This 19-min VR movie is definitely an amazing, relaxing way to get acquainted with the Hermitage — one of the world’s biggest collection of art, as well as the famous residence of the Russian tsars for three centuries.
I came specifically for the movie, but it could also be a good “dessert” after visiting a collection in the General Staff Building. With the use of special glasses, it gives viewers the illusion of being actually present in a real-life setting and allows them to become participants in the events of a film covering the 18th & 19th centuries and offers them a chance to meet Russian tsars — Elizabeth I, Katherine II, Nikolay I — in the famous halls of the Winter palace and around the masterpieces.
A bonus is a visit to the locations closed for the public: the Winter garden, warehouses and the passages on the roof of the palace. And “the Oscar goes to” the flyover the Neva river and the Palace Square. It’s worth mentioning that the tour around the museum is guided by Konstantin Khabensky, one of Russia’s best-known actors.