In 2014 the Hermitage marks its 250th anniversary. From Impressionist
masterpieces to Oriental antiques, the museum is home to a collection of
over 3 million items. You will need eleven years to view everything it
has on display. Russia’s largest museum survived a devastating fire,
the October revolution and Nazi’s bombings, constantly expanding and
renovating. A cultural jewel box, an architectural masterpiece, a
historical legend, the Hermitage is often compared to a phoenix.