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Meet your art-expert guide in Palace Square in central St Petersburg, and stroll to the nearby State Hermitage Museum, housed in the lavish Winter Palace.

Along the way, hear how the Hermitage was established by Catherine the Great in 1764, when the empress purchased 255 precious artworks, the seeds of the museum’s now spectacular collection. In 1852, the Hermitage opened to the public, and is now one of the world’s biggest museums, with more than three million items.

Entrance lines can be long, so your skip-the-line ticket lets you bypass the wait lines and enjoy fast-track admission to the museum, alongside your guide. If you’re visiting between May and September, your ticket entitles you to early access to the museum, so you can head inside with your guide before the general public, and start exploring the displays in a crowd-free atmosphere.

Once inside, drink in the gilded chambers and hear how the museum extends across five buildings, including the Winter Palace, the home of Russia’s Tsars from 1760 onward.

Your 3-hour tour ends when your guide departs. Then, either take your leave of the Hermitage or continue to explore its treasures independently — your ticket gives you all-day access to the museum.

Please note: While your skip-the-line ticket gives you early access to the Hermitage from May to September, the privilege is subject to the museum’s official approval.
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The State Hermitage Museum
Marina Wilson Private Tours
Avoid the main lines at the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg to see its best-known artworks on this 3-hour tour. With an art-loving guide, gain fast-track entry, and from May to September, get the privilege of early access, beginning your tour in a crowd-free environment.
  • 3-hour guided tour of St Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum including skip-the-line entry and summertime early admission
  • Bypass the usually long entrance lines at the legendary Hermitage, one of the world’s greatest art museums
  • Enjoy early access between May and September before the doors open to the general public
  • See the best of the Western European art collection, including works by the Italian masters Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael
  • Admire legendary paintings by Van Gogh, Monet and Picasso, as well as Rubens and Van Dyck
  • Explore the lavish state rooms of the Winter Palace as a window into Russia’s imperial wealth
  • Receive personal attention from a guide on a small-group tour limited to six people
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Reviewed 1 week ago
best way to see it.

It just is, trust me. this is a world class. attraction, best seen in the winter. check for holiday closings

Thank michael_roachsf
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Perfect English tour and educational. Very happy with the tour - a must!

The English speaking guide showed and told us about many of the amazing pieces in the Winter Palace. Good amount of time to take pictures and good information from the guide who spoke perfect English. After the tour you can go and discover on your...More

Thank Hilda L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Entering with a Guide and not waiting in line...PERFECT!

I am so glad I booked this tour. The line outside can easily be 2 hours, so even though it did not seem that we got in particularly early we met at 9:40-9;55 and were it by 10:30 and went straight to the best exhibits....More

Thank Cynhoff
Reviewed 6 July 2018
The only way to see the Hermitage!

Can't not go to the Hermitage if in St. Pete's. Using the timed entry with a guide service is definitely the way to go especially since it was mobbed due to the crowds for the World Cup and various cruise ships.

1  Thank LDJKY
Reviewed 3 July 2018
Great place to revisit

Huge crowds waiting to enter. Hot as can be. Fantastic place. Had a frustrating time trying to find the toilet.need signs please.

Thank 40Helen64
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23 July 2018|
Response from Kate P |
Is it in engish?
Rafael T
6 July 2018|
Response from tempel69 | Reviewed this property |
No, I met the guide outside the Hermitage, by the big pillar.
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