Treasure Galleries

Containing the Hermitage's most valuable collections of jewelry and gold, these heavily guarded galleries in two parts of the museum's first floor are entered on a separate ticket. For visitors who have the time, this is a remarkable collection of priceless artifacts, from ancient Scythian and Greek goldwork to exquisite decorations from St. Petersburg's court jewelers, including Carl Faberge.

Faberge jewelry made in St Petersburg, Russia
Faberge jewelry

Although the modern, high-security displays are somewhat soulless in comparison to the rest of the Hermitage, the opulence of the exhibits on display is overwhelming, including exquisite Scythian shield ornaments from the Crimea, jewel-encrusted icon casings, and intriguing historical curios such as Sir Francis Drake's pendant.

Entrance to the Treasure Galleries is by guided tour only.