The Winter Palace (Russian: Зимний дворец, tr. Zimnij dvorets, IPA: [ˈzʲimnʲɪj dvɐˈrʲɛts]) is a palace in Saint Petersburg that served as the official residence of the Russian Emperor from 1732 to 1917. The palace and its precincts now house the Hermitage Museum. Situated between Palace Embankment and Palace Square, adjacent to the site of Peter the Great's original Winter Palace, the present and fourth Winter Palace was built and altered almost continuously between the late 1730s and 1837, when it was severely damaged by fire and immediately rebuilt. The storming of the palace in 1917, as depicted in Soviet art and in Sergei Eisenstein's 1928 film October, became an iconic symbol of the Russian Revolution.
The emperors constructed their palaces on a monumental scale that aimed to reflect the might and power of Imperial Russia. From the palace, the tsars ruled over 22,800,000 square kilometers (8,800,000 sq mi) (almost 1/6 of the Earth's landmass) and 125 million subjects by the end of the 19th century. Several architects participated in designing the Winter Palace—most notably the Italian Bartolomeo Rastrelli (1700–1771)—in what became known as the Elizabethan Baroque style. The green-and-white palace has the overall shape of an elongated rectangle, and its principal façade is 215 metres (705 ft) long and 30 m (98 ft) high. The Winter Palace has been calculated to contain 1,886 doors, 1,945 windows, 1,500 rooms and 117 staircases. Following a serious fire, the palace's rebuilding of 1837 left the exterior unchanged, but large parts of the interior were redesigned in a variety of tastes and styles, leading the palace to be described as a "19th-century palace inspired by a model in Rococo style".
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|Sunday||10:30 AM – 6:00 PM|
N ___ | Feb 4, 2018
Sometimes I can’t stop thinking about you, what you represent, what surrounds you. My favourite memories concern walking in dead of night with my brother across your Square. The sound of the blind saxophonist plays in my mind when I’m feeling nostalgic. I like you most when I can see you fully.
Nicholas Koh | Dec 30, 2017
The Museum is Magnificent and really huge! The Winter Palace now houses the Hermitage Museum. The original Winter Palace of Peter the Great is separate from this Museum complex and separate ticket is required. The Museum is one of the largest Museum in the world. Of the six buildings in the main museum complex, five—namely the Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage, New Hermitage and Hermitage Theatre—are open to the public. One day is not enough to completely view all exhibits on display.
Jose Verona | Feb 24, 2018
Very nice place and big and historical,this museum is very big you will need few days to see it all if you go the first Thursday of the month is free but make sure you are there early. there's Rembrandt's paintings,Definitely a place to see and visit
Ivelina Mechkarova | Dec 30, 2017
My visit was a dream come true. Take a ticket from the ticket machine outside and avoid the line. A ticket from the machine (750 rubles when I bought ib 2017) gives you access to the complete museum collection, which is in FIVE DIFFERENT BUILDINGS. Note, that the modern art collection is in the building across from the main museum building. If you spend more time in town, ask for a 2 day ticket. I didn't purchase it myself, but I believe there is a possibility.
mrredchannel30 | Jan 4, 2018
The nicest museum I have ever seen. Very rich collection of art and historical things. If you're going to visit it be ready to spent whole day there. But even whole day would be little too see everything in there. Better to come before opening, as there is very large queqe there. We had been waited for 1 hour to buy ticket.
Jason Tomczak | Mar 14, 2018
The Winter Palace is definitely a bucket-list item. The history of the palace – before, during, and after the 1917 Revolution – are reason alone to visit, but the Hermitage Museum makes it a must-see. This is one of the greatest museums in the world, on par with the Louvre. I tried to do the entire Hermitage Museum in one day, and I wouldn't recommend it. I only had a brief stay in Saint Petersburg, and while I knew that I couldn't see the whole museum in one single day, I HAD to go. I ended up only spending five hours wandering its grounds before Florence Syndrome got to me, and I had to take a break. This museum is best experienced with multiple visits. However, if that's not possible, then still go. The sensory overload from all the art and artifacts is worth it.
