You got to admit one thing about Russia – when they do something, they do it big! We’ve already covered Moscow and things to see and do there – but we cannot forget State Hermitage (for those of you who know Russian: Gosudárstvennyj Ermitáž), one of the biggest and best museums in the world! If you love to immerse yourself in culture and art, the procedure is simple: long on to yec.com, find a guy who’s also a museum fan and arrange a trip to Sankt Petersburg!
Hermitage was founded by Catherine the Great back in 1764 – but it’s been opened for public since 1852. It houses countless collections in six buildings, but only a smart part of all the items kept is on public display; the collections are simply too huge to be displayed all at once. For instance, Hermitage’s painting collection is the largest in the world!
In fact, the numbers speak for themselves:
- paintings 16 903
- graphic works 622 452
- sculptures 12 798
- works of applied art 357 725
- archaeological artefacts 751 045
- numismatic objects 1 122 769
- rare books 341
- arms and armoury 13 954
- documents 56 899
- history of technology and techniques objects 3017
- printed materials 270
- other items 147 898