Hermitage Museum

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St. Petersburg Hermitage: Top 5 tour highlights

The Hermitage is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world. Its collection is an unparalleled showcase of Russian culture and history as well as the country’s commitment to global art collecting. Don’t get lost figuring out what to see!

  • The Jordan Staircase of the Winter Palace

    1. The Jordan Staircase of the Winter Palace

    This room is one of the few in original 18th-century style. The Duchess of Sutherland wrote, “I have never in my life seen so brilliant a sight,” and, frankly, neither have we.

  • The Hermitage St. Petersburg Gold Room

    2. The Hermitage St. Petersburg Gold Room

    The Hermitage’s claim to fame is the greatest global collection of Scythian gold. You’ll barely be able to pay attention to the guide when you see these Ancient Greek treasures.

  • The Hermitage St. Petersburg Diamond Room

    3. The Hermitage St. Petersburg Diamond Room

    Who knew that Faberge made more than Easter eggs? Find an extensive collection as well as precious historic gems that were gifts to the Russian court.

  • The Museum of Guards

    4. The Museum of Guards

    Discover the history of Russia’s militia housed in the stunning neoclassical General Staffing Building.

  • Neoclassical, Impressionist and Modern Collection

    5. Neoclassical, Impressionist and Modern Collection

    The Hermitage’s collection of Eastern ancient and modern art is impressive, but its Western collection really shines—see works by Renoir, Monet, Van Gough, Degas and Picasso.

Planning Your Visit

  • Visiting the Treasuries

    Both the Gold Room and the Diamond Room are only available with a tour. Purchasing tickets when you buy your day pass at the entrance in the Winter Palace is an option—if any tickets are still available. Unlike the entrance tickets, these ones aren’t sold online. Arrive first thing in the morning or call a number listed on the website as soon as possible.

  • No Reentry

    Unfortunately, you cannot exit and reenter the building. With so much to see, plan for a meal before arriving and light fare or a pastry at the Hermitage café.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10:30AM to 6:00PM, Wednesday 10:30AM to 9:00PM, closed Mondays.
  • Is it expensive?
    Limited-entry adult tickets start at just 300 RUB (about $5) and continue upwards depending on tours and perks.
  • Will I need a guide?
    With so much to see in the museum, a guide is a great addition to any visit.
  • How to get there
    Metro to the Admiralteyskaya, Nevsky Prospekt or Gostiny Dvor station, bus 7, 10, 24, 191, or trolley 1, 7, 10 or 11.
  • Additional information

    • The museum offers free entry the first Thursday of every month for all individual visitors.

What people are saying about Hermitage Museum

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 3,603 reviews

I booked this tour to make sure we got to see the items of interest at the Hermitage. We were lucky, that as it was February, there were only 2 of us on the tour. Our guide, Olga, was friendly, knowledgable and obviously had a passion for art. We learnt a lot on the tour about the history of St. Petersburg, the history of the Hermitage and about the items on display. We are looking forward to our next tour with Olga as our guide.

Our family can strongly recommend Wilson tour . Booked a tour to Hermitage in advanced lasting 3h . No other participants so we had our own private guide Valeria Feodorova for ourselves. Perfect ! Valeria was professional and have a lot of knowledge that she shared with us. We had a good tour . I think it's wise to explore the Hermitage museum with a good tour guide . Nice experience overall when in St.Petersburg.

This was the most beautiful experience I’ve ever had regarding museums visiting! Hermitage is a MUST on your wishlist and definitely this experience wouldn’t have been the same without Olga, who explained us every detail, secret, story, legend about all the beauties inside the museum. I strongly recommend this tour!

Our guide Andy was absolute treasure . Knowedge fun accommodating -you should be very proud of people like him. He made our day . Amazing performance -the best (top) we have experienced in Ermitage. Thank you

A fabulous tour that covered all the main attractions. Our guide Stan was incredibly knowledgeable and looked after us extremely well. We would highly recommend the tour and Stan in particular.