After hearing Coyle and Seitz talk about how incredible the Hermitage is for the past couple of months, today we finally got to experience what it is like for ourselves. The Hermitage is HUGE and houses over 3 million pieces of art!
We entered through Catherine the Great’s Winter Palace which has 360 rooms and the entire Hermitage has over 1,000 rooms filled with art work. So today was simply an orientation tour. Sergey was an incredible tour guide and he was very knowledgeable about each room, painting and sculpture that we went into and admired. My favorite room was Pavilion Hall because in this room was the most incredible clock I have ever seen. There are many functions to the clock, read here to learn all about it!
My second favorite room was the Malachite Room which is Professor Coyles favorite room. There were many other paintings and sculptures that I loved so here are just a few more that were scattered among a couple of hundred rooms: The Hermitage is incredible and I am so happy that admission is free with my ISIC (International Student) Card. When the tour ended the group split and I went to lunch at Tepemok for the first time. When we were ready to brave the weather again we decided to make our way back to Vasilievsky Island. Once we crossed the bridge we noticed steps that went down to the water and we decided to explore a little.
We then decided to go and check out the Museum of Oddities (The Kunstkammer) which was the first museum in Russia set up by Peter the Great when he was collecting curiosities such as stuffed animals, models ships, tools, etc. The first two floors were rather boring but the strange and disturbing stuff was stored on the third floor. The third floor was filled with “anatomical specimens.” Many of them were babies with birth defects and twins that had not fully separated. No camera’s were allowed inside; therefore, all pictures have been taken from http://www.saint-petersburg.com/museums/kunstkammer-museum-antropology-ethnography/
After this museum we were all a little weirded out and decided to call it a day and head home.