The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg has free admission on every Thursday of the month, during 2015, to commemorate its 250th anniversary. The closest free day is on 5 March, 2015.
This is a great deal, since regular adult admission is 400 Rub, and this is the only way to visit the greatest Russian museum free of charge.
The Hermitage is one of the oldest and largest museums in the world which houses over 3 million pieces of art and world culture artefacts. The museum’s collection includes paintings by Picasso, Leonardo da Vinci, Goya, Raphael, Michelangelo, Velázquez, Manet, Matisse and other greatest artists.
The Hermitage was founded in 1764 by Empress Catherine the Great for her personal art collection. During her reign, the museum wasn’t opened to the public and few people were allowed to see the collection. The Hermitage got a status of a public museum on 5 February, 1852.
The Hermitage by the numbers:
Exhibition area: 66,842 sq. metres
Total area of the premises (buildings): 233,345 sq. metres
Total items: 3,102,917
Works of art: 651,931
Numismatic objects: 1,122,369
Archaeological artefacts: 749,582
Opening hours: 10:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
When: 5 March, 2 April, 7 May, 4 June, 2 July, 6 August, 3 September, 1 October, 5 November, and 3 December.
To get to The Hermitage:
Address: 2, Palace Square.
Metro: Admiralteyskaya, Nevsky Prospekt, Gostiny Dvor
Buses: 7, 10, 24, 191
Trolleybuses: 1, 7, 10, 11