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Under Nicholas I the Hermitage was reconstructed (1840–52), and it was opened to the public in 1852.
The Investigative Committee, the nation's top investigative agency, said a device containing 200 grams (seven ounces) of explosives went off at a storage area for customers' bags.
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With over 3 million items in its collection, it also definitely rewards repeat visits, and new-comers can only hope to get a brief taste of the riches on offer here, from Impressionist masterpieces to fascinating Oriental treasures.
One estimate has it that you would need eleven years to view each exhibit on display for just one minute, so many visitors prefer to organize a guided tour to ensure they have time to catch all the collection's highlights.
Fortunately, there was no sound with the four-minute clip and most children on the ice did not even notice the rude interruption.
The ice rink was installed in the shopping centre as somewhere for parents to leave their children while they shop in peace.
Among them is one of the world’s richest collections of western European painting since the Middle Ages, including many masterpieces by Renaissance Italian and Baroque Dutch, Flemish, and French painters. The Hermitage also has extensive holdings of Asian art; especially noteworthy is its collection of the art of Central Asia.
The largest of several satellite museums at home and abroad, the Hermitage Amsterdam, opened in the Netherlands in June 2009.
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