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The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia is not only an impressive museum to visit in person, but its online museum is very well done, and includes virtual tours of several parts of the museum. There is so much information on this website and after browsing around, visitors will feel like they have had a personally guided tour of the art collections and the architecture of the buildings. Visitors can learn the history of the Hermitage by clicking on "Hermitage History" near the top of the homepage. The "Timeline" will orient the visitor, and "A Walk Through the Imperial Hermitage" and "The Winter Palace Through the Ages" allows for a look at several different ages of parts of the six building museum. The Digital Collection can be searched or browsed in the usual way, such as by title, artist, year, medium, etc., but IBM's experimental Query By Image Content (QBIC) allows visitors to find "a Gauguin masterpiece simply by recalling the organisation of his subjects or locating a Da Vinci painting by searching for its predominant colours." There are short animated demonstrations to show the visitor how to do a search by color or layout.
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Date Issued 2006
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Scout Publication
Date of Scout Publication 2009-06-26
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/Reports/ScoutReport/2009/scout-090626#3

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Subject: The State Hermitage Museum
Posted By: SanJoseInjuryLawyer
Date Posted: 2009-06-30 09:53:50
I have always dreamed of taking a trip to Russia. The part on the website that shows the exhibitions about Russian culture and archeology is great - it makes my urge to visit that much stronger.