Maiko J I | Mar 21, 2018
Plan to visit early, because it takes at least 2 hours to see inside. Sometimes you have to queue for hours to get in. It is a must-see museum in the 18th century. Imagine how people held parties in the royal ballroom... So beautiful and just incredibly well kept. This kind of buildings should be properly reserved until 28th century!
amrita mukherjee | Apr 27, 2018
Best place for art lovers, historians. Can be lost in time. Should not go on free day though. Can be crowded. For students it is free every day. Best to. Plan ahead which section you want to see.
Maurice Kwok | May 7, 2018
Absolutely gorgeous!! A real eye-opener!! I was lucky to visit the State Hermitage Museum at the end of May 2017. The museum closed every Monday, but they opened the door just for our two tours from our NCL Cruise ship. The museum was so huge that we walked three hours and went through part of it. There are six museum buildings for a total collection of three million priceless art and painting collections, but the museum opened just one building to the public. It must be on your bucket list, a "Must-Go" wish list item!! I am thankful for having a chance to visit the museum. Thanks God!!! From Toronto, Canada.
Evelina Kurtinaityte | May 10, 2018
Really great place for visiting. It's impossible to see all the exhibits, but it's worth it at least to visit it and see most famous painters works. The place is crowdy so visitors should be careful with their stuff. Anyway, it's worth it to come back here again and again.
Sherry Chou | May 6, 2018
Definitely remember to order your tickets online. The entrance for internet vouchers is at the side of the Winter Palace. Do not think the two-days ticket is worth it unless you are staying in St. Petersburg for more than 4 days (there are too many other beautiful places to go). Get the one day ticket then go on a Friday as the museum opens until 9pm. A stunning set of collection and the museum unlike many other tourist places in Russia is equipped with a lot of toilets as well as seating area so that elders could have a rest when they are tired. Remember to read the panels that explains about the history of the museum itself as it allows you to appreciate how these art pieces sustained over the years.
Garima Bhardwaj | Jun 1, 2018
It's a great museum with lots of things to see but the ticket will last you only a day, it is impossible to see the museum at peace in a day and I wish the ticket would last me at least another day so that I can visit other sections on the next day and main palace on the first day. I entered right at the opening time and I barely completed the main complex by closing time, although there are also 2 hour tours available that would comb through the main exhibits. Secondly the map and info provided could be improved so that people would know how to navigate. The exhibits were superb and worth your time.
Masoud Adeli | Jun 8, 2018
Excellent. One of the best museums in the world. Lots of things to visit. A very wise decision is buying a 2 days visit online ticket. One day is not enough for this museum. Another tip (If you don't have e-tickets) is looking for e-tickets entrance. You will find 2 ticket machine near the entrance buy your tickets there and go in. Escape from lines for tickets. Go as early as you can cause there is no crowd in early morning. If you have planned for 1 day and you need to see any special item , ask for its address. In a shell, antiques are in the 1st floor and paintings and artworks are in above floors. But for visiting all the antiques in the 1st floor you must go upstairs in the middle of the first floor and after a lot of rooms in the second floor go back downstairs to 1st floor again.
JOHN ASHMORE | May 15, 2018
Fabulous building in its own right. This conbined with a seriously extensive collection both from its palace status as well as a museum. Excellent facilities. Can book ahead. Can be busy with guided tour visits. There are separate sections to the museum. You need the General Staff gallery floor 4 to see Impressionist collection.
Denis Gunatilake | Jun 9, 2018
Biggest and arguably best museum in St Petersburg, be warned that at peak times the line is easily out the door. I'd advise coming early in the day as it is impossible to see everything in one visit. That being said, admission is free for students from any nation so be sure to make a visit!
Vignesh Nambiar | Jul 4, 2018
A really good museum to visit. Best to get your tickets online to avoid the queues or to get there early. Wednesday and Friday are good days to go as they are open until 9. One day is not enough to see all that the museum has to offer. If you have time, get the two day pass online. The artwork and sculptures are quite spectacular. Even the architecture of the building is interesting.
