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State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg (General Staff building)

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State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg (General Staff building)
Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Square), 6/8 St. Petersburg
Russian Federation
Venue Type: Museum

Country:
russian federation



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> CURRENT EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS
June 28th - October 31st Public Program
Pavel Arseniev, Kathrin Becker, Anna Bitkina, Pavel Braila, Lado Darakhvelidze, Ekaterina Degot, Gluklya, Alevtina Kakhidze, Ragnar Kjartansson, Ilya Orlov and Natasha Kraevskaya, Deimantas Narkevicius, Emily Newman, Kristina Norman, Alexandra Pirici, Jonathan Platt, Rimini Protokoll, Aaron Schuster, Slavs and Tatars, Anna Baumgart and Andrzej Turowski, Mierle Laderman Ukeles
 
June 28th - October 14th MANIFESTA 10
 
> QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/html_En/i...
EMAIL:  
visitorservices@hermitage.ru
OPEN HOURS:  
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10.30-18.00 Wednesday: 10.30-21.00 Closed Mondays.
PHONE:  
(812) 710-90-79
FAX:  
(812) 312-15-50
COST:  
400 roubles - regular, 100 roubles - entrance ticket for adult citizens of the Russian Federation
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DESCRIPTION

The museum was founded in 1764 when Empress Catherine the Great purchased a collection of Flemish and Dutch paintings (225) from the Berlin merchant Johann Ernest Gotzkowski.

Museum Complex
The museum's storerooms, exhibitions, departments and services are housed in 10 buildings, 7 of which are monuments of 18th- and 19th-century Russian culture.

In 1993 the East wing of the General Staff Building was given to the State Hermitage to house new exhibitions of the Museum. The majestic building (1820-1830) designed by the outstanding architect of Russian Classicism Carlo Rossi completed the ensemble of the Palace Square. Being situated opposite the magnificent baroque residence of the royal family the Winter Palace (Rastrelli, 1754-1762) this classically austere construction of the General Staff occupies grand space from Nevsky prospect to the bend of the Moika river. The lines of the facade of two semi-circular wings smoothly outline the southern border of the square. The wings are connected with a triumphal arch decorated with a sculptural composition - the Chariot of Glory.


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