The State Hermitage  is a museum of art and culture in Saint Petersburg, Russia. One of the largest and oldest museums of the world, it was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great  and open to the public since 1852. Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise nearly 3 million items, including the largest collection of paintings in the world.

Exterior of the Hermitage is a museum of art and
Exterior of the Hermitage is a museum of art and culture in ...
Exterior of the Hermitage is a museum of art and
Exterior of the Hermitage is a museum of art and culture in ...
Exterior of the Hermitage is a museum of art and
Exterior of the Hermitage is a museum of art and culture in ...
Entry to the Hermitage is through the central courtyard.
Entry to the Hermitage is through the central courtyard....
Hermitage Palace Square--Alexander I of Russia envisaged the square as
Hermitage Palace Square--Alexander I of Russia envisaged the...
Hermitage Palace Square--atop the bow-shaped Empire-style Building of the General
Hermitage Palace Square--atop the bow-shaped Empire-style Bu...
Hermitage Palace Square--Alexander I of Russia envisaged the square as
Hermitage Palace Square--Alexander I of Russia envisaged the...
Hermitage Palace Square--the Alexander Column (1830-34), designed by Auguste de
Hermitage Palace Square--the Alexander Column (1830-34), des...
Hermitage Palace Square--the bow-shaped Empire-style Building of the General Staff
Hermitage Palace Square--the bow-shaped Empire-style Buildin...
The Neva is a river in northwestern Russia flowing
The Neva is a river in northwestern Russia flowing from Lake...
Looking across the Neva River to the navigation columns
Looking across the Neva River to the navigation columns...
Museums of anthropology (L) and zoology (R)  across the
Museums of anthropology (L) and zoology (R) across the Dvor...
A ship (?) in the Neva River
A ship (?) in the Neva River...
The original Admiralty was one of the first structures to
The original Admiralty was one of the first structures to be...
Outside the Hermitage are period carriages and characters for tourists.
Outside the Hermitage are period carriages and characters fo...
Outside the Hermitage are period carriages and characters for tourists.
Outside the Hermitage are period carriages and characters fo...
Outside the Hermitage are period carriages and characters for tourists.
Outside the Hermitage are period carriages and characters fo...
Inside the Hermitage--grand staircase
Inside the Hermitage--grand staircase...
Inside the Hermitage--ornate European ideas
Inside the Hermitage--ornate European ideas...
Inside the Hermitage--elaborate coffered ceilings
Inside the Hermitage--elaborate coffered ceilings...
Inside the Hermitage--one of the largest and oldest museums of
Inside the Hermitage--one of the largest and oldest museums ...
Inside the Hermitage--The Czar's library
Inside the Hermitage--The Czar's library...
One of countless works of great art in the Hermitage
One of countless works of great art in the Hermitage...
One of countless works of great art in the Hermitage
One of countless works of great art in the Hermitage...
Statue of Fran????ois-Marie Arouet (Voltaire)--he was an influential friend of
Statue of Fran????ois-Marie Arouet (Voltaire)--he was an inf...
Bust of Catherine the Great--Catherine II, 1729-1796. Under her direct
Bust of Catherine the Great--Catherine II, 1729-1796. Under ...
Organ made for Catherine; she was a lover of great
Organ made for Catherine; she was a lover of great music....
In the Hermitage are many copies of Classical and Hellenistic
In the Hermitage are many copies of Classical and Hellenisti...
Typical plaster carvings in the museum
Typical plaster carvings in the museum...
The Gold Room
The Gold Room...
The Gold Room
The Gold Room...
Door detail with gemstone knob
Door detail with gemstone knob...
Porcelain pieces in the window overlooking the courtyard
Porcelain pieces in the window overlooking the courtyard...
Exterior neo-classic theme detail
Exterior neo-classic theme detail...
Magnificent parquet floors throughout the museum
Magnificent parquet floors throughout the museum...
Cupid sculpture
Cupid sculpture...
Cupid sculpture
Cupid sculpture...
Us in the throne room
Us in the throne room...
Throne of the Czar
Throne of the Czar...
MIlitary banners and arms
MIlitary banners and arms...
Another throne room
Another throne room...
Copy of Grecian antiquity: Ganymede In Greek mythology, Ganymede is a
Copy of Grecian antiquity: Ganymede In Greek mythology, Gany...
Side view of copy of Grecian antiquity: Ganymede In Greek mythology,
Side view of copy of Grecian antiquity: Ganymede In Greek my...
Ornate straircase
Ornate straircase...
Huge jade urn
Huge jade urn...
Detail of floor mosaic
Detail of floor mosaic...
The famous peacock clock http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/html_En/12/2006/hm12_1_22.html
The famous peacock clock http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/html...
The famous ornate peacock clock http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/html_En/12/2006/hm12_1_22.html
The famous ornate peacock clock http://www.hermitagemuseum.o...
Crystal chandeliers
Crystal chandeliers...
Greek urn details of sexuality
Greek urn details of sexuality...
Greek urn detail
Greek urn detail...
Greek urn detail of wrestlers
Greek urn detail of wrestlers...
Greek urn detail
Greek urn detail...
Antiquities room
Antiquities room...
Door detail
Door detail...
Elegant statuary hall
Elegant statuary hall...
Statue detail
Statue detail...
Classic statuary
Classic statuary...
Classic statue
Classic statue...
Statue detail of a kouros (youth)
Statue detail of a kouros (youth)...
Great statue of Zeus--bronze and marble
Great statue of Zeus--bronze and marble...
Great statue of Zeus--bronze and marble
Great statue of Zeus--bronze and marble...
Statue of Dionysus
Statue of Dionysus...
Unique beautiful column adornment statues
Unique beautiful column adornment statues...
Unique beautiful column adornment statues
Unique beautiful column adornment statues...
Sarcophagus of a noble couple
Sarcophagus of a noble couple...
There are hundreds of rooms with exhibits displaying  some of
There are hundreds of rooms with exhibits displaying some o...
There are hundreds of rooms with exhibits displaying  some of
There are hundreds of rooms with exhibits displaying some o...
Each room has a unique parquet floor pattern
Each room has a unique parquet floor pattern...
One of countless chandeliers
One of countless chandeliers...
One of countless chandeliers
One of countless chandeliers...
Each room has a unique parquet floor pattern
Each room has a unique parquet floor pattern...
Extremely ornate ceiling and walls
Extremely ornate ceiling and walls...
Elaborate metal and wood inlay table top
Elaborate metal and wood inlay table top...
Blue glass pitchers
Blue glass pitchers...
There are hundreds of rooms with exhibits displaying  some of
There are hundreds of rooms with exhibits displaying some o...
Special exhibit of Rembrandt
Special exhibit of Rembrandt...
Packing items for shipping
Packing items for shipping...
Ancient abyssinian lion
Ancient abyssinian lion...
More chandeliers and parquet floors
More chandeliers and parquet floors...
Royal portrait gallery in the museum
Royal portrait gallery in the museum...
Pitiful image of a chained bear used for soliciting money
Pitiful image of a chained bear used for soliciting money fr...