TOURS TO THE CITIES OF RUSSIA
TRIP TO ST. PETERSBURG
MUSEUMS OF ST. PETERSBURG
St. Petersburg is often called a museum city. Its museums house multitudinous collections of world art and culture.
The first public museum in Russia, Kunstkammer, is stemming from the first collection of rarities brought together by the Russian emperor, Peter the Great. The academic research expeditions of
18th, 19th, and 20th centuries were replenishing the museum with more and more exhibits. The researchers crossed Siberia, Kamchatka, and several times reached the shore of Antarctica traveling round the world. The museum of
Anthropology and Ethnography named after Peter the Great keeps unique articles that illustrate culture of different nations.
Being in St. Petersburg you cannot help visiting the Hermitage, which is the real treasure-house where over 5 million works of arts are kept and exhibited. Catherine the Second was the founder of this collection. The collection of the Emperor Museum was being actively replenished during
18th and 19th centuries. After the coup of 1917, a lot of works of art from socialized tsar palaces and private collections were transferred to the Hermitage. Picture-gallery is the oldest and the most popular collection of the Hermitage. It reflects the main stages of development of fine arts, from the late Middle Ages, till the present time. The works of the greatest masters of Western Europe form a substantial part of the collection. The
Russian Museum is the biggest picture gallery dedicated to Russian fine arts from ancient Russia to the present time. The museum was conceived as the Emperor Museum of Alexander the Third. In 1917 it was renamed into the
State Russian Museum. Main exhibits are exposed in the halls of the
Mikhailovsky Palace, which by itself is a masterpiece of Russia classical architecture. You can find here the vast collection of canvases created by Russian and Soviet artists, together with works of Russian art of the 2oth century from avant-guard till the present days.
Peter and Paul Fortress is historical
and architectonic monument of the Peter the Great Epoch. The museum of St.
Petersburg history is located in the Superintendent house in its territory. You can see the development of the city from its start till the present days in this museum. Such buildings as
Peter and Paul Cathedral, Grand Dukes Burial-vault, Boat house, Engineering House are located in the territory of the Fortress.
The State Museum of Ethnography keeps a great many of exhibits dedicated to traditions, life-style, and culture of all nations, nationalities, and ethnic groups of Russia and the former Soviet Union. The exhibits of the
Central Naval Museum as well as the Museum of Artillery, Sappers, and Intercommunication illustrate the history of development of Russian military science.
Literary and theater museums form the special group of institutions. The Memorial apartment of
A.S. Pushkin, the Literary
Memorial Museum of F.M. Dostoevsky, the Memorial apartment of N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov bring back the memories of the great Russian poets, writers, composers, and artists.
By tradition, a great many of exhibitions are held in St. Petersburg every day, starting from sumptuous opening days in the most prestigious halls, to very informal exhibitions of unconventional art. You can find a lot of modern art galleries, as well as antiquary saloons, and shops.
- STATE HERMITAGE
- STATE RUSSIAN MUSEUM.
- MARBLE PALACE
- MIKHAYLOVSKY (ENGINEERS’) CASTLE
- STROGANOV PALACE
- MUSEUM OF THE RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS
Working since 1757, this is one of the oldest art museums in the
city. It is located in the building of the Russian Academy of Arts. Temporary exhibits of modern artists and graduates of the
University Emb. 17. Metro: Vasileostrovskaya
Open Wed. –
Sun. 11 a.m. -- 6 p.m. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
- MUSEUM OF CITY SCULPTURE
The museum is located on the territory of the Alexander Nevsky
Monastery. 18th and 19th century necropolis.
Nevsky Prosp. 179/2. Metro: Alexander Nevsky Square
Open Fri - Wed 10
a.m. -- 7 p.m. Closed on Thursdays
HISTORY MUSEUMS AND PLACES
- CABIN OF PETER THE GREAT
The first dwelling house in St.
Petersburg. The exhibition includes the Tsar’s personal things and a boat that he
Petrovskaya Emb. 6 Metro: Gorkovskaya
Open Wed-Mon 10 a. m. – 4
p. m. Closed on Tuesdays and on the last Monday of each month
- PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS THE MUSEUM OF THE HISTORY OF
- PETER THE GREAT'S PALACE IN THE SUMMER GARDENS
The palace was built to the design of D.Trezzini in 1710-1714. Its
well-preserved interiors house 18th-century furniture, Peter I's clothes his
workshop with the period lathes.
The summer Gardens. Metro Gostinny Dvor/ Nevsky Prospekt.
- PETER THE GREAT'S COTTAGE
It was the ferst home of Peter the Great in St. Petersburg. This small
wooden building has been preserved from the early days of the city thanks to
special stone structure put up tp protect it in 1844. In 1930 it was
openedas museum displaying Peter I's personal belongings and authentic items
from his epoch.
Petrovskaya nab.6. Metro Gorkovskaya
- ST ISAAC'S CATHEDRAL (MUSEUM)
- RUSSIAN MUSEUM OF ETHNOGRAPHY
- MENSHIKOV PALACE (branch of the State Hermitage)
- YUSUPOV PALACE
- MUSEUM OF ARTILLERY, ENGINEERING FORCES, AND SIGNAL TROOPS
- CENTRAL NAVAL MUSEUM
- MILITARY MEDICAL MUSEUM OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION DEFENCE MINISTRY
The museum exhibition cover the history of military medical services from
the 18th century till the present time.
