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Hermitage History.part 3

Sep - 24 - 2013

Hermitage Museum

Hundreds of thousands of remarkable objects of art, and monuments of the history of culture added to the Hermitage collections during the Soviet period, not only supplemented and enlarged the old funds but provided for the possibility of creating new departments, devoted to the culture of primitive society, as well as to the history of culture and art of both Soviet and foreign countries of the East, and to the history of culture of Russia. On account of the increase of the collections, there arose the necessity of a larger space for the museum; as early as during the first years of the Soviet Power a considerable part of the Winter Palace was given over to the Museum, while after the second World War the Whole of the palace was occupied by its collections.
During the recent decades the Hermitage became an important scientific centre possessing a staff of specialists whose duty is to keep, restore, study, exhibit, and popularize the works of art treasured in it. The number of people visiting the museum grows every year. Numerous groups and individual visitors coming from all parts of our vast country daily pass through its exhibition rooms; it is visited by numerous foreign guests: delegations of scientists, artists, tourists. While in 1914 it was visited by 166,000 men, in 1955 year the number of visitors amounted to a tremendous figure of above 1,200,000. The Museum carries on a wide educational and scientific work; in addition to different kinds of guided visitors and consultations for individual visitors, courses of lectures on art and culture are delivered in special lecturing halls; students of artistic schools as well as artists, and groups of school-children study art under special instructors. There are guide-hooks to all main exhibitions. The Hermitage publishes a bulletin in which all the current events in the life of the museum are reflected; scientific papers and catalogues are also continually published. The Museum keeps on growing partly due to purchases, and partly as a result of archeological expeditions, investigating in different partS of our country.

V.F. Levinsol – Lessing

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