Jayanta Karmakar | Jul 1, 2018
Could not believe that its the second-largest museum in the world unless I had been to Louvre before. The vastness, grandeur, the paintings and the sculptures are really awe inspiring. It was founded in 1764 when Empress Catherine the Great acquired an impressive collection of paintings from the Berlin merchant Johann Ernst Gotzkowsky. The museum celebrates the anniversary of its founding each year on 7 December, Saint Catherine's Day. It has been open to the public since 1852. Beautifully maintained and well managed by the management. Of the six buildings in the main museum complex, five—namely the Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage, New Hermitage, and Hermitage Theatre—are open to the public. In 1991, it became known that some paintings looted by the Red Army in Germany in 1945 were held in the Hermitage. Only in October 1994 the Hermitage officially announced that it had secretly been holding a major trove of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings from German private collections. Been there in early June this year. One can easily spend the whole day appreciating its beauty tirelessly.
Gaijin | Jun 23, 2018
Founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great it is the second largest museum in the world with a collection of over three million items, of which only a small part is on permanent display. It boasts the largest collection of paintings in the world. The collections occupy a large complex of six historic buildings, including The Winter Palace of the Czars. Bustling with many hundred tourists: the queue for entrance tickets quickly grows from early morning - expect a long wait. My advice is you jump this queue by booking a guided tour in advance. (Official tours have priority entrance, in advance of general public entry).
Ashley spencer | Jun 13, 2018
Overall wonderful place to spend the day but there are some things you should know ahead of time. The line for tickets is always long, even the electronic kiosk. You can purchase tickets online before going and I strongly recommend that if you are not one for long lines (who is). Also know that long lines means large crowds inside. Knowing this ahead of time can mentally prepare you. Other than that it was a great experience!
Brad Barez | Aug 10, 2018
OK I heard about this museum for many years back in the United States. But visiting this museum blew me away! This is the largest place where someone can go and see Art today in the world. I believe there’s 11 million pieces of art in this museum! Where do you start? As I walked in and buy tickets on a hot day a gentleman came up and asked if I wanted it to work? I said yes. The tour guide was amazing she is a teacher in Russia, and taught me not to worry about the art but the culture and deep history of Russia. To be able to stand next to a Rembrandt where you could touch it, but I did it, and I would never do that. Is an amazing experience. To see the fine detail in the flooring to the ceiling to the windows to all the artwork that is in this building is way too much for someone to take in in one day. If you had love, please spend at least 2 to 3 days looking at this art. Also, this museum is in a perfect location, right on the water. I will definitely be back again, And spend more time to see at least another 300 pieces of art. If I’m a Russian, I’d be very proud of this museum! I’ll definitely be back
Ritu Samanta | Aug 14, 2018
This is an amazing place with work from artists all over the world. Someone with an interest in museum and art should definitely book a 2 day entry online, prior to the visit as only a day wouldn't be enough if you want to see it all. There is a cafe inside with good, slightly expensive food. There is also a museum shop inside. One needs to wear comfortable shoes as it requires a lot of walking. The staff inside the museum are helpful if you want help in getting directions inside the building. Do collect the map which is available in quite a few languages after you enter, as the inside is huge and you would need the map to mark which rooms you had completed. No need for an audio guide if you are not much keen to know every detail behind the artworks, you can just stroll and enjoy the beauty at your own pace. There is an auto ticket kiosk which is not crowded in case you want to buy tickets on the day of your visit.
Jonathan Bloom | Aug 15, 2018
I can honestly say that this is the most impressive museum I have ever been to in my life. The sheer quantity and quality of the original works of art and royal trappings is absolutely mind boggling. If you spent just 30 seconds in front of each piece it would take 8 years to see everything. If you are ever in St Petersburg you have to go here. Definitely gonna try go there when I'm older and spend a few days wandering the over 1000 rooms.
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