On April 22, 2016 the State Hermitage Museum opened two permanent exhibitions of the Numismatic Department: Money in the History of World Culture and Medal Art in 18th – early 20th century Russia presenting over six thousand exhibits. Money in the History of World Culture exhibition gives an overall picture of money circulation: from primitive means of exchange to modern day European currencies and plastic bank cards. The core of the Medal Art in 18th – early 20th century Russia exhibition – an exceptional selection of medals reflecting major events in Russian history – various awards, memorial tokens etc. allow the visitors to trace back the development of the art of medal-making in Russia; medal-making started in Russia under Peter I and his monetary reform in the early 18th century.
8 December 2015 marked the opening of five new exhibitions of the Department of the Ancient World on the second and third floors of the E-building, part of the Staraya Derevnya Restoration and Storage Centre: Ancient Architecture; Ancient Necropolis; Ancient Amphorae; Wooden Sarcophagi and Ancient Inscriptions displaying some 700 archaeological objects found on the territory of the Greek city-colonies in the Northern Black Sea region. Chronologically the exhibits of the new open storage facilities span the whole ancient period in the history of those settlements, from the 7th century BC to the 4th century AD.
December 29, 2015 the Hermitage Museum unveiled Carl Fabergé Memorial Rooms – a new permanent display in the General Staff Building. The rooms present the legacy of one of Russia’s leading jewelry firms, founded by the famous Carl Fabergé, also showing how jewelry-making and lapidary art has developed with time and featuring works by contemporary craftsmen. The two permanent display rooms contain 110 exhibits, while in the third room is used for temporary exhibitions.
In December 2014, to mark the Hermitage 250th anniversary, the museum opened new permanent displays in the General Staff Building. Recently restored rooms in the East Wing now house a new museum complex featuring 19th century painting, works by impressionists and post-impressionists from the famous Shchukin and Morozov collections, as well as collections of Russian and European applied art. The complex also boasts of special venues for contemporary art exhibitions, Imperial Guard Museum and Carl Fabergé Memorial Rooms. Refurbished areas also include historical interiors – state rooms of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Empire, private quarters of Chancellor Karl Nesselrode, and rooms that used to house Ministry of Finance.