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State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace

Dvortsovaya Square, 2, St. Petersburg 190000 , Russia
+7 (812) 710-90-79
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Ranked #5 of 1,032 Attractions in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Museums, Art Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: One of the most famous art museums in the world, this museum is housed in the Winter Palace, and contains over 2.7 million exhibits including some of... more » Owner description: One of the most famous art museums in the world, this museum is housed in the Winter Palace, and contains over 2.7 million exhibits including some of the world's greatest works of art. « less
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Fort Saskatchewan, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

It is huge, and somewhat intimidating, but full of beautiful paintings, sculptures, and memorabilia of all kinds. If I had not been on a tour, I would not have known where to start, or what to see. Solo travelers need to research before visiting, and focus the visit on areas most personally meaningful.

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Kitchener, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This is an incredible museum filled with amazing art and historical pieces. Unfortunately the fact that it is just too crowded to see and appreciate what is there is disappointing. You could spend many hours and even days but the throngs just make you want to get out.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This place is so huge that our 2 hour tour only touched on the most visited areas including Winter Palace. The work of art and tapestry were priceless. Go in the morning if possible, no a/c and not as crowded.

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Stockholm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Wonderful musem and we had a great guide that really helped us through the whole palace in a good way.

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

Be aware that this museum is totally overcrowded, to the extent of being claustrophibic, due to the huge crowds and large tour groups which dominate everything but the ground floor. I was frequently prodded and elbowed by overeager tourists needing to photograph everything they saw. The Hermitage really needs to regulate the number of people coming in, particularly tour groups.... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

like it so much history there remember pay extra for photo pass there are little old lady's station inside parts of museum watching you for wrongful photos, if there in winter were a t shirt because is so hot in there leave coats jackets at cloak room now is a room got to see

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Hermitage is a huge museum - with many rooms restored to Tsarist levels of "well over the top" opulence. Recommend a guided tour of the gold or diamond treasure collections. The exterior of the buildings have been restored to near-new condition, and are as impressive as any we have seen in London or Paris.

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Haifa, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This is my second visit here. The collection is vast and very rich. Try to divide your visit to several (2-3) days, and see a different part each day. Use the audio guide! Very informative most of the times. Also, use the help of the staff. They are quite friendly and helpful. I loved the 19th-20th French century collection, the... More

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tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

To be fair, this is a phenomenal museum. Unfortunately, I went there on a shore excursion, actually several, and it is too massive to appreciate in the short time shore excursions spend in the museum. Unfortunately, every shore excursion in St. Petersburg made at least one stop at the Hermitage. Even with the extra stops, I saw only 1% of... More

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Milano
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

In the Winter Palace, the Stairway and the Palace rooms facing the Neva river on the first floor are not to miss. It is a huge museum with collections of art from several different countries and historical periods. Remarkable paintings from 15-16th century Italian and Dutch artists, and many Impressionists on the second floor: Renoir, Monet, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Matisse...

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