Individual Memberships in the Hermitage Friends’ Club

  • "When, more than 20 years ago, I saw the announcement of the convocation of the Hermitage Friends Club in one of the St. Petersburg newspapers, suddenly it dawned upon me that this is my bag, because the Hermitage for me has always been a special place as a personification and quintessence of the beloved City. So I was among a handful of lucky founders of this wonderful community. For many years of membership in the Club and communication with its remarkable staff, the Hermitage has become like a home for me, where I always come with some kind of solemn joy in my heart. True, in the endless museum corridors I still can get lost, but it's also a joy - the Hermitage cannot be learned by heart, it's a whole life challenge."
    Susanne Brammerloh
  • "The word “museum” is too weak to describe The Hermitage. Its palaces and halls are instead like a capital city of art. The Winter Palace was designed as an imperial residence, and it long served that purpose. Even now, when the Hermitage Friends meet in the Winter Palace, the palace feels more like a grand home than a museum. With the tables in the entrance hall piled high with food, with a string quartet playing on the grand staircase, with a party in full progress, and with children running and playing in the vast halls, you can see that the building was designed for this kind of event.
    The Fulbright Exchange Program sent me to teach in Saint Petersburg State University in 2004. When I applied for a grant, people in Washington DC first kindly asked me what I wanted, and I replied that I wanted to retire in America and spend the rest of my life in the art museum, the opera, and the ballet. “Leave it to us,” they said, and they sent me here. I then settled here, and I still teach at the university. I feel very lucky."
    John Taylor
  • "Being a member of the Hermitage Friends’ Club for more than 10 years makes me feel like a full participant in the Museum’s cultural life. The entrance to the museum without waiting in line, visiting traditional meetings organized exclusively for the Hermitage Friends, participation in the openings of all significant exhibitions and events, meetings with the very people who create contemporary art and preserve the great heritage of the past – this is just a small part of the package of benefits that comes with being a Hermitage Friend. I especially appreciate the Friends’ Club staff, their attitude toward each participant, their enthusiasm for work and their high problem solving skills. I wish the Club further prosperity, fruitful development, bright events and new members."
    Zhanna Shevtsova
    President of Foundation for Support of Cultural Initiatives “Tradition”

The State Hermitage Museum invites you to participate in its special international program – The Hermitage Friends’ Club. Any private individual who has made a donation to one of the museum’s development projects is entitled to become a Friend of the Hermitage.

The following Membership Levels are offered depending on the sum of your donation made to the account of the State Hermitage Museum for the implementation of a specific program (project):
 

Category

Amount
(rouble equivalent)*
Program participants
Individual            100 US dollars card holder
Family 150 US dollars one family (two adults and children of pre-/school age)

Joint 

 
300 US dollars card holder with one guest
Fellow  500 US dollars card holder with two guests

Patron

2000 US dollars card holder with four guests

*At the exchange rate set by the Central Bank of the Russian Federation on the date of donation. Citizens (residents) of the Russian Federation can make charitable donations either in cash or by non-cash payment (bank card). Donations from non-residents of the Russian Federation must be made by a non-cash payment (bank card).

All memberships are renewable annually.

The personal membership card

All Hermitage Friends receive personal membership cards of the Hermitage Friends’ Club.

Personal Membership Card entitles its holder, according to the Membership Level chosen, to participate in the special program of visiting temporary exhibitions of the State Hermitage Museum, including the permanent displays and the Hermitage centers in Russia and abroad (St. Petersburg, Kazan, Vyborg, Amsterdam).

Card holders receive invitations to special events organized exclusively for the Hermitage Friends.

For Fellow Members and Patrons, the Hermitage Friends’ Club organizes a special tour of one of the Treasure Galleries (Diamond Treasury or Gold Treasury).

For Joint Members, Fellows and Patrons additional events are organized.

Card holders are welcome to enter the Museum from the Komendantsky entrance of the Winter Palace, where they can use the cloakroom.

Benefits from our partners

  • The Official Hotel of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg

    The Official Hotel of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg

    191119 St. Petersburg, Russia
    10 Ulitsa Pravdy

    Tel: +7 (812) 777-98-10
    Fax: +7 (812) 777-98-11

    E-mail: info@thehermitagehotel.ru
    http://thehermitagehotel.ru

    Privileges available to members of the Hermitage Friends’ Club:

    • 20% discount on direct bookings of up to 5 rooms, and 20% off your bills in the Catherine the Great and Michelangelo restaurants and the Lobby Bar
    • over 20% discount for bookings of 6 or more rooms (exact figure subject to individual agreement)
    • free room upgrades when available

    Discount is given to Hermitage Friends’ Club members only when booking through the Official Hermitage Hotel website http://thehermitagehotel.ru. To receive the discount you must present a personal membership card of the Hermitage Friends’ Club when checking in.

  • Smolensk Diamonds Jewellery Group

    Smolensk Diamonds Jewellery Group

    2, Shkadova street, Smolensk, 214031 Russia
    Tel.: +7 (4812) 61-11-78, fax: +7 (4812) 62-26-94

    E-mail: s.office@smolenskdiamonds.ru
    http://www.smolenskdiamonds.ru

    Privileges provided to Hermitage Friends’ Club members when buying jewellery in the official boutiques of the Smolensk Diamonds group:

    • 7% discount on presenting a personal Hermitage Friends’ Club membership card and photo identification
    • 10% discount on presenting a personal gold Hermitage Friends’ Club membership card and photo identification
  • The Hermitage Museum shops

    The Hermitage Museum shops

    Contact:
    +7(812)7109676 (administrator)

    The State Hermitage Museum
    Dvortsovaya Embankment, 34 

    The General Staff Building
    6/8, Dvortsovaya Square

    Menshikov Palace
    15, Universitetskaya Embankment

    Privileges provided to Hermitage Friends’ Club members when buying in the Hermitage Museum shops located in the Winter Palace, the General Staff building and the Menshikov Palace:

    • 20% discount on the majority of items;
    • 10% discount on jewelry, Alpha factory products, amber dishes, and marble sculpture.
    Discounts do not apply to the following products: stonecutting miniature, exclusive jewelry, IPM sculpture, bronze sculpture, Tolstoy medallions, GE catalogs and books, foreign publishers' books, Nautilus cups, items from Tsarskoye Selo Amber.

    To obtain the privileges, you must present a personal Hermitage Friends’ Club membership card.

  • Restaurant in the Menshikov Palace

    Restaurant in the Menshikov Palace

    199034 Saint Petersburg, Russia
    Universitatskaya embankment, 15
    Menshikov Palace
    Tel: +7 (812) 928-03-28
    mein-herz.ru
    nashpiter.ru

    Privileges provided to members of the Hermitage Friends’ Club:

    • 15% discount on menu on presenting a valid silver personal card of the Hermitage Friends’ Club;
    • 20% discount on menu on presenting a valid gold personal card of the Hermitage Friends’ Club.
Please note that the issue and activation of membership cards is handled by the Hermitage Friends’ Club office. Anyone who wishes to join the Hermitage Friends’ Club programme can do so directly in the museum by contacting the Club’s office.
Individual Membership
Contact

The State Hermitage Museum, 19000 Saint Petersburg, 34 Palace Embankment.
(Komendantsky entrance to the Winter Palace from the Palace Square).

Tel.: +7 (812) 710 9005
E-mail: hermitage.friends@hermitage.ru

Head of International Hermitage Friends' Club
Svetlana Filippova