General Staff Building

  Dvortsovaya pl. 6-8 ,   City Centre-1          (+7) 812 495 71 71     more than a year ago
The General Staff Building is home to one of the most celebrated and popular parts of the Hermitage's collection - impressionists and post-impressionists. The building was designed by the architect K. I. Rossi and was built between 1820 and 1830. The project revolved around the architect’s idea to unite two separate buildings with a triumphal arch, a monument to Russia’s victory in the war of 1812. This majestic arch is a symbol Russia’s glory and military triumph; it forms a symmetrical axe with the central part of the Winter Palace.
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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Open 10:30 - 18:00, Wed, Fri 10:30 - 21:00. Closed Mon.

Price/Additional Info

Admission 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.

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