Art and History Museums St Petersburg

THE STATE HERMITAGE MUSEUM

The State Hermitage is one of the oldest and largest museums in the world. The museum is located within 5 historical buildings of St.Petersburg, including the Winter Palace - the former residence of the Russian tsars. The buildings of the museum, by themselves, are architectural masterpieces. The collections of the Hermitage include over 3 million items dating from prehistoric to modern times. Magnificent works of art embracing prehistoric culture, Egyptian artworks, the art of Antiquity, Scythian gold, and great collections of Western-European paintings and sculptures are displayed in the 400 halls of the museum. Open: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m, SUN till 16.00. Closed on MON.  34, Dvortsovaya Emb.

MENSHIKOV PALACE

The Menshikov Palace was the first stone building to be built in St.Petersburg (architects G.Fontana and J.Schedel). The building served as the palace for  the first  general governor of the city  A.D.Menshikov. In the building, original fragments  have been preserved, among them are the famous Dutch tiles. Open: 10 a.m - 4 p.m. Closed on MON.  15, Universitetskaya Emb.

 

THE STATE RUSSIAN MUSEUM

Opened in 1898 in the Mikhaylovsky Palace (architect C.Rossi), The State Russian Museum holds nearly 400,000 pieces of art, making it  the largest collection of Russian art in the country. The pieces in the collection range from ancient icons to Avant-garde painting from the XX century.

Open: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., MON till 4. Closed on TUE.  2, Inzhenernaya Str.

 

THE MARBLE PALACE

Tha Marble palace is an architectural monument dating back to the middle of the XVIII century (architect A.Rinaldi). Over 30 tints of marble were used for the decoration of the palace, hence the name Marble Palace. Main exhibitions: "Foreign Artists in Russia" (the XVIII-XIX centuries), "Peter Ludvig  in the Russian Museum".

Open: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., MON till 4 p.m. Closed on TUE. 5/11, Millionnaya Str.

 

INZHENERNY (MIKHAILOVSKY) CASTLE

This castle was constructed in order to protect the Russian emperor, Paul I. Ironically, it was here that he was assassinated on the night of March 12, 1801. Beginning in 1817, the castle housed an engineering school, which  many great Russian figures of the past attended, including the writer F.M.Dostoyevsky. Permanent exhibitions: portrait gallery of Russian public figures of the XVIII-XIX centuries, and exposition of sculptural portraits of the XVIII century. Open: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., MON till 4  Closed on TUE.  2, Sadovaya Str.

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THE MUSEUM OF THE RUSSIAN ACADEMY
OF FINE ARTS

 
The museum is located in the historical building of the Academy of Fine Arts. One of the oldest buildings in St.Petersburg, it has been in operation since 1757. The displays hold art from the Russian Academic and   Soviet Schools of painting. 17, Universitetskaya Emb. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Closed on MON, TUE.
APPLIED ART MUSEUM AT ST.PETERSBURG
ARTISTIC-INDUSTRIAL ACADEMY
 
Established in 1878. The museum's building is an original sample of the architectural style of "historicism" (architect M.Messmacher). Its inner decoration reflects almost all historical epochs and styles of art. The collection numbers 30,000 items of applied art dating from ancient through modern times. 13-15, Solyanoy Alley 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
ELAGINOOSTROVSKY PALACE-MUSEUM
 
The Elaginoostrovsky Palace is centrally located in the magnificent palace-and-park ensemble, created in the early XIX century by the architect C.Rossi. The palace houses an exhibition of former imperial residence gala halls. 1 Elagin Ostrov 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed on MON, THU.
THE MUSEUM OF URBAN SCULPTURE

 
The museum is located on the grounds of the Alexander Nevsky Lavra, and displays monumental sculpture and tombstones. Many eminent figures of Russian science and culture (Lomonosov, Dostoyevsky, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Rimsky-Korsakov) and representatives of the Russian aristocracy were buried in the Lavra's Necropolis during the XVIII and XX centuries. 179/2 Nevskiy pr.  10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Closed on THU.
MUSEUM NECROPOLIS (LITERATORSKIYE MOSTKI) The burial place of prominent writers, artists, and public figures. 30 Rasstannaya ul. 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Closed on THU.
THE STROGANOV PALACE The palace is now used as an exhibition hall for the State Russian Museum. Nevskiy pr., 17 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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