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Small-Group St Petersburg Hermitage Museum Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry and Summer Early Access

Highlights
  • 3-hour guided tour of St Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum including skip-the-line entry and summertime early admission
  • Bypass the usually long entrance lines at the legendary Hermitage, one of the world’s greatest art museums
  • Enjoy early access between May and September before the doors open to the general public
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Small-Group St Petersburg Hermitage Museum Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry and Summer Early Access
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Overview
Avoid the main lines at the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg to see its best-known artworks on this 3-hour tour. With an art-loving guide, gain fast-track entry, and from May to September, get the privilege of early access, beginning your tour in a crowd-free environment.
What to Expect
Meet your art-expert guide in Palace Square in central St Petersburg, and stroll to the nearby State Hermitage Museum, housed in the lavish Winter Palace.
Along the way, hear how the Hermitage was established by Catherine the Great in 1764, when the empress purchased 255 precious artworks, the seeds of the museum’s now spectacular collection. In 1852, the Hermitage opened to the public, and is now one of the world’s biggest museums, with more than three million items.
Entrance lines can be long, so your skip-the-line ticket lets you bypass the wait lines and enjoy fast-track admission to the museum, alongside your guide. If you’re visiting between May and September, your ticket entitles you to early access to the museum, so you can head inside with your guide before the general public, and start exploring the displays in a crowd-free atmosphere.
Once inside, drink in the gilded chambers and hear how the museum extends across five buildings, including the Winter Palace, the home of Russia’s Tsars from 1760 onward.
Your 3-hour tour ends when your guide departs. Then, either take your leave of the Hermitage or continue to explore its treasures independently — your ticket gives you all-day access to the museum.
Please note: While your skip-the-line ticket gives you early access to the Hermitage from May to September, the privilege is subject to the museum’s official approval.
Reviews (133)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Visit to Hermitage

Excellent way to get most out of visit in 3 hour tour. Beat the queues and see the main items. Ines was an excellent and knowledgeable guide. An enjoyable visit. Ticket also includes impressionists paintings in nearby building which you can do on your own.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Ian G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
DO NOT BOOK this tour

We were told to meet the tour guide, Marina, in front of the winter Palace at 10:45 am. The information on the booking said that the tour would start no later than 10:55 am and that latecomers would be left behind. We were there at...More

Thank CarolW862
Marina_WilsonPT, Owner at Marina Wilson Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Carol, I am very sorry about the unpleasant experience you've had with our tour on Sunday. My name is Marina Wilson and I am the owner and GM of the company and ultimately is a person responsible for how efficiently the operations are run...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
THIS IS A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE !

Visiting the Hermitage is once in a lifetime experience. If you are visiting St Petersburg regard a visit to the Hermitage as a 'must do'. The experience is definitely made a wonderful experience when you are guided by this knowledgeable guide. I could not imagine...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Terence V
Reviewed March 13, 2019
Incredible

I highly recommend taking this tour for two primary reasons. First, if you're into photography or want to at least be able to see the museum without a flood of tourists, the option to go before the general public can get in makes it more...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Kabberjeeth
Reviewed March 13, 2019
Hermitage with Irina

I had a very lovely tour of the Hermitage with Irina who was clearly knowledgeable about the buildings themselves and the paintings. Skipping the lines is definitely a plus as well as being with a guide who had the high points in mind. Irina was...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Kate W
Marina_WilsonPT, Owner at Marina Wilson Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded March 16, 2019

Thank you, Kate, for your feedback. I am happy you have enjoyed the tour with Irina. She is a very dedicated guide and very well-versed on the subject of history and art tours. We do aim to choose guides who have fluent English skills. However,...More

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Response from Marina_WilsonPT | Property representative |
Thank you for your question. Yes, the tour includes the state rooms of the Winter Palace which is a part of the Hermitage complex. Hope to see you joining one of our tours.
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