Museums in St. Petersburg
Museums in St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg is not without reason referred to by local residents as the gorod muzei or "city of museums."
Academy of Fine Arts Museum - On the bank of the northern bank of the Neva River behind the imported and ancient Egyptian sphinxes.
The Applied Art Museum - One of the more underrated museums in the city, the historic Applied Art Museum boasts permanent exhibits of about 3000 original items .
Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace - This mid-19th century era palace houses the City Cultural Center and has a varied cultural program.
Central Railway Museum - Established in 1813, the museum has more than in-house 50,000 exhibits, which depict the development of the railways in Russia.
The Cottage Palace in Peterhof / Petrodvorets - 30 km west of St. Petersburg on the Gulf of Finland, is the cottage where Peter the Great was quartered while building an estate called Petrodvorets or Peter's Palace.
Cruiser Aurora - Famous for firing the first shot in the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, the cruiser has been turned into a floating museum.
Dostoyevsky Memorial Museum - The museum opened in 1971 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the great Russian novelist. He spent the last years of his life here writing "The Brothers Karamazov" here.
The Hermitage Museum - A world-class museum founded in 1764.
The Marble Palace - A branch of the Russian Museum.
The Mikhailovsky (St. Michael's) Castle - A branch of the Russian Museum The Central Navy Museum - Founding on Peter the Great's decree in 1709, the museum is one of the oldest in the city. The museum is dedicated to Russian naval history.
Peter and Paul Fortress - This is the oldest building in St. Petersburg. Be sure to visit the baroque interior of the SS Peter & Paul cathedral with its landmark golden needle spire.
Alexander Pushkin Museum and Memorial Apartment - The museum honoring the great Russian writer and poet opened in 1949 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Pushkin's birth and is the oldest literary museum in Russia.
Russian Ethnography Museum - Houses an exhibit of the culture and life of the more than 150 peoples of Russia including various adornments, cut objects, embroidery, folk costumes, furs and weapons.
The Russian Museum - Founded in 1898, this is the largest and most complete museum of Russian art. The museum's collection of art is housed in the Mikhailovsky Palace
St Isaac's Cathedral - The lavish interior of the grandiose and skyline-dominating cathedral completed in 1858 and designed by French architect Ricard de Montferrand
The Stroganov Palace - The palace is currently being restored
The Summer Palace Of Emperor Peter The Great - houses a permanent collection of Peter the Great's personal belongings
The Yelagin Palace - Completed in 1822 and designed by renowned architect Karl Rossi, the palace was the summer home of Empress Maria Fedorovna.
The Yusupov Palace - A marvel of 18th and 19th century architecture and home to one of the wealthiest and powerful pre-Revolutionary Russian families, the palace is also famous as the site where Gregory Rasputin was murdered in 1916.
Zoological Museum - The museum has an impressive display of over 40,000 exhibits of fauna from every continent and climate.