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  • St. Petersburg: Hermitage Museum Self-Guided Tour & Tickets

    1. St. Petersburg: Hermitage Museum Self-Guided Tour & Tickets

    Use your self-guided audio tour to discover the main chambers and the most famous works of art at the Hermitage Museum. See the living quarters of the imperial family, the Pavilion Hall with the Peacock Clock, and the Malachite drawing-room. Climb the Grand Staircase made of white marble and explore a vast collection of artwork from across Europe. Ranging from prehistoric crafts to works of modern art, use your audio-guide to learn more about the extensive collections on display. The self-guided tour is designed for 1.5-2 hours, but you can stay in the Hermitage Museum for as long as you wish to discover even more beautiful interiors and unique exhibits.

  • St. Petersburg: Skip-the-Line Hermitage Tour

    2. St. Petersburg: Skip-the-Line Hermitage Tour

    The State Hermitage Museum ranks with the Louvre, Prado, and Metropolitan Museum of Art as one of the world's most important and richest art galleries. Explore the museum and learn more about its founding and collections during a 3-hour guided tour in St. Petersburg. Starting with 225 paintings purchased in 1764 by Catherine the Great, the museum collection now comprises more than 3 million objects and works of art. Raphael and Leonardo's "Madonna", Titian's "St. Sebastian", and Rembrandt's "Return of the Prodigal Son", as well as "The Golden Peacock" by James Cox and "Crouching Boy" by Michelangelo are just a few of the superb works of Western European art in the Hermitage. Treasures and artifacts from almost every culture known to man are housed in the museum, including the unique collection of Greek jewelry from the Black Sea region, Scythian gold, ancient Egyptian sculptures, Irani...

    I would highly recommend using Get a Guide when visiting the Hermitage museum, particularly now with the covid protocols in place & numbers of tourists being allowed access into the Hermitage controlled & the routes to choose from. Our guide Tim was very knowledgable & an expert in his field. Before starting out tour he gave us some interesting background & history of the Winter Palace, Alexander Column & the General Staff Building. During our tour of the Hermitage Tim’s talked us through each room, highlighting important details & pointing interesting things to see, which if we were not on a guided tour would be missed, for example how the ceilings & inlaid floors mirror each other in the Throne Room. His art knowledge is vey good & he shared insights into the artists techniques, styles & what to look for in the paintings, which was very interesting.

  • St. Petersburg: Hermitage Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

    3. St. Petersburg: Hermitage Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

    Meet your guide at the Alexander Column in Palace Square. Skip the long lines and enter the museum right away. Once inside, learn about the development of art and culture in the west and east from pre-historic times to the present day. Admire remarkable collections of paintings, prints, and sculptures as well as tapestries, carpets, ornaments, furniture, and jewelry. Gain fascinating insight into these artworks from your knowledgable guide. Starting with 225 paintings purchased in 1764 by Catherine the Great, the museum collection now comprises more than 3 million objects and works of art. Treasures and artifacts from almost every culture known to man are housed in the museum, including the unique collection of Greek jewelry from the Black Sea region, Scythian gold, ancient Egyptian sculptures, Iranian silverware, Chinese manuscripts, Russian icons, and Byzantine applied art. Choose th...

    My gude Oxana was brilliant. She explained the symbols in the paintings and unusual stories and made the whole tour very enjoyable and memorable.

  • St. Petersburg: 3-Hour Hermitage Skip-the-Line Private Tour

    4. St. Petersburg: 3-Hour Hermitage Skip-the-Line Private Tour

    Discover the collections of the world's second-largest museum, the Hermitage, as well as the Winter Palace with an expert guide who will easily navigate you around the iconic collections and masterpieces so that you will not feel overwhelmed by the enormousness. Meet your guide and enter the Hermitage through a separate entrance with skip-the-line entry and begin your 3-hour guided tour of the complex. With the help of your knowledgeable guide, you can be sure you won't miss any of the highlights. Visit the Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage, and New Hermitage buildings and learn from your expert guide about the collections housed here.

  • St Petersburg: Hermitage Skip-the-Line Admission with a Host

    5. St Petersburg: Hermitage Skip-the-Line Admission with a Host

    Visit the Hermitage Museum on your own with an easy-to-use skip-the-line entry ticket. This service will make your visit to one of the most popular art galleries in the world completely efficient and stress-free. Even better, your pre-booked ticket with a timed entry will be delivered to you by a company representative, who will also assist you to enter the museum. They will then explain the rules of the museum, give you directions, and will assist you to get audio guides and museum maps, if requested. Once inside the museum, you are free to stay as long as it is open. Explore the fabulous, world-class collections of the Hermitage at your own pace, taking all the time you need to see each fantastic display. Only certain areas will require additional tickets, like the General Staff Building, and the Impressionists collection. But don't worry, you can add them on to your regular ticket up...

    Our guide was great, lots of history knowledge and helped us navigate through what would be of interest to us! 100% recommended taking a guide because you will definitely miss many things otherwise, plus the added advantage of having them tell you the relavent stries

  • Saint Petersburg: Top 30 City Highlights Walking Tour

    6. Saint Petersburg: Top 30 City Highlights Walking Tour

    Discover Saint Petersburg like a true local with an informative walk. Uncover the stories of the city’s past and present as you follow your guide through the historical center. Meet your guide right next to Palace Square. Learn about the main residence of the tsars of the Russian Empire and the famous State Hermitage Museum from your guide. Admire the panorama of the magnificent River Neva. Find out the main waterway of the city, its bridges and learn of the catastrophic floods the river caused the city. See the birthplace of Saint-Petersburg, the Peter and Paul Fortress, and the former city port on the Spit of Basil Island. Stop in front of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and hear about the assassination of the Tsar Alexander II. Then, continue walking along the paths of the Mikhailovsky Garden, the Fontanka River Embankment and the main street of the city, the Nevsky Pr...

