The art collection of the Hermitage Museum

The Hermitage Museum in Sankt Petersburg

The Hermitage Museum in Sankt Petersburg ©Quiltsalad/Flick

The Hermitage Museum in one of the most famous museums in the world and one of the most important tourist attraction in Sankt Petersburg. The museum was founded by Catherine the Great in the second half of the 18th century when she bought 200 paintings from an art dealer and it was located in the Winter palace. The collection was growing quickly and occupied other palaces in Sankt Petersburg as well.

Today the permanent art collection of the Hermitage Museum includes approximately 3 million works of art covering a period of time from Palaeolithic until the contemporary period.

 

The museum is so large that it is impossible for tourists to see all the galleries during a single visit, but fortunately there are tickets available for several days.

The art galleries of the museum

Among the galleries of the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg you will find works of Prehistoric art, Antique art, art of the Ancient Egypt, West European art (an impressive  ollection of Italian, Flemish, Dutch, Spanish and French paintings), coins, Oriental Art and Russian Art.

Art of the ancient Egypt in the Hermitage Museum

Art of the ancient Egypt in the Hermitage Museum ©colros/Flick

There are some outstanding masterpieces between the art galleries of the Hermitage dedicated to Antiquity such as a statue of Aphrodite from Greece dating from the 2nd century and an engraved gem from the Hellenistic period called the Gonzaga Medallion. The collection of paintings includes works that belongs to artists as Rubens, Van Dyck, Rembrandt, Carravagio, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael.

Among the most important exhibits of the Hermitage we have to mention the Golden Deer of Eurasia from the 7th century BC, belonging to the Scythians civilisation and the hundreds of artifacts from the time of Peter the Great. You shouldn’t miss the huge cup from the 19th century called Kolyvan, which weighs 19 tons and is called the ‘Tsarina of the vases’. The exhibits of the Impressionist art collection is also an other popular collection among tourists, where you can admire the works of great artists such as Monet and Renoir.

The Tsarina of the vases in the Hermitage Museum

The Tsarina of the vases in the Hermitage Museum ©colros/Flick

Useful information for visiting the Hermitage Museum

The Hermitage Museum is located at the address: 2, Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Square Dvortsovaya) 190000, St. Petersburg. In can be reached by subway ( “Griboyedova Kanal”, “Nevsky Prospekt”, “Gostiny Dvor”), trolley: (1, 7, 10, 11) by bus (7, 10, 24) and the 187 express bus. The ticket is aproximatively 600 rubles (about 20 USD) for one day and 800 rubles for two consecutive days. The admission is free on the first Thursday of each month. The Hermitage Museum is opened every day from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm, on Sundays is opened until 5:00 pm and it is closed on Mondays.

The Hermitage Museum in Sankt Petersburg

The Hermitage Museum in Sankt Petersburg ©Quiltsalad/Flick

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