The State Hermitage is one of the greatest art museums in the world.
Its collections numbering about 3 000 000 items feature the art and culture of Antiquity, Western Europe, Oriental countries and Russia. Monuments of culture and art are presented in more than 500 halls, with a total area of 84,000 sq. meters
Highlights of the museum are works by most famous European old masters - Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt and Rubens. It boasts a superb, one of the best in the world, collections of Dutch painting and a fine stock of French paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries. Its collections of drawings and prints and of applied art are among the richest in the world. The museum has exquisite Scythian gold objects and ancient Greek jewelry.