The State Hermitage is Russia's largest and one of the largest art, cultural, and historical museums in the world. The museum originates from a collection of artworks that Russian Empress Catherine the Great purchased privately. The major exhibitions of the State Hermitage occupy 365 halls in the Main Museum Complex located in the historical center of Saint Petersburg. The Complex is comprised of six buildings constructed in the 17th-19th centuries. The most significant of them — the Winter Palace — used to be the residence of Russia's royal family. The Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage, and New Hermitage host collections of cultural artifacts and artworks of the ancient world, Western Europe, Russia, and eastern countries, as well as archaeological and numismatic collections. The Main Museum Complex also includes the Hermitage Theater and Zapasnoy Dom (Reserve House).
The Hermitage collection accounts for 3 million artworks and artifacts of global culture, including Russia's only canvases of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo sculpture, as well as the largest collection of Rembrandt outside of the Netherlands. It was calculated that you would need to spend eight sleepless and restless years to observe each museum item for just one minute.
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