Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia
The Hermitage museum is one of the greatest museums in the world like Prado, Louvre, or National Gallery. The origin of this great museum go back to early 18th century, but the official foundation date is 1764 when a large collection was acquired in Europe and placed in the Winter Palace the winter residence of Russian tsars. Until the middle of the 19th century the Hermitage held the private collection of the tsars and few outsiders had access to it. During the last 50 years the collection has been more than tripled, and now consists of well over 2 million items. It occupies more than a thousand rooms and halls, and spreads through 4 different buildings. The Hermitage museum collection consists of 6 departments: Russian culture from the 7th to 20th century. Prehistoric culture. Oriental culture and art. Antique culture and art of Greece and ancient Rome , West European Art, Russian and foreign medals, badges and decorations.
Open: 10.30 - 17.00, SUN till 16.00. Closed on MON.