  • 2-Day St. Petersburg Sightseeing Experience

    7. 2-Day St. Petersburg Sightseeing Experience

    First you will stop and see the sphinxes near the spit of Vasilevsky Island and then visit St. Peter and Paul Fortress. Experience St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, which is the first building of the ancient city of St. Petersburg. You can also visit the tombs of the Romanov dynasty in the Cathedral. Stop for lunch to rest for a bit and then continue on to your next destination. Visit the Hermitage Museum, which houses famous art collections inside beautifully-sculpted architecture. After the museum you will see The Savior on Spilled Blood, the famous church. Then you will head back to your hotel in the evening, and may participate in an optional evening program upon request (own expense). On the second day, depart for Peterhof, the summer residence of the Tsars, also known as the "Russian Versailles". Peterhof (Petrodvorets) is a jewel of Russian art, a city of parks, pala...

    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.

  • St. Petersburg: Historic Canal Cruise

    8. St. Petersburg: Historic Canal Cruise

    Enjoy a leisurely cruise down Saint Petersburg’s canals, the perfect waterways for admiring the intricate architecture of the city. Gliding down the Neva, Moika, and Fontanka Rivers, and well as the Kryukov, Griboyedov, and Winter Canals, gaze at the splendor of the old city, all the while learning about its history and secrets. Sail beneath the first stone bridge in Saint Petersburg, which has remained unchanged since the 18th century. Marvel at the magnificent Church of the Resurrection of Christ. See the spectacular golden wings of Bank Bridge Lion, all the while picking up insights into all the sights on the route from your expert guide. Walk away with a new appreciation of Russia’s most beautiful city after having experienced it from a new perspective.

  • St. Petersburg: Magical Neva Cruise at Night in Russian

    9. St. Petersburg: Magical Neva Cruise at Night in Russian

    Shadows of Russian rulers and freethinkers, poets and politicians, glorious commanders and fair ladies will accompany you on this journey. Cruiser will cross the aquatorium of Neva river where you will look upon the imperial sights of the city. After that our cruiser will take you past the symbols of the following era – you will see the legendary herald of the revolution Aurora cruiser and Nakhimov Naval School. You will see the bridges of Saint Petersburg: Palace bridge, Trinity bridge, Liteyniy bridge, Annunciation bridge, will be drawn in front of your own eyes. Throughout the journey our guide will surround you with the atmosphere of antique Saint Petersburg, its legends, mysteries and stories. Overall duration of the journey is 1 hour 30 minutes.

  • St Petersburg: From the Russian Revolution to Putin Tour

    10. St Petersburg: From the Russian Revolution to Putin Tour

    After pickup from your hotel or cruise ship by your private guide, learn the story of the October Revolution. Find out why Tsar Nicholas II renounced his throne and see the Winter Palace that was occupied by the Bolsheviks in 1917. Continue on to the cruiser Aurora and discover how the ship became fundamental to the success of the Revolution. Then, proceed to the Museum of Russian Political History in the former headquarters of Vladimir Lenin and his comrades. Visit his former office and see the famous balcony from which numerous history-changing speeches were made. Learn from your guide the foundations of the Soviet State while exploring the Museum. You will hear Stalin's voice in an old phone, handle rifles from World War II, and go inside a typical Soviet style apartment from the 1960's with fully reconstructed interiors. Finally, understand the reasons for the collapse of the Soviet...

    Elena went out of her way to show us as much as possible during our tour and was flexible in adjusting it to our needs.

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.

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What people are saying about Hermitage Museum

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 3,649 reviews

I would highly recommend using Get a Guide when visiting the Hermitage museum, particularly now with the covid protocols in place & numbers of tourists being allowed access into the Hermitage controlled & the routes to choose from. Our guide Tim was very knowledgable & an expert in his field. Before starting out tour he gave us some interesting background & history of the Winter Palace, Alexander Column & the General Staff Building. During our tour of the Hermitage Tim’s talked us through each room, highlighting important details & pointing interesting things to see, which if we were not on a guided tour would be missed, for example how the ceilings & inlaid floors mirror each other in the Throne Room. His art knowledge is vey good & he shared insights into the artists techniques, styles & what to look for in the paintings, which was very interesting.

A truly fantastic tour for history and art lovers. One can enjoy lavishly decorated staircase and rooms, precious artefacts and get immersed into a great period of Russian history while walking along the rooms with portraits. Our knowledgeable guide Lida offered us a detailed explanation both for the facts and objects including but for literally any question we posed.

Our guide was great, lots of history knowledge and helped us navigate through what would be of interest to us! 100% recommended taking a guide because you will definitely miss many things otherwise, plus the added advantage of having them tell you the relavent stries

Very comfortably. Skip the line, the recorded excursion is fun and not exhausting. The support works great, if you call and they will help you right there.

My gude Oxana was brilliant. She explained the symbols in the paintings and unusual stories and made the whole tour very enjoyable and memorable.