The General Staff Building (Hermitage Branch): Entrance, Exhibitions, Free Admission Days

The General Staff Building (Здание Главного штаба) 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 St. Petersburg

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):

General Staff Building entrance

The General staff Building Hermitage entrance


Hermitage exhibition St. Petersburg Russia


Portrait of Grand Duchess Maria Michailovna by Karl Sohn

Peter the Great Uniform Russia

Uniform of Peter I Modelled after the Uniform of the Life Guards of the Preobrazhensky Regiment before 1709

The Age of Art Nouveau Russia

The Age of Art Nouveau

Vittorio Corcos Dreams

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.

Permanent exhibitions:

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

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