A programme for the development of the State Hermitage for a period from 2003 to 2014 was discussed Friday at a Culture Ministry board session.

Culture Minister Mikhail Shvydkoi said that it is not only Russia that is concerned about the Hermitage development programme but the entire international cultural community. “The implementation of this programme is an extremely important matter,” noted Shvydkoi.

Hermitage Director Mikhail Piotrovsky elaborated on the programme’s guidelines, noting that there should be a wider access to the collection with the use of electronic devices, an improvement in the exhibits’ conservation and intensified work to train the artistic taste.

He reported that the Hermitage maintained wide international activity, having opened its permanent expositions in the Netherlands, Great Britain and the United States, apart regular exhibit and research exchanges.

The Hermitage, a crown jewel of the Russian people’s cultural heritage, has about three million museum exhibits, representing the best examples of the world culture of three millennia. It has nine buildings, which for their part are historical and cultural relics.

The Hermitage is visited every year by over 22 million people.

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