The Hermitage took the eighth place in the ranking of the best museums in the world. The top 10 was compiled by the British magazine TimeOut.
Readers were reminded that if you stop in front of each object of the St. Petersburg museum for at least a minute, it will take 11 years to view the entire collection. Experts also advised photographing the facade of the building and noted that it is best to get pictures taken on a frosty winter morning.
The Uffizi Gallery in Florence was named the best museum in the world. The second place was taken by the Louvre in Paris. The third is the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Also included in the top five are the National Museum of Modern Art in Seoul and the National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington.
In addition, the top ten included the Greek Acropolis, the Qin Terracotta Army Museum in China, the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum and the Tate Gallery in London.
Traditionally, the starting point of the history of the Hermitage is considered to be 1764, when Catherine II acquired the first large collection of paintings. By the end of her reign, she possessed an extensive collection of priceless art objects: paintings, antiques, cameos, engravings, medals, stone-cutting products. The collections were housed in the galleries of the Small Hermitage and the enfilades of the Large Hermitage specially built nearby, which determined the name of the future museum.
A new stage in the fate of the Hermitage is connected with the historical events of the beginning of the XX century: the fall of the monarchy, the nationalization of the museum and the buildings of the imperial residence. The history of the Hermitage is a history of acquisitions and losses. In the 1920s, the collection was supplemented by nationalized private collections, and the next decade was marked by ruinous sales.
Today, the Hermitage is an encyclopedic museum with a brilliant collection of more than three million works of art and monuments of world culture.
St. Petersburg Taxi offers airport transfers, train station taxi, city tours which includes a visit to Palace square and the Hermitage museum.