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    • State Hermitage Museum in St.Petersburg
    • State Hermitage Museum in St.Petersburg
    • State Hermitage Museum in St.Petersburg
    • State Hermitage Museum in St.Petersburg
    • State Hermitage Museum in St.Petersburg
    • State Hermitage Museum in St.Petersburg
    • State Hermitage Museum in St.Petersburg
    • State Hermitage Museum in St.Petersburg
    • State Hermitage Museum in St.Petersburg
    • State Hermitage Museum in St.Petersburg
    • State Hermitage Museum in St.Petersburg
    • State Hermitage Museum in St.Petersburg
    • State Hermitage Museum in St.Petersburg
    • State Hermitage Museum in St.Petersburg
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    The Russian State Hermitage Museum was founded in 1764, when Russian Empress Catherine the Great purchased an art collection containing 225 paintings from Johann Ernst Gotzkowsky, a Prussian merchant.

    Above: The Jordan Staircase at the State Hermitage Museum in St.Petersburg.

    On December 7, 2014, the Russian State Hermitage Museum, one of the most important museums in the world, celebrates its 250th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the museum will offer free admission to all visitors on December 10.

    On December 7, 2014, the Russian State Hermitage Museum, one of the most important museums in the world, celebrates its 250th anniversary.

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