the exhibitions there. Oh, and mind the exhibition halls, for they are exhibits as well :) * Better buy the tickets online to avoid long queue ** The Hermitage is not just the winter palace *** Exhibitions vary from time to time, as there's a lot more locked away than what's on display

  • thomas rodrian

    - 24 August 2018 -

    The Hermitage Museum has the largest collect I have ever seen. I went to see their impressionist collection and was really excited to see Russian master artist’s works like the clock tree. Our visit to the Heritage Museum was so much fun and well worth the effort. Wheelchair users: You should also always call ahead to find out if there is wheelchair access to bars, clubs, museums, and restaurants. In most cases the answer, sadly, will be in the negative. Alternatively, assume it is inaccessible and hire a few people to lift you and your chair up the stairs, and then be sure to pay very generously for the assistance.

  • Ritu Samanta

    - 14 August 2018 -

    This is an amazing place with work from artists all over the world. Someone with an interest in museum and art should definitely book a 2 day entry online, prior to the visit as only a day wouldn't be enough if you want to see it all. There is a cafe inside with good, slightly expensive food. There is also a museum shop inside. One needs to wear comfortable shoes as it requires a lot of walking. The staff inside the museum are helpful if you want help in getting directions inside the building. Do collect the map which is available in quite a few languages after you enter, as the inside is huge and you would need the map to mark which rooms you had completed. No need for an audio guide if you are not much keen to know every detail behind the artworks, you can just stroll and enjoy the beauty at your own pace. There is an auto ticket kiosk which is not crowded in case you want to buy tickets on the day of your visit.

  • Brad Barez

    - 10 August 2018 -

    OK I heard about this museum for many years back in the United States. But visiting this museum blew me away! This is the largest place where someone can go and see Art today in the world. I believe there’s 11 million pieces of art in this museum! Where do you start? As I walked in and buy tickets on a hot day a gentleman came up and asked if I wanted it to work? I said yes. The tour guide was amazing she is a teacher in Russia, and taught me not to worry about the art but the culture and deep history of Russia. To be able to stand next to a Rembrandt where you could touch it, but I did it, and I would never do that. Is an amazing experience. To see the fine detail in the flooring to the ceiling to the windows to all the artwork that is in this building is way too much for someone to take in in one day. If you had love, please spend at least 2 to 3 days looking at this art. Also, this museum is in a perfect location, right on the water. I will definitely be back again, And spend more time to see at least another 300 pieces of art. If I’m a Russian, I’d be very proud of this museum! I’ll definitely be back

  • Mahdi Mastery

    - 28 July 2018 -

    بزرگترین موزه ی روسیه که در کاخ تابستانی تزار واقع شده. یعنی الان کاخ شده موزه و چه موزه ای! می گویند که اگر بخواهی برای هر یک ازآثار موزه 5 دقیقه وقت صرف کنی باید 11 سال وقت صرف کنی تا موزه رو ببینید. حتمن صبح زود برید که به محض اینکه گیشه بلیط فروشی باز شد بتونید بلیط بگیرید و زیاد تو صف نمونید.بدون نقشه وارد موزه نشید که گم وگور میشید. بد نیست قبل از بازدید از موزه فیلم کشتی روسی ببینید. (russian arc)

  • Subala J K

    - 26 July 2018 -

    It can easily take you a full day to go through the entire museum. The sheer grandeur and uniqueness in which each room has been designed is worth seeing. Use a map to navigate within the museum, without which you could easily be going around in a loop. The queue for tickets is really long, you might want to get there by 10 in the morning to beat the rush.

  • Vignesh Nambiar

    - 04 July 2018 -

    A really good museum to visit. Best to get your tickets online to avoid the queues or to get there early. Wednesday and Friday are good days to go as they are open until 9. One day is not enough to see all that the museum has to offer. If you have time, get the two day pass online. The artwork and sculptures are quite spectacular. Even the architecture of the building is interesting.

  • Jayanta Karmakar

    - 01 July 2018 -

    Could not believe that its the second-largest museum in the world unless I had been to Louvre before. The vastness, grandeur, the paintings and the sculptures are really awe inspiring. It was founded in 1764 when Empress Catherine the Great acquired an impressive collection of paintings from the Berlin merchant Johann Ernst Gotzkowsky. The museum celebrates the anniversary of its founding each year on 7 December, Saint Catherine's Day. It has been open to the public since 1852. Beautifully maintained and well managed by the management. Of the six buildings in the main museum complex, five—namely the Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage, New Hermitage, and Hermitage Theatre—are open to the public. In 1991, it became known that some paintings looted by the Red Army in Germany in 1945 were held in the Hermitage. Only in October 1994 the Hermitage officially announced that it had secretly been holding a major trove of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings from German private collections. Been there in early June this year. One can easily spend the whole day appreciating its beauty tirelessly.

  • Полина

    - 24 May 2018 -

    Open untill 21:00 every Wednesday and Friday.

  • Dahn Weerachon

    - 16 May 2018 -

    Beware of something unexpected. Nothing tells u in advance about this. Poor info management.

  • Dave Milne

    - 05 April 2018 -

    The world’s 2nd largest museum. Great value but takes at least a full day. Don’t leave the upper floors of the General Staff Building to the end or you’ll need to rush past all the famous paintings.

  • Nicolò Pittoni

    - 06 March 2018 -

    probably my favorite museum in the world

  • Fd Khakpour

    - 10 February 2018 -


  • Анастасия Луговых

    - 08 December 2017 -

    Amazing place!

  • Ali Zakariyazadeh

    - 29 October 2017 -

    Iran in the hermitage museum

  • Arseny Lebedev

    - 14 October 2017 -

    This place never ends.

  • Chatty Bialeschki

    - 04 September 2017 -

    Go here even if you don't like art or museums. This building is AMAZING and there is something for everyone here.

  • Yosra Hml

    - 14 August 2017 -

    amazing place if you like can enjoy it days...

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