Generous support provided for the museum by its Friends across the world makes a significant contribution to the preservation and development of the State Hermitage.
The projects they are engaged in are carried out within the framework of the special international programme entitled the Hermitage Friends’ Club. A large number of well-known international and Russian companies, charity foundations and private individuals have already joined the Club. By becoming members of the Hermitage Friends’ Club they play an important role in the museum’s life and help to preserve its treasures for generations to come.
Founded in November 1996, the Hermitage Friends’ Club became the first society of the Friends of the museum in Russia. Since then to be a friend of the Hermitage has become a well-entrenched tradition. Today the Hermitage Friends’ Club is considered to be the longest lasting among the other Russian societies of the Friends of the museums. The information about the programmes implemented with the Friends’ support is regularly published in the Annual Report of the State Hermitage Museum.
During this period the Club’s regular corporate members have provided a solid base of financial assistance, while the contributions of private individuals have made it possible to complete numerous museum projects. Over the years, the Hermitage Friends’ Club programme has funded many projects, including restoration of museum exhibits and museum halls, implementation of research and educational programmes, improvement of visitor access to the museum, as well as the purchase of new exhibits. Upon joining the Club or renewing their membership after one year, Friends are free to choose projects based upon their preferences.
As time goes by, this programme continues to generate enormous interest; the number of the museum’s Friends in St. Petersburg steadily increases from year to year. We are extremely proud that most of the companies and private individuals who joined the Friends’ Club have remained Friends to this date. All of this gives us confidence in our bright common future.
The State Hermitage invites all those interested to participate in the special international Hermitage Friends’ Club programme!