The eastern wing of the General Staff Building originally housed the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and several other ministries of the Russian Empire. From 1917, different institutions and organisations occupied the building including People's Commissariat for Foreign Affairs; the General Staff was located in the western wing, but nowadays it is the headquarters of the Western Military District.
The reconstruction of the General Staff Building was started in 2008 and ended in 2014. Five big atriums were covered with glass roofs, so the New Big Enfilade appeared. After the restoration the collections of Russian and European decorative art, paintings and sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries (including Impressionist and Postimpressionist paintings, Matisse, and Picasso), as well as contemporary art were displayed in the building.
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Price/Additional InfoAdmission 300 Rbl. 700Rbl — price for all-in ticket for visiting the Main Museum Complex, The General Staff Building, Winter Palace of Peter the Great, Menshikov Palace, The Museum of the Imperial Porcelain Factory. Entry ticket allows single visit to the Main Museum Complex and the branches during the day of its purchase. Please keep your tickets with you until the end of your visit.
The director of the Hermitage once said, “I can't say that the Hermitage is the number one museum in the world, but it's certainly not number two.” With over three million works of art and treasures housed in six connected buildings along the Neva, the m
The Menshikov Palace on Vasilyevsky Island was one of the very first buildings in St. Petersburg. The palace was founded in 1710 as a residence of St. Petersburg Governor General Alexander Menshikov. Many western European architects and craftsmen were in
Exhibition complex of the State Hermitage. The Winter Palace of Peter the Great is a unique architectural monument of the first quarter of the 18th century. The official residence of Peter I was located on the territory now occupied b
Museum of the Imperial Porcelain Factory
Pr. Obukhovkoy Oborony 151
Since 2001 the Museum of Imperial Porcelain Factory has been run by the Hermitage’s management and today it boasts a stellar display of more than 30,000 various designs the factory has produced since its founding in 1844 by Tsar Nicholas I and will appea
Staraya Derevnya Restoration and Storage Centre
Zausadebnaya ul. 37a
The modern Restoration and Storage Centre of the State Hermitage Museum is situated in the Staraya Derevnya area. This museum complex offers the unique opportunity to visit the museum’s storage vaults and see paintings and sculptures from the museum coll