The State Hermitage Museum is one of the largest artistic and cultural and historical museums in Russia and one of the largest in the world. Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise over three million items (it takes around 10 years to see the whole collection).
The main expositions of the State Hermitage are placed in the Main Museum Complex, which is situated in the historical centre of Saint Petersburg. It is represented by the Winter Palace, which is a former emperor’s residence, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage and New Hermitage, and also Hermitage Theatre.
In the Main Museum complex of the State Hermitage are presented the monuments of culture and arts of the ancient world, Europe, Russia, the East, archaeological and numismatic collections. In the Hermitage collection there are two paintings by Leonardo da Vinci and sculpture by Michelangelo, which can be found nowhere else in Russia, as well as the largest collection of Rembrandt’s paintings outside the Netherlands.