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“Hermitage Winter Palace”

State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace
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Ranked #2 of 1,819 things to do in St. Petersburg
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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 the world's greatest works of art.
Reviewed September 2, 2013

Total chaos. In disrepair, no humidity control, wood windows rotting, no organization to seeing everything, easy to get lost, ticket buying online was no advantage, as the gal was not there and the others disliked you going ahead of them when they had waited for a long time. Much of the art was gone - I hope to other controlled museums.

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Reviewed September 2, 2013

Too many huge tour parties. We will go again but another time of year. It was hard to see some of the famous art works as people were so crowded in taking photos. The museum was far too crowded and hot.

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Reviewed September 1, 2013

Had heard about this museum but was not prepared for the beauty and the amount of arts. We liked all the arts but disliked the waiting time. Too many people at once. Thank God our guide knew of another place to let us in.

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Reviewed September 1, 2013

It really shows a lot of good pieces and of course the large Matisse collection that my wife loves. Bought some nice gifts at shop they have some good pieces. More information in English would be nice. Get your tickets via the museum web site to avoid the large lines at the museum

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Reviewed September 1, 2013

Of course if you are visiting St Petersburg for the first time the Hermitage is likely to be on your 'to do' list indeed it should be. A huge art gallery housed in a magnificent building steeped in history really should not be missed. Just blindly pitching up at the door and going with the flow does not mean it is impossible to appreciate (it's what we did) but a few tips will help you make the most of it. Firstly, don't expect to see everything. The collection is enormous with, for example, two or three galleries devoted exclusively to Madonna and Child paintings. Do a bit of research and target what you want to see or pick a few galleries at random rather than plan to do the lot.

As for tickets, if you haven't got them online beforehand, and it is probably a good idea if you do, use the automatic machines to skip the line for the ticket office. We waited twenty minutes in a reasonably short queue to get served in an attempt to take advantage of a student discount, unsuccessfully as it turned out due to lack of documentation.

If you want to take photos you should pay 200 roubles (GBP4) for a permit. They give you a sticker to wear but everyone seemed to be snapping away, sticker or not.

As you leave there is a little post office which is a great place to pick up stamps at face value. A 25 rouble stamp is required for international postcards.

For us, the best artwork there was the building itself and it is a bit of a shame that more isn't made of its history of the building and the events witnessed within its walls. There are a few rooms in the western wing that make reference to the Romanovs and the library appears to be authentic but the majority of the building is purely there to display artworks. There are beautifully painted ceilings, marbled staircases, some impressive chandeliers and suchlike but it would have been nice had more rooms been fully restored to their imperial splendour. That being said you will still be able to say you have followed in the Tsar's footsteps and at 400 roubles (GBP 8) a ticket you can't really complain about that.

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