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Clifton, New Jersey
March 3, 2003
Plan on allowing at least 2 days to fully take in all that the museum has to offer. Tours are available in many languages, including English, French, and German. The Hermitage has an excellent website here. There is an extra charge for using your camera or videocamera inside. As much of the museum is 'no flash allowed', you may find the camera to be a liability. Despite the admonitions, I noticed many locals using their flash--though I can't recommend it. Also, be prepared to check your coat in winter. It's required.
The exhibits are set up by geogrpahic location and time period, such as Oriental Art and Western European Art. The Hermitage is actually a collection of buildings, the largest of which is the Great Hermitage. It not within the scope of this review to describe all the art in the Hermitage. It is the largest collection in the world! Rather, rest assured, if you like an artist or type of art, there's a good chance that it's represented.
There is a cafe on-site and many vendors selling street food. However, you are very close to Nevsky Prospect and it's large selection of high-quality restaurants.
From journal A Russian Winter
July 25, 2002
The museum was set up in several sections, and even with a map and a good sense of direction you can still find yourself a lot further from an exit than you want to be. There are some kiosks along the way where you can buy maps and souvenirs at American prices of course.
The historical significance of some of the artwork was pretty incredible. I'm no expert in art - but the glimpse at what it was like to live as royalty hundreds of years ago had us all in awe - and wondering how people like us would have lived.
I was a little surprised at how many people were there. Many school groups, families, and couples, were bustling around the lobby, posing for pictures with 50 of their closest friends walking around behind them, and actually hurrying to see what they had probably studied for years, back wherever they lived. One artist was actually set up next to a painting, entranced in the music on his walkman, generating an exact replica of what stood before him (picture below). This was indeed a mecca for many historians and artists, and it was sometimes more interesting to watch their reactions to what they saw. I certainly didn't appreciate the exhibits' significance as much as they did.
The sculptures were my favorite. The blazing sun coming in at that low, "St. Petersburg at noon" angle made all of the stone walls, pillars, and sculptures come to life. OK - so we did spend over 2 hours there, and enjoyed it a lot. Stomachs were grumbling for lunch at that point however, and we made our way slowly to the middle of the building where we thought the exit was, passing the same great hall three times, and finally making it to the streets below.
From journal Sunny Saturday in St. Petersburg
October 28, 2001
From journal St. Petersburg--A Window on Europe
July 15, 2001
From journal The city of marvelous nights
South Florida, Florida
November 18, 2000
From journal Sites of St. Petersburg, Russia
June 20, 2000
From journal Culture and Art tour of St. Petersburg
June 6, 2000
From journal Peter’s City