in the centre of St. Petersburg the State Hermitage Museum is
housed in five magnificent buildings created by celebrated
architects of the 18th to 19th century. The Winter Palace,
formerly the residence of Russian Emperors which was constructed
between 1754 and 1762 after a design of Bartolomeo Rastrelli,
occupies an important place amongst the other constructions of the
overall Museum ensemble.
together throughout two centuries and a half, the Hermitage
collections of works of art (over 3,000,000 items) present the
development of the world culture and art from the Stone Age to the
20th century. Today the Museum is creating its digital
self-portrait to be displayed around the world. Computer
technologies enable the State Hermitage Museum to provide people
from all over the world with wider access to information about the
Museum and its treasures.