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Part of the amazing Winter Palace and with around 3 million works and artefacts, there is probably no other museum in the world, with the exception of the Louvre, that rivals the Hermitage.

Opened as a museum in 1917 and with origins dating back to Peter the Great who collected works during his travels abroad, this massive collection contains a large number of Italian Renaissance and French Impressionist works, as well as examples by Picasso, Rembrandt and Matisse.

The museum is also a spectacle in itself, with fine interiors and architectural details and is of such a size that many visitors come back time after time to see the whole collection.

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