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About Us

The Volunteer Service was created in May 2003 to support various State Hermitage Museum departments during the 300th anniversary of St Petersburg. The Director of the Volunteer Service is Mikhail Kozhukhovsky, a junior researcher at the State Hermitage.

Since its founding, the Volunteer Service has become essential to the smooth running of the museum. The Service regularly cooperates with different departments, including the International Archaeology and Antiquities departments.

Our volunteers come from various countries, including Italy, France, Germany, Great Britain, the United States, Spain, China, Pakistan, Peru, the United Arab Emirates, and of course, Russia. Covering a broad age-range, our volunteers include but are not limited to students, linguists, art historians, and journalists. Each volunteer’s unique skills and background contribute to the Service, helping it to develop and to implement a broad variety of projects. Thanks to former volunteers remaining in touch with the museum, the Service has established a wide international network.

Our team consists mainly of young people who relish the chance to gain professional experience as well as an amazing insight into the life of one of the world’s leading museums.