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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

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

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

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

The Museum of Guards

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

Neoclassical, Impressionist and Modern Collection

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.

Our insider tips

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
4.8 / 5
based on 1 956 reviews

Great 2 days with the most amazing guide Masha!

The activity was exactly as decribe, our guide was exceptionnal and the price was good for two days. We were on a cruise, no problem to meet our guide after the customs. We were only two and still the tour was not cancel. We strongly recommand, our tour was in french with Masha (Maria). Thank you to Masha, you made our visit in Saint-Petersburg memorable.

Saint Petersburg Two-Day Shore Excursion Reviewed by

So glad we got the guided tour of The Hermitage.

Our guide Tim was wonderful. He navigated the building with much grace and poise. He was courteous and assisted other people that were not even part of our tour. His commentary on the history, art and architecture was very informative. He told little jokes along the way. We all had an ear phone and audio box to hear everything very clearly. We skipped the line at the beginning and could not believe how many people were already waiting. For your first time going to the Hermitage make sure you pay the extra for this tour.

St. Petersburg: Skip-the-Line Hermitage Tour Reviewed by

An excellent tour of Ermitage. Our guide Elena is a very nice person.

The Ermitage is fantastic, but if you plan to visit it in one day you definitely need a guide to touch essential things and not to get lost in the immense building. Our guide has managed to provide us an excellent tour, always interesting and involving, using a fluent italian, with a rich vocabulary. She's been also a very nice person, answering all our questions. We definitely recommend the Adventure Travel and its guides. Last, but not the least, 'skip the line' is a very true advertisement. There was a huge line, even for guided groups, but our guide managed to make us slip through in a minute (maybe since we were only four people).

St. Petersburg: Hermitage Museum Guided Tour Reviewed by

Amazing guide - very interesting and complete information

Katia was a great guide with lots of information and culture. The 3 hours we spent with her went by in a flash. Loved it and recommend it

St. Petersburg: Skip-the-Line Hermitage Tour Reviewed by

Anya is a very good and knowledgeable guide

Good explanation of Hermitage building and of the highlights of the paintings. Super tour!

St. Petersburg: Skip-the-Line Hermitage Tour Reviewed by

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