One of the really great museums of the world. The best part of our trip to St Petersburg.
Wonderful discovery in Saint Petersburg - probably the highlight of my visit. First thing you're told upon entering is that Erarta is the largest private museum in Russia and it lives up to expectations - it's a huge five-floor building with the museum occupying the entire left wing and the galleries and temporary exhibitions on the right-hand side. The museum collection is interesting and varied (the brochure I was given says there are over 2000 works by more than 150 artists) - I particularly enjoyed science art on floor 1 and video art on floor 3 but was also delighted to see that numerous Russian contemporary artists are still very familiar with time-honoured traditions of oil and canvas that are seemingly becoming a forgotten form back home! Also, don't miss their "U-space" project - you get 15 minutes in private in especially themed rooms with art installations of various kinds, ranging from happy and cheerful to sad and pensive. The right-hand side has various exhibitions which change every two months and also has a gallery where you can buy contemporary works of art. Erarta apparently also has galleries in New York, London, Zurich and Hong Kong - very impressive as it really puts Russian artists on the map! Also want to highlight just how impressive the level of attention to foreign visitors is - unlike most places in Russia, everyone speaks great English and they evidently take special care signposting and translating absolutely everything from Russian to make it easy for guests to orientate and to find out more about Russian art. I cannot praise Erarta highly enough - it's great to see that Russia isn't stuck in the time of the csarz and has fantastic modern institutions such as this one! P.S. would recommend taking at least 3 hours to visit Erarta - there's a restaurant (didn't have time to try myself) and a cafe (did have time for that - great coffees and desserts!) to take a break if you're tired and bring some roubles with you - there are some really cool modern souvenirs in the shops.
Once in a lifetime there is a moment of rarity. Let this be your moment of like suchness in St. Petersburg. I guarantee you will not have another like it. It was one of those thats which are never to be repeated repeated.
Went here with a school group from Scotland. Pupils were admitted FREE of charge. Some of them weren't sure they were interested in art but all of them enjoyed it in the end.
The Hermitage Museum is more impressive than what i imagined after seeing the website. I want to go back and spend a day or two just enjoying what it has to offer. I have not seen a finer museum even in Europe. You will be impressed but please take your time to enjoy what you see.
I love Nabokov, hopefully one day I will get to go here!
amazing Hermitage! so many treasures. Russia is the wonderful country. such warm people. Don't believe Bush and his lies!
You could spend over 3 WEEKS here and still not see everything! In fact, some artefacts have even gone missing and the curators didn't even spot the fact after months - only realised when they did an inventory check. This place is truly spectacular!
Every bit as impressive as I had hoped. There's some brilliant artefacts here, such as the Tsar's carriage, and their collection of paintings was much bigger than i had expected. I spent over three hrs here and didn't see everything