The Hermitage Museum
The State Hermitage Museum possesses one of the world's largest collections gathering nearly 3 million items, including the works of art and artefacts of the world from Stone Age to present time.
The museum occupies six buildings along the embankment of the Neva River. The main role is played by the Winter Palace, a former residence of Russian tsars, built in 1762 and designed by Bartolomeo Rastrelli.
At present, thanks to modern technologies, the museum is creating a numeric version on Internet so that its collections can be seen all over the world.