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Hermitage Museum with Early Admission Private Tour

from 65 USD
4 hrs
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Hermitage Museum with Early Admission Private Tour

Enjoy Hermitage Museum at your own pace with a professional art enthusiast. Take advantage of the Early Admission and skip huge crowds to enjoy timeless art, amazing interiors and unique exhibits. 


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  • Hermitage Museum
  • General Staff Building

Hermitage is one of the largest museums of the world. But it is also the magnificient Royal palace with the stunning rooms and unbelievable views. The collection began as the project of Catherine the Great in 1764. Now ist's the temple of art, where you can see the works of Raphael, Titian, Rembrant, de Goya and many other prominent painters from all over the world. Treat yourself with a grand exploration of the most amazing masterpieces of the European Art, including the French Impressionists, and marvel at the amazing interiors of the Tsar's Winter Residence - the Winter Palace.

2 hrs (or more if time permits)

The newly restored General Staff building houses the part of the Hermitage art collection, specifically beautiful works of art of the 19th and 20th centuries, including French Impressionists & Post-Impressionists.

Permanent exibits include:
French Pastels of the 19th and 20th Centuries
The Cabinet of the Artist’s Book
The Carl Fabergé Memorial Rooms
Sergey Shchukin and the Morozov Brothers Memorial Gallery (the main collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art of the Hermitage)
French Painting and Sculpture of the 19th Century
Western European Art of the 19th Century. (Germany, Holland, Belgium)
The Age of Art Nouveau
The exhibition of the Art of the Empire (early 19th century), called "Under the Sign of the Eagle". 
The museum of the Russian Guard (18th Century)
The Russian Foreign Ministry exhibition
The Russian Ministry of Finance exhibition

1-2 hrs

Detailed Program

Time Description
Meeting place: in the lobby of your hotel
00:00-00:10 Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel. The guide will have a sign with your name on it (unless the hotel prohibits to do so. In that case the guide will be wearing a blue scarf with ULKOtours logo)
00:10 - 00:20

Proceed to the Hermitage Museum to begin your tour. 

Early Admission to the Hermitage is offered only from May till September for tour starting times 09:30 and 10:00. General Admission starts at 10:30 am

00:20 - 04:00

Your tour covers the main buildings of the museum: the Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage, New Hermitage, and General Staff Building. With your guide, see the state interiors of the Winter Palace, the most glorious czar residence in Russia, started by Empress Elizabeth I and finished under Catherine the Great's rule. Explore works of art collected by the Imperial family and carefully saved from destruction by the staff of the museum during World War II; admire the highlights of the 15th- to 18th-century European collection by masters such as Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Veronese, Tintoretto, and Tiepolo; and check out the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collections.


Other sights include the Peacock Clock of the Small Hermitage and multiple galleries of French, Italian, and Dutch art. Throughout your tour, your guide is happy to answer any questions and, if possible, can make detours to accommodate your special requests. (Note, the Hermitage Theatre is not available for tours.)


  • English-speaking tour guide (other languages available at a surcharge)
  • Admission to the Hermitage Museum (Main Complex)
  • Admission to the General Staff Building with Impressionist collection
  • Photo permit for small cameras (separate ticket required for pro cameras)

NOT Included

  • Transportation from/to hotel 
  • Food & drinks
  • Photo pass for pro equipment
  • Gratuities
  • 15 USD surcharge per group if your tour language is Spanish or German.
  • 30 USD surcharge for Portuguese, Italian, French or Mandarin. Other languages are available upon request.
Suitable for people with limited walking ability and wheelchair users.


Tour starting times:
09:30, 10:00, 10:30,
11:00, 11:30, 12:00,
12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00
Please specify your desired tour starting time when booking in the comments section.
  • To arrange transfer services to/from museum please contact your tour manager for a quote.
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