THE MUSEUM OF MUSIC
PALACE (FONTANNY DOM)
Behind ornately constructed fences, not
far from the bustle of Nevsky Prospekt,
lies a splendid palace and its
magnificent courtyard. The palace, which
is commonly known as the Fountain House. The palace is
the former estate of Count Sheremetyev,
and it is one of the few mansions in St.
Petersburg to have remained the property
of a single family until the time of the
revolution. Five generations of
Sheremetyevs resided within the Fountain
House and its history dates back to the
early 18th century. In 1712, Field
Marshal Boris Sheremetyev, who was
regarded as the hero of Poltava, was
rewarded for his accomplishments when Peter
1st presented Boris with
the plot of land on which the palace
would be built. In 1750, Peter Sheremetyev (the son of the hero of
Poltava), resided on the premises
following the construction of a new
sumptuous palace. The visitors to the
palace included Catherine the Great, and
her son Emperor Paul I. The serf actress
Praskovya Zhemchugova was also a guest
when she was brought to the Fountain
House by the estate's third owner, Count
In the first 200 years of its
existence the Sheremetyev Palace
witnessed a great deal of change. During
Soviet times the palace housed two
museums before finally being designated
as The Institute of the Arctic and
Antarctic. Since 1997 the
palace's gallery wing has housed St.
Petersburg's extensive collection of
musical instruments. The origin of the
collection dates back to the 1880s when
it was started by the Head of the Court
Orchestra, Baron Stakelberg. Today the
collection contains over 3000 pieces. A
set of horns that formed a single
orchestra (a peculiar Russian cultural
phenomenon) are of particular interest
to visitors. The display also features
more than 400 flutes (including some
from Alexander 1st's collection), Amati
and Stradivarius violins, a spinet from
1532, instruments once owned by Glinka,
Tchaikovsky, and Anton Rubinstein and
other rare items.
Open: 12 a.m. - 6 p.m. Closed on Monday,
Tuesday, and on the last Wednesday of every month.
34 Fontanka River Emb..
MUSEUM OF THEATRE AND MUSIC
The Museum of Theatre and Music was
established in Petrograd (now St.
Petersburg) in 1918. Today the museum
collection consists of portraits and
documents from the Alexandra Theatre.
The collection is based around the
history of Russian and Western European
Theatres during the 18th and 19th
centuries. There are over 400,000 unique
exhibits within the halls of this
Open: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. WED: 13 a.m. to
Closed on Tuesday
6, Ostrovskogo Sq.
MUSEUM OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
The Museum of Musical Instruments was
founded in 1902 and now holds one of the
world's largest collections of musical
instruments. The collections include
several instruments formerly owned by
famous musicians and masters of music.
Open: 12 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Monday
5, Isaakievskaya Sq..
APARTMENT-MUSEUM OF F.I.SHALYAPIN
This museum is located in the house
which was formerly inhabited by the
famous Russian opera singer F.I.Shalyapin. Shalyapin lived in
this particular residence from
1914-1921. The museum was opened, after
extensive restorations. Today,
the exhibition consists of personal
items, documents, photographs,
theatrical costumes, and scenery
sketches pertaining to the singer's
Open: 12 a.m. - 6 p.m. Closed on Monday
and Tuesday and on the last Friday of every month.
2, Graftio Str.
MUSEUM OF N.A.RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
The Apartment Museum of N.A.
Rimsky-Korsakov is the only museum in St. Petersburg dedicated to a composer.
The apartment, in which the museum is
located, was the former residence of the
great composer during the last 15 years
of his life (1893- 1908). The exhibition
consists of four rooms which have been
preserved to match their appearance
during the time that Rimsky- Korsakov
inhabited them. The rooms which have
been restored to their original form are
the composer's study, the parlour,
dining room, and hall. In addition to
the exhibition concerts are also held
here on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday -
check ahead to see if this is till
Open: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Closed on Mondays
as well as the last Friday of every month.
28, Zagorodnyy Prosp.