The General Staff Building (Zdanie Glavnovo Shtaba) is a newly opened extension to the Hermitage museum and one of the most famous architectural monuments of St. Petersburg. It’s situated on Palace Square in front of the Winter Palace. Visiting the city during white nights can be very exciting.
This Neoclassical building is a beautiful example of Empire style architecture. It was designed by famous architect Carlo Rossi, constructed from 1819–1830. The eastern wing was given to Hermitage Museum in 1993 and was extensively reconstructed inside in 2008-2014. The western wing now hosts the Western Military District headquarters. The eastern wing of the General Staff Building originally housed the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and several other ministries of the Russian Empire.
Triumphal arch of the General Staff building, a monument to Russia’s victory in the war of 1812
It’s a four-story building with large and elegant atrium inside with glass roof which gives the inside light and space. It houses a comprehensive collection of works by impressionist and post-impressionist masters, Russian artists 19-20th centuries, The Age of Art Nouveau, modern art section with had massive installations.
Entrance to the General Staff Building.
View of the General Staff Building from the Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Square):
Portrait of Grand Duchess Maria Michailovna by Karl Sohn
Uniform of Peter I Modelled after the Uniform of the Life Guards of the Preobrazhensky Regiment before 1709
Vittorio Matteo Corcos – Dreams – 1896
Visitors can use the same ticket for all the branches of the Hermitage museum. Usually, there’s no queue at the ticket office – don’t miss opportunity to see a treasure trove of paintings and sculptures in the General Staff Building.
Free Admission For All Visitors: The First Thursday of every month and December 7.
The Carl Faberge Memorial Rooms (third floor)
The Age of Art Nouveau (The Art of Modern: arts and crafts) (second floor)
Sergey Shchukin and the Morozov Brothers Memorial Gallery (Matisse, Monet, Manet, Edgar Degas, Henri Fantin-Latour, Van Gogh, Pissarro, Renoir, Alfred Sisley ) (4th floor)
Russian Painting of the 19th Century (third floor)
French Painting and Sculpture of the 19th Century
Western European Art of the 19th Century.(Germany, Holland, Belgium)
French Pastels of the 19th and 20th Centuries
The Cabinet of the Artist’s Book
Under the Sign of the Eagle. The Art of the Empire
The Guard Museum. 18th Century
The Russian Foreign Ministry
The Russian Ministry of Finance