How can I find my way in the Main Complex?
The Main Complex is huge area which you can find confusing. In order to orient yourself better we highly recommend you to take free paper maps before the entrance. They are available in different languages and can help you find the area you're interested in the most.
Besides, there are other options you can use as a helping tool. For example, there is a virtual tour on the website of the museum. You can watch it in advance and feel yourself more comfortable.
Advanced travellers can create their own special route through the museum using a route planner (https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage/trip-planner
) on the website. It can help you to choose the pieces you're most interested in and take your own unique way through the Hermitage.
If you feel like talking, there are always friendly employees in various rooms of the Hermitage. They can give you a wise piece of advice or help to find a particular masterpiece. However, many of them, most likely, speak only Russian. The final tip from us:
If you want a guided tour in English (or any other language) without queueing, you should try to order a tour from GetYourGuide platform. It offers various tours to the Hermitage with a ticket included. The price depends on the duration of the tour and offered services.
We hope you will have unforgettable time in the Hermitage and find our tips useful.