Address: Dvortsovaya Naberezhnaya, 34
The State Hermitage occupies six magnificent buildings situated along the embankment of the River Neva, right in the heart of St Petersburg. The leading role in this unique architectural ensemble is played by the Winter Palace, the residence of the Russian tsars that was built to the design of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli in 1754-62. This ensemble, formed in the 18th and 19th centuries, is extended by the eastern wing of the General Staff building, the Menshikov Palace and the recently constructed Repository. Put together throughout two centuries and a half, the Hermitage collections of works of art (over 3,000,000 items) present the development of the world culture and art from the Stone Age to the 20th century.
Federal Cultural Institution "The State Hermitage"
The State Hermitage
Dvortsovaya Naberezhnaya, 34
190000 St Petersburg, Russia
Mikhail Borisovich Piotrovsky
About the collection
The collection contains around 3 million exhibit items, including:
works of graphic art
works of applied art
other exhibit items
Creation of the museum
The museum was founded in 1764 when Empress Catherine the Great purchased a collection of Flemish and Dutch paintings (225) from the Berlin merchant Johann Ernest Gotzkowski.
The museum's storerooms, exhibitions, departments and services are housed in 10 buildings, 7 of which are monuments of 18th- and 19th-century Russian culture.
The following exhibitions are open to visitors:
Main Museum Complex
Palace Square, 2
Winter Palace of Peter the Great
Dvortsovaya Naberezhnaya, 32
Universitetskaya Naberezhnaya, 15
Museum of Porcelain
Prospekt Obukhovskoi Oborony, 151
Storage Facility of the State Hermitage in Staraya Derevnya
Zausadebnaya Street, 37A