This really is one of the world's great museums/art galleries. Sumptuous rooms, beautifully maintained and restored, wonderful works of art and paintings (the Impressionist collection alone is world-class), glorious views out over the River Neva from the front of the building, good information in Russian and English. There are lots of groups visiting, of course, and looking at the same major attractions - but the collection is so vast that you have to be really selective. We were certainly really grateful to go round with our own guide who selected a manageable number of paintings and sculptures to look at in a very full half-day visit.
Just wonderful - and we'd love to go back.
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