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The State Hermitage is a museum of art and culture situated in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and has been open to the public since 1852. Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise nearly 3 million items, including the largest collection of paintings in the world. The collections occupy a large complex of six historic buildings along Palace Embankment, including the Winter Palace, a former residence of Russian emperors. Apart from them, the Menshikov Palace, Museum of Porcelain, Storage Facility at Staraya Derevnya and the eastern wing of the General Staff Building also make part of the museum. The museum has several exhibition centers abroad. The Hermitage is a federal state property. The four buildings that make up the main museum complex, the Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage and New Hermitage, are partially open to the public. One may take pictures for an extra fee.
The museum itself is very very large. I only had a day to walk around and look. The building and its decorations are as interesting as the collections it houses. My pictures are a very small representative sample.
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