Both visitors and locals of St Petersburg are being served a spattering of free culture this week from the city’s most famous museum
In 1764, Catherine the Great purchased the first art collection that would later be housed in St Petersburg’s world famous cultural institution, the State Hermitage. Every year, the Hermitage celebrates this anniversary along with Orthodox St Catherine’s Day with a special programme.
The celebration has been dubbed Hermitage Days. This year, there are three ways you can take part in the festivities: a chat with the State Hermitage director Mikhail Piotrovsky, a 3D light show and two admission-free days to the museum.
Chat with the Hermitage Director
The museum director Mikhail Piotrovsky will be answering questions from the crowds. The theme of the online broadcast will discuss the happenings of this year as well as plans for the future. Virtual attendees can ask questions about exhibitions, museum policies, the Hermitage’s significance as a cultural centre and the like. You can write in your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop them on VK or Facebook. Check out the live broadcast here.
When: 5 December, 11am
Where: Online broadcast
Mystery of Light Show
For three years in a row, the Hermitage light show event has been enticing the crowds for Hermitage Days at the Palace Square. The facade of the Winter Palace will host a changing screen every 10 minutes with musical accompaniment by Russian composers Sergei Prokofiev, Maurice Ravel, Schnittke, Shostakovich and Aram Khachaturian.
When: 7 December, 6pm to 10pm
Where: Palace Square, St Petersburg, 198324
Free Admission to the State Hermitage
On the first Thursday of every month, visitors can enjoy the Hermitage free of charge. As of this year, two days have been approved for free admission in honour of the museum’s foundation anniversary, 7 December for all buildings and 8 December for the General Staff Building. Visitors will be spoilt for choice with exhibits including the controversial Knights of Despair/Warrior of Beauty exhibition by Jan Fabre and Syria’s historical artifacts.
When: 7 December, 10.30am to 9pm; 8 December, 10.30am to 6pm
Where: Palace Square 2, St Petersburg, 190000