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Hermitage Museum Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

Visit the most excellent palaces and enjoy seeing over three million unique exhibits which can't be found anywhere else!
Professional and friendly guides
Our guides adore their work and try to give max useful and valuable information. The tours are led by the professional museum-certified guides.
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Don't worry about the number of people in the group or other circumstances. The tours are held every day in a small and friendly company.
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Would you like to know how this vast collection had appeared? Why did the communists leave the symbol of royal power? Join our tour to get answers, touch the world's heritage, and see the best artworks.
Let's admire the fantastic historical buildings which will show the wealth and the power of the Russian Empire!
What is the Hermitage and why it's worth visiting?
Along the river Neva, there are five buildings which are the complex of the Hermitage.

Europeans joked about Catherine II: "Dragging trash from around the world to her palace." But, the "trash" has become invaluable. Nowadays the palace with trash is put on a par with the most fabulous world's museums. Thus, the private collection put the beginning of the Hermitage. Catherine II conceived to create an intimate corner in the palace, intended for recreation and entertainment.

From year to year, the collection had been becoming more extensive, and Catherine II decided to build one more palace for artworks. In a year one more building appeared. And the extensions are known as "The old Hermitage."

During the reign of Nicholas I, the collection continues to replenish with rare masterpieces. In 1852 the emperor's plan to make the collection available for the public was realized. After 1917, the museum became of state property. The artworks were supplemented with the masterpieces from private owners and the nationalization of all mansions.

During the Great Patriotic War, all works of art were evacuated beyond the Urals, in the cellars was a bomb shelter. Later the exhibits were returned. Fortunately, during numerous transportations, almost all the works were preserved. Some of them needed little restoration.

Nowadays the Hermitage has topped the rating of the best museums in Europe and became the visiting card. It is difficult to single out the best compositions since most of them are truly unique. You will get acquainted with historical treasures, live past, the interiors of last centuries, all kinds of artwork, and essential objects. No one can guess what is waiting for at the next door. Compositions can be either temporary or permanent, and this is important to consider.
What is the Hermitage and why it's worth visiting?
Along the river Neva, there are five buildings which are the complex of the Hermitage.

Europeans joked about Catherine II: "Dragging trash from around the world to her palace." But, the "trash" has become invaluable. Nowadays the palace with trash is put on a par with the most fabulous world's museums. Thus, the private collection put the beginning of the Hermitage. Catherine II conceived to create an intimate corner in the palace, intended for recreation and entertainment.

From year to year, the collection had been becoming more extensive, and Catherine II decided to build one more palace for artworks. In a year one more building appeared. And the extensions are known as "The old Hermitage."

During the reign of Nicholas I, the collection continues to replenish with rare masterpieces. In 1852 the emperor's plan to make the collection available for the public was realized. After 1917, the museum became of state property. The artworks were supplemented with the masterpieces from private owners and the nationalization of all mansions.

During the Great Patriotic War, all works of art were evacuated beyond the Urals, in the cellars was a bomb shelter. Later the exhibits were returned. Fortunately, during numerous transportations, almost all the works were preserved. Some of them needed little restoration.

Nowadays the Hermitage has topped the rating of the best museums in Europe and became the visiting card. It is difficult to single out the best compositions since most of them are truly unique. You will get acquainted with historical treasures, live past, the interiors of last centuries, all kinds of artwork, and essential objects. No one can guess what is waiting for at the next door. Compositions can be either temporary or permanent, and this is important to consider.
It's a must-see place because you will:
See the pearls of art
There are about 3 million artworks inside the walls. If you want to see them all, you have to look into 350 rooms and overcome around 24 kilometers to walk through them all. And it will take about 11 years of life, spending only 1 minute per each, if you devote 8 hours daily.

But there you will have an opportunity to touch the history of the ancient world, find sarcophagi and Egyptian gods, and even the mummy. Also, there are the most remarkable works by Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, and the sculptures of other well-known artists. The most impressive thing is the collection of ancient icons.
Be in the shoes of the emperors who lived there
It is also impressive as the residence of Russian tsars. As soon as you are inside, you will understand the power of the former heads of Empire. The next room you enter is more breathtaking than the previous one.

So, the shadows of the last imperial couple appear in various places. One of the evidence of that life is an inscription on the window of the 2nd floor overlooking the Neva embankment, which the Empress Alexandra Fedorovna made with a diamond.

The main ceremonial halls have retained their original style, and you may become a part of it.
Discover exciting stories about the palace
The museum has several dozen cats, which are called "contingent employees of the Hermitage." In 1745 all cats were brought for the hunting of mice and rats to Peterburg. Catherine II gave cats the status of "guards of art galleries" and divided them into two classes - outdoor and indoor.

During the blockade, the buildings were left without this type of protection. Later cats were returned to Leningrad in whole wagons. And some animals became the keepers of the Hermitage.

