100 Museums to Visit Before You Die

State Hermitage Museum

Location: Saint Petersburg, Russia

2013 Exhibitions: Tin Soldiers in the Hermitage: For the 200th Anniversary of the Patriotic War of 1812 (December 26 - April 7), Artist of All Schools: Christian Wilhelm Ernst Dietrich (1712 - 1774) (November 28 - February 24), We all Merge into a Single Soul...: Patriotic War of 1812 in the Medals of Olenin and His Contemporaries (December 26 - April 7)

St. Petersburg is home to the State Hermitage Museum, one of the largest and oldest museums in the world. It is the most-visited museum in Russia, and ranks 12th internationally.

The State Hermitage was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and has been open to the public since 1852. The entire permanent collection of the museum has over three million pieces, although the museum itself can only display a tiny fraction of that at a time. The collection fills a complex of six buildings including the Museum of Porcelain and a collection of similarly named buildings—Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage, New Hermitage, and the Winter Palace.

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