The State Hermitage Museum


Securing the world’s greatest art in the cultural heart of Russia


Ancient statues, famous renaissance paintings, and a large mechanical golden peacock clock. The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, has over three million items from all around the world in its collections, including cultural artefacts, paintings, sculptures, coins and jewellery. The collections occupy several landmark buildings alongside the Palace Embankment and a modern Storage Facility at Staraya Derevnya. One estimate is that you would need eleven years to view everything the museum has set on exhibition for just a minute.

Historically the Hermitage served as a home and a workplace for thousands of people and the Tsars of Russia. Commissioned to be built by Catherine the Great, the walls of the many lavish rooms tell stories of both royals and revolutionaries. First serving as a private place to store Catherine’s art collection, the Winter Palace was throughout the years a scene for masquerades, balls and ceremonies. In the 1900s the palace was famously stormed by the Russian revolutionists.

Opened to public first in 1852, these rooms and halls now showcase millions of items to millions of modern-day visitors. In these buildings cultural history is also nurtured and cared for. At the Hermitage Storage Facilities top experts restore art and artefacts; for example, the meticulous restoration of Catherine the Great’s golden carriage took over 20 years to complete. And a few very special experts take care of the Hermitage cats that live on the museum grounds. The place has been a home for cats since the time of Empress Elizabeth, as the felines kept rodents away from the art.

Nowadays, security and safety at the Hermitage concern the exclusive collections, people and cats alike. To keep everything and everyone safe, ABLOY solutions play an important role both securing irreplaceable and valuable items and making sure the right people have access to the right places. As a chosen partner of the Hermitage we aspire to continuously improve the security of these great buildings and collections.


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The State Hermitage Museum inventory contains 3 150 428 items (2016):

  • 1 125 975 – numismatic objects;
  • 808 695 – archaeological artefacts;
  • 625 889 – graphic works;
  • 358 938 – works of applied art;
  • 60 521 – photos;
  • 17 165 – paintings;
  • 14 016 – arms and armoury;
  • 12 814 – sculptures;
  • 2 853 – documents;
  • 2 609 – history of technology and techniques objects;
  • 360 – rare books;
  • 295 – printed materials;
  • 148 133 – other items.

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