Or the story about the picture behind the cabinet. In the 60s, the Dutch art historian noticed the edge of the sheet behind one of the cabinets. It turned out to be a drawing "Bacchus, Ceres, Venus and Cupid" by Hendrik Goltzius.
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Professional and friendly guides
Our guides organized more than 1000 tours in the Hermitage, and they know where to place the tourists in each room to get a good view of the pictures, despite the crowds. Also, they know how to give essential information and personal insights. The tour will not be boring even for children. We promise!
Affordable prices
Every day in the Hermitage seems to be one of the busiest days. But with us, you will skip the line despite the long line because skip-the-line entry is included. It's worth it. Book your spot and enjoy the tour.
Just small groups
We understand the difficulty of moving quickly around the museum with a large company. Therefore, we try to form small groups for maximum mobility and experience. That's why booking is required.
It's easy to find us
The meeting point is the Alexander Column (opposite the Winter Palace). We wait for our guests every day at 3 pm at this place to spend an unforgettable time in one of the most excellent museums.
Let's get deeper into the enchanting and wonderful world of interiors of the royal past, treasures, and masterpieces of art during our 3-hours tour with a certified guide.

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Hermitage Museum Tour
10000 rubles or 150 euro per person
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Adults (age 14-99)
Youth (age 5 -13)
The tour starts every day at 2 pm. Booking is required.

The tour includes:

  • 3-hours essential information about the halls, and exhibits, and life of the royal family;
  • a ticket which allows you to skip a queue of hundreds of people;
  • a licensed guide who will tell you about exhibits and answer all your questions after the tour with pleasure;
  • you can stay there until closing time. Discover the stunning world-class collections at the Hermitage at your own pace, without haste to inspect each magnificent exhibit.
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    Frequently Asked Questions About Our Hermitage Tour
    How long is your tour?
    Our Communist Tour takes approximately 3 hours
    Where does the tour start?
    Hermitage Museum Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry starts at the Aleksandrovskaya Kolonna on the Palace Square. Click here to see a map.
    How do I get to the starting point?
    The closest metro station is Admiralteyskaya (purple line)
    What languages are your tours in?
    Unfortunately, at this stage we only offer tours in English.
    How much does the tour cost?
    The tour costs 150 euro (10000 rub) per person.
    Are the tours suitable for children?
    Our tours are suitable for people of all ages. We often have children and little ones joining our walking tours and most of them seem to have a great time. However, it really depends on your child.
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    During the tour you will see:
    The tour takes approximately 3 hours
    Ceremonial halls
    The halls of the Hermitage are perhaps the favorite tourist part of the museum complex. Vast, majestic, full of luxury and power, reflecting the victories and glories of the Russian Empire.

    The main front suite of the Winter Palace with the Jordanian staircase is the first thing that meets visitors at the entrance to the Hermitage, and the first that is imprinted in memory and pictures. Next is a series of no less magnificent halls. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to take photos in all these halls and learn about the events taking place in each of them.
    Interior Halls
    The Winter Palace is woven from a vast number of rooms and boudoirs, in which representatives of the royal family lived. Empress Maria Alexandrovna left the incredible decoration. Also, the Hermitage presents various interiors of the 19th century, according to which one can trace the influence of political events and Western trends on the decoration of houses.
    Halls dedicated to the art
    The ground floor of the Winter Palace is occupied by expositions dedicated to the art of Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece and Rome, as well as Ancient Asia, Japan, and other countries.

    The works of the impressionists and post-impressionists will appear before you on the third floor. You will explore the works of world-famous artists and find out the history of their appearance in the museum.

    In the museum, you will also see two of Leonardo da Vinci's paintings from 14 existing around the world - the works of Madonna Benoit and Madonna Litta. In the Rembrandt Hall, you will meet with one of the last and most famous paintings of the Dutch artist - "The Prodigal Son," as well as other works by the master.
    Halls dedicated to military events
    The murals are reflecting the courage of outstanding marshals.

    The Petrovsky Hall will meet you with paintings depicting the heroism of Peter the Great ( the battles of the Northern War).

    The Armorial Hall will be greeted with sculptures of Old Russian warriors with banners and a central bowl of aventurine. And in the Military Gallery of 1812, you will see portraits of participants and heroes of World War II.
    Highlights of Hermitage Tour:
    • We wait for our guests every day in spite of bad weather and the size of the group;

    • We form just small groups for the comfort of every visitor.

    • Our guides are museum-licensed and know about the Hermitage and the history of Russia even more.

    • Skip-the-line tickets are included in the price, so don't worry about crowds of people at the entrance.

    • You will not be bored because we have collected the most exciting stories.
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    Hermitage Museum Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry starts at the Aleksandrovskaya Kolonna on the Palace Square
    Every day at 2 pm. See meeting point on the map. Google Maps link
    Meeting Point
    Hermitage Museum Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry starts at the Aleksandrovskaya Kolonna on the Palace Square
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