The State Hermitage Museum
Revel in the World of Antique Romance and Art at the The State Hermitage Museum of Russia
1. Egyptian Antiquities
The enormous Egyptian collection of antiquities and art of The State Hermitage Museum dates way back to the year 1852 and includes the Castiglione Collection, a rather modest assemblage of Mesopotamian artwork, some Assyrian relics from Nimrud, Babylon and Dur-Sharrukin and more. The Egyptian Antiquities section serves as a passageway to the section of Classical Antiquities exhibits.
2. Classical Antiquities
The enormous collected works of classical antiquities features an impressive assortment of Greek works and artifacts dated between the third millennium and the fifth century BC, antiquated Greek pottery art, relics from the Greek colonies of northern Pontic region, Hellenistic works, jewelry and sculture, engraved gems and incredibly renowned cameos like the celebrated Gonzanga cameo. This section also features exhibits of Italian art dated between the ninth century and the second, sculpture of bronze and Roman marble, applied art dated between the first and the fourth centuries that includes imitations of Hellenistic and Classical Greek sculpted works of art. A major tourist attraction of this section is the Tauride Venus, an ancient Greek masterpiece.
3. Jewelry And Decorative Art
This is a dramatically spectacular exhibit that attracts millions of tourists from all over the world. This section features western jewelry art that is dated between the fourth millennium BC and early twentieth century AD, jewelry that hails from Asia, Caucasus region and the Pontic Steppes especially Sarmatian and Scythian gold. The major highlight of this section is the golden peacock clock that belongs to the 18th century and presents an absolutely dazzling view for the visitors. The Jewelry and Decorative Art galleries also exhibit twelfth to fifteenth century applied art and fine art of the sixteenth century.
4. Italian Renaissance
The Italian Renaissance section of The State Hermitage Museum features exhibits and the masterpiece art works of artists of the Italian Renaissance like the Madonna Litta, Benois Madonna, Veronese, Titian and Giorgione of Leonardo Da Vinci and more tapestry, majolica, sculpture and paintings from Italy dated between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and that includes the Conestabile Madonna, replica of the Apostolic Palace and several more brilliant ancient works of art.
5. Prehistoric Art
This exhibit of The State Hermitage Museum features the collected works of prehistoric art, culture and artifacts of the Caucasian region that date way back to the Iron Age and Paleolithic Age.The major tourist attraction of this section is the exhibit of the celebrated collections of cultural relics and art works of the nomadic tribal culture once prevalent in the Bashadar, Pazryk and Altai sites, which includes the most ancient knotted carpet, a wooden chariot that dates back to the late 3 rd century BC, a wealthy assemblage of Urarty relics from Armenia and many more.
6. Knightís Hall
This is fashioned after the Greek style of revivalism with a huge collection of coins on display, West European armory and arms dated between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries and a major portion of the collection of the Hermitage Arsenal. The Knightís Hall also features marble sculptures of the neoclassical style of Antonio Canova, besides Russian lapidary art works and European sculpture of the 19th century.
How to Get Tickets?
The State Hermitage Museum tickets are available right here in this website. They are available at the entrance of the museum as well but it is preferable to buy them online in order to avoid standing in long queues under the sun.
How To Get Around?
The State Hermitage Museum is well connected with ample bus and taxi service from the cruise terminal and the city center to museum
What Should I Wear?
Wear according to the kind of weather that prevails there at the time of your visit. Itís recommended to not to wear anything too garish. If you are visiting in the winter then cover yourself up with as many warm layers as you can. A tshirt and skirt would suit just fine for summer tours to the museum.
Best Time to Visit
The best time of the year to visit The State Hermitage Museum is when the weather is comfortably warm, that is during the summer months between May and September.
Will I Need a Guide?
You do not need a guide. Transportation is easy and all the required information is provided on this website.
How To Get There?
Fast and efficient train service connects St. Petersburg to Moscow, the capital of Russia. It takes only 4 hours by the Sapsan Express to travel from Moscow to St. Petersburg while the other trains take about 8 hours. There is bus, boat and flight service as well that will connect you to St. Petersburg with every important city of Russia.