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  • Wheelchair Accessibility of The State Hermitage Museum in Russia

  • Josh_Grisdale

    July 13, 2018 at 9:01 pm


    I have been to exhibits from The State Hermitage Museum at my city art museum a number of times and am always amazed that I am only seeing a small fraction of the art that the museum in St Petersburg has to offer.

    Obviously, I would love to go in person one day.  However, I use a large electric / power wheelchair.  Is it possible to see the museum?  If so, how much is wheelchair accessible?


  • atf-admin

    July 13, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    Maybe @accessiblerussia can help answer this question?

  • accessiblerussia

    July 13, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    Good afternoon, Josh!

    The main building of the Hermitage Museum (Winter Palace) is fully accessible for all types of wheelchairs for entrance and viewing of the exhibition. Our company always includes visit to the Hermitage in the standard city tour, the program of which you can find on our official website – We will be glad to assist in the organization of your visit to the cultural capital of Russia!

    It should also be noted that the paintings of the Impressionists have recently been exhibited in the General Staff Building, where there are small thresholds between the halls that complicate movement. You can see them in the last photo.




  • Josh_Grisdale

    July 14, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Good to know, you guys are very knowledgeable!

  • hfbnetherlands

    July 16, 2018 at 1:02 am

    Hi Josh,

    My husband and I have been there in I think 2012 or 2013 (by a cruise, we arranged visa by our selves and took a taxi to the hermitage). My husband has a manual wheelchair and I can fold it. We had a greath time in the Hermitage and got help when we needed and could walk quiet in our own way between the periods we got help. I am not sure about a toilet but we have been there for hours, zo I think there has been one… I also recommend the Rusian Museum. It is very nice, less people and has also good acces, but you have to ask for a bit more help because ther are more stairs. The only problem we had in st Petersburg was finding a way to cross the street, the pavement was often to hight to leave it..

    Have fun!


  • Josh_Grisdale

    July 16, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    Thanks for the advice!  What is the Rusian Museum? Is it art or history?


  • hfbnetherlands

    July 17, 2018 at 3:21 am

    Hi Josh, art, see:

    Best Regards! Heleen

  • Josh_Grisdale

    July 17, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Great, thank you soooo much!

  • elenarst

    June 1, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    Hi! My name is Elena and we are a local tour operator in St Petersburg. A couple of days ago we hat an accessible tour to the Hermitage Museum. As it was privte the skip-the-line system went well so I just wanted to give some notes on the Hermitage admission so later on others would know them before they go.

    In the museum there are two (four really but the other two are not wheel chair accessible) main entrances – from the court yard and from the river. Those who venture the court yard admission take the left wing entrance, it is equipped with a propper ramp. The manager in the museum will help you get in. The wardrobe does not have a ramp which means you need to take off the coat and give it to your tour leader so they’ll take care of it. In the museum there are a lot of people it’s better to stick to the same manager and ask to let you through the ticket control separately.

    For travelers from the embankment (the one with skip-the-line) the ticket control is different but there are people to help you as well.

    The museum has elevators inside so you will be able to see as much as others.

    We are currently trying to adjust more museums to the accessible tours and if you have any recommendaions on logistics we’d greatly appreciate that. How much time does it take to get in and off the van? Do you need an extra person to carry the whell cheir. The tour is here

    We hope to adjust it as much as possible to make the tour stress free. 32

  • azaleeboy

    June 1, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    That looks like a great tour!

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