Lazaretny per.,2 . Metro: Pushkinskaya
- CRUISER AURORA
- ALEXANDER SUVOROV MUSEUM
The museum exhibition surveys the
stages of the life and activity of the glorious Russian military commander.
Money for the museum was donated by common people from all parts of the
country and the exposition was opened in 1904.
Kirochnaya ul., 43
- MONUMENT OF THE HEROIC DEFENDERS OF LENINGRAD
The largest martial museum in the world. It's located in the building of the old Arsenal. The collection of the museum numbers about 500,000 items: examples of armaments, military uniforms, banners, orders, battle relics of the Russian Army. The
monument unveiled in 1975 was created by the architest S.Speransky and the
Ploshchad pobedy. Metro - Moscovskaya.
Open Wednesday - Sunday, from 11.00 am to 05.00 pm.
Closed Monday, Tuesday and last Thursday.
- PISKARYOVKA CEMETRY
- MUSEUM OF THE RAILWAYS
The museum exhibition gives an overview of the history of the Russian
railways. Work gear, and a collection of bridge models, including those of
St. Petersburg are on display.
Sadovaya St. 50. Metro: Sadovaya
Open Sun–Thurs. 11
a.m. – 5.30 p.m. Closed on Fridays, Saturdays and on the last Tuesday of each month
- CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST
- MUSEUM OF RUSSIA POLITICAL HISTORY
The museum occupies the former residence of the ballet dancer Matilda
Kshesinskaya. Some of the revolutionary events of 1917 took place in this
house built by A.Gogen in 1904 - 1906.
Kuibysheva ul., 2-4 Metro: Gorkovskaya
- HISTORY MUSEUM OF WAX FIGURES
- "THE CROSSES" ("KRESTY") MUSEUM
The museum exhibition focuses on the history of the most notorious St
Petersburg prison and conditions in which its prisoners held.
Arsenalnaya nab., 7. Metro Ploshchad Lenina
- PETER THE GREAT MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY AND ETHNOGRAPHY – THE KUNSTKAMMER
- ZOOLOGICAL MUSEUM
The exhibitions show the origin and development of the Earth’s animal
life. The collection includes over 17 million animal species, 500,000 of which are on
University Emb. 1/3. Metro: Vasileostrovskaya
Sat-Thurs. 11 a.m. -- 5 p.m. Closed Fri
- ALEXANDER PUSHKIN'S MEMORIAL FLAT
- ANNA AKHMATOVA MUSEUM (FONTANNY DOM)
The flat is located in the
wing of the former Sheremetyev Palace ("Fontanny House") built in
1746-1750 to the design of S.Chevakinsky and F.Argunov. The original look of the flat where
Anna Akhmatova lived in 1933-1941 and 1944-1954. An exhibition on her life and work.
Embankment, 34 (entrance from Liteiny Prospect, 53). Metro: Gostiny Dvor / Nevsky Prospect
Sat-Thurs. 10.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. Closed Mon. and the last Wed. of each
- MUSEUM OF F. M. DOSTOYEVSKY (DOSTOEVSKY MEMORIAL FLAT)
flat where the eminent writer spent his last years (from 1878 till 1881). The interior of the writer’s flat has been
reconstructed. The exhibition points out the different stages of the writer’s
Kuznechnyj per., 5/2. Metro: Dostoevskaya
Open Tu-Sun 11 a.m. -- 5.30
p.m. Closed Mon and the last Wed of each month.
- MUSEUM OF THE PLEKHANOV MINING INSTITUTE
The museum boasts one of the finest collections in the world demonstrating
the composition of the earth's crust. It has dozens of thousands of minerals
from all parts of the world and hundreds of models showing the history of
mining and metallurgical technology in Russia.
- EXHIBITION HALLS HORSE GUARDS MANEGE CENTRAL EXHIBITION HALL
Square, 1 Metro: Nevsky Prospect
- MIKHAYLOVSKY MANEGE
Manezhnaya Square, 2. Metro: Gostiny Dvor /
- LENEXPO EXHIBITION CENTER
Bolshoy Prosp. Vassilievsky Island, 103.
Metro: Vasileostrovskaya / Primorskaya
- "LITERATORSKYE MOSTKY" MEMORIAL NECROPOLIS OF RUSSIAN WRITERS
Rasstannaya ul.,30. Metro: Ligovsky prospekt
- MEMORIAL FLAT OF THE SATIRIST MIKHAIL ZOSHCHENKO
Malaya Koniushennaya ul., 42. Metro: Gostiny Dvor / Nevsky Prospect
- MUSEUM OF ALEXANDER POPOV, THE INVENTOR OF RADIO
Professora Popova ul., 5. Metro Petrogradskaya.
- MENDELEYEV METEOROLOGY MUSEUM
Moscovsky prosp., 19.
- MUSEUM OF THE ARCTIC AND ANTARCTIC
The most important sections of the museum deal with the history of
theexploration and study of the Arctick and Antarctic by Russian scientists.
Marata ul., 24A. Metro Vladimirovskaya, Dostoyevskaya
- VLADIMIR NABOKOV MEMORIAL HOUSE
The outstanding Russian-born American novelist his young years in this
house. He left Russian in 1919.
Bolshaya Morscaya ul., 47