Address: 32–38, Dvortsovaya embankment, metro station - Admiraltejskaya
Time of working: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday-Sunday - 10:30-18:30; Wednesday and Friday – 10:30-21:00; closed on Monday
The Hermitage is considered to have been founded in 1764, when Empress Catherine the Great acquired an impressive collection of works from the Berlin merchant Johann Ernst Gotzkowsky. The museum celebrates the anniversary of its founding each year on 7 December, St. Catherine’s Day. The collection of the State Hermitage includes over 3 million works of art and world culture artefacts. It contains paintings, graphic works, sculptures, works of applied art, archaeological artefacts and numismatic objects. In Hermitage there are collections of artefacts of Antiquity, archaeological artefacts of Eastern Europe and Siberia, collections of the Museum of the Imperial Porcelain Factory, collections of Treasure Gallery, collections of European Applied Art, of European Fine Art, of Numismatics, of Oriental Art, of Russian Art and Culture and of the Collection of the Arsenal.