The State Hermitage Museum
Address: 190000, Saint-Petersburg, Palace Embankment, 34
Telephones: Answering Machine (812) 710-96-25, Background on exhibitions (812) 571-34-20, Excursions (812) 571-84-46, order special tour programs (812) 710-96-44, Press office (812) 315-77-22
Working hours: Daily from 10:30 to 18:00, except Mondays. Cashier open until 17.00

The State Hermitage Museum - one of the largest museums in the world, which occupies six buildings along the Neva embankment. The central place in this ensemble belong the Winter Palace. The museum complex also includes the east wing of the General Staff and the Menshikov Palace. In the Constantine Palace are permanent exhibitions of the Hermitage "museum of Heraldry" and "The Museum of winning." And in the territory of "Imperial Porcelain Factory," an exhibition of the Hermitage "Porcelain Museum," which opened in December 2003

The Hermitage has collected about three million monuments of culture and art of different epochs and nations - a collection of monuments of primitive culture from the Paleolithic to the Iron Age, a collection of antiquities, which includes more than 100,000 cultural relics and art of ancient Greece and ancient Rome, a collection of Western European art, showing all stages of its development from the Middle Ages to the present time, a collection of monuments of culture and art the east, and, of course, a collection of monuments of Russian art, numbering over 300,000 items.

The most popular gallery of jewelry. Fifteen hundred of jewelry "Golden Treasury" of the Scythians to the masterpieces of gold jewelry East XVI - XIX centuries, attract visitors like a magnet. The fair sex long freeze on amazing pendants, pearls and colored gemstones in the halls, "Diamond larder." If we do not try and hold in your hand, so at least amuse view.

Men are more interested in the Arsenal and the exposure of numismatics. Arsenal has a collection of over 15,000 items of Russian, Western European and Oriental weapons. A variety of daggers, sabers, swords, shields, armor parts, pistols and rifles for a long time to engage the attention of a strong half wandering through the Hermitage of the public and awaken in her usually dormant desire to perform some feat. The collection includes ancient Hermitage, eastern, western and Russian coins, commemorative and award medals, decorations, gratuities signs, badges, and printing.

After reaching the screen "The Da Vinci Code" in the Hermitage of all the cities and villages rapid flow knocked Dan Brown fans to see the exposed there Leonardo "Madonna with a Flower" and "Madonna Litta". And all because of the Hermitage - the only museum in Russia, which has paintings of Leonardo da Vinci.

"All for you ..." The Hermitage
Address: 190000, Saint-Petersburg, Palace Embankment, 34
Telephones: Answering Machine (812) 710-96-25, Background on exhibitions (812) 571-34-20, Excursions (812) 571-84-46, order special tour programs (812) 710-96-44, Press office (812) 315-77-22
Working hours: Daily from 10:30 to 18:00, except Mondays. Cashier open until 17.00

The State Hermitage Museum - the most advanced museum in Russia in terms of the museum service. For those who decided to visit the Hermitage itself, but not in the group of tourists, tour desk can arrange the Hermitage tour of the museum, a tour of the gallery of jewelry, or the Winter Palace of Peter I. For foreigners, there are guided tours in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Particularly discerning visitors are offered special programs, thoughtful and organized according to their wishes. Many special programs include a visit to the funds and the restoration workshop, a program of "White Nights in St. Petersburg" - a concert of classical music.

For those wishing to learn more about works of art from the museum collection at the Hermitage equipped Training Centre where visitors for self-study offers several online courses, accompanied by high quality images.

If you can not sort out the itinerary - at your service information and reference kiosks installed at key venues. With the help of these virtual guides, you can choose the best route for themselves on exposures and immediately get a printout of it. In addition, you can get current information about temporary exhibitions, information about nearby exhibits and customer service.

Prolonged contact with high art makes people have different reactions. Someone admiring especially liked a painting or a statue, thinks, "Oh, I wish me a home!" And someone, walk a couple of hours through the halls, begins to think about what it would be good a good snack. Both are able to satisfy his desires without ever leaving the Hermitage.

For those willing to part with their money in exchange for a highly artistic addition to home interior and colorful album in the Hermitage museum shops are product and book stalls. Among their products - copies of original items from the museum collection, art prints on fabrics, art glass, porcelain, ceramics, exhibition catalogs, albums devoted to the Hermitage and St. Petersburg, jewelry and more.

There hungry cafe "Hermitage," located in the Gallery of Rastrelli. For highly demanding and extremely hungry connoisseurs in the East Wing of the General Staff, there are a Hermitage restaurant. But go there only makes sense if you have in your pocket not only rings but also rustles.

If the impression of walking through the halls of the Hermitage overwhelm you so much that I want to immediately share them with others, which is currently nowhere near there - you can go to which is on the same Rastrelli Gallery of Internet cafes to send and fellow e-mail or postcard with a picture one of the masterpieces on display in the museum.

If you suddenly find that as a result of a short walk seemed a museum shop and internet cafe you run out of cash - do not panic. The Hermitage has ATMs and currency exchange, they are located in the Winter Palace - the main lobby and the lobby entrance of the Commandant.