Today we visit virtually one of the world’s largest and most prestigious museums, the State Hermitage Museum. Its foundation dates back to 1764, when Empress Catherine the Great acquired an impressive collection of works from the Berlin merchant Johann Ernst Gotzkowsky. It is located in the historical center of St Petersburg (which is inscribed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites) on the Neva embankment, and consists of the Winter Palace, the Small Hermitage, the Great (Old) Hermitage, the Hermitage Theatre, the New Hermitage and the Reserve House of the Winter Palace. The collection of the State Hermitage includes over 3 million works of art and world culture artifacts containing paintings, graphic works, sculptures, works of applied art, archaeological artifacts and numismatic objects. The museum celebrates the anniversary of its founding each year on 7 December, St Catherine’s Day.