Museums, Saint Petersburg
The State Memorial Museum of the Fieldmarshal Alexander Suvorov the Count of Rymnik and Duke of Italy (1730-1800) was founded in 1904 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. That museum is dedicated to the best Russian military leader Fieldmarshal A.V. Suvorov the Count of Rymnik, the Duke of Italy, the Count of the Holly Roman Empire, the Grand and the Prince of Blood of the Kingdom of Sardinia, since 1799 also the Generalissimo of Russian Ground and Naval Forces, General Fieldmarshal of Russian, Austrian and Sardinian Combined Armed Forces. Within seventy years of his life Suvorov commanded Russian and Allied troops in seventy battles and never lost a single one. He took part in the Seven Years War 1756-1763, Suppression of Bar Confederacy insurrection in Poland 1769-1772, Russo-Turkish wars of 1768-1774 and 1787-1792, Suppression of Pugachiov rebellion in 1774-1775, Suppression of Polish insurrection of 1794, Italian and Swiss campaigns against France 1799-1800.
Museum’s collections display the uniforms, weapon, battle paintings, colors and combat trophies of Russian Imperial Army. This is the typical must see place for any fan of military history.
Address: 43, Kirochnaya Street, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Access: ten minutes by walk from the metro station “Chernyshevskaya”.
Situated a brisk walk or marshrutka ride from Vasileostrovskaya metro, this small museum has the feel of a community place. Privately operated, there are several displays showing dolls from throughout Russia as well as different puppets. The museums hosts regular exhibits handiworks of local artists working in the city.
Admission 50-150Rbl. Last Monday of the month FREE admission for ALL visitors.
Open 10:00 - 18:00.
VO, Ul. Kamskaya 8
Small but well designed, the Metropolitan Museum traces the development of St. Petersburg’s metro system and also contains exhibits about the metro systems in London, New York and other provinces in Russia. With life-sized models of the carriages, old fashioned mechanisms and uniforms of Metro personnel, as well as Metro staff medals, books and an assortment of old carriage light fixtures, the collection recreates the feel of the Metro through its opening in 1940 to current day.
Open 10:00 - 16:00. Fri 10:00 - 14:00. Closed Sat, Sun and public holidays.
Ul. Odoevskogo 29
The Saint-Petersburg Toy Museum is a member of the Union of Museums of Russia. It was established in 1997 as a non-state cultural establishment, subsided by private companies. It is the second museum of toys in Russia after the oldest Artistic-educational museum of that kind in Sergiev Posad near Moscow, which treats pedagogic problems mainly.
The Saint-Petersburg Toy Museum was established as an artistic museum with the main task of collecting, storing, exposing and studying a toy not only as a unique item of material culture, but also as a unique art form, that includes ancient national traditions and the most recent artistic tendencies.
It was the insight to a toy as to the synthetic art form, existing in complex connection between the aesthetic and playing functions, and possessing the richest palette of artistic means, that predetermined the allocation of the collection of author’s artistic toy (partly represented in the “Petersburg Toy” album) as being the main museum fund. It is this very collection that predetermines the specificity and uniqueness of the Saint-Petersburg Museum.
This enchanting little museum contains several rooms of various antique and modern toys. There are dolls from 16th century and teddy bears, miniature tea sets, figurines, Russian dolls and dolls’ houses.
The Museum of the breakthrough the blockade of Leningrad.
That military museum is situated forty kilometers east from Saint Petersburg on the left bank of the river Neva. This is the place where the Soviet Army started the offensive on January 12, 1943 and by January 30 unblocked the city. Museum has small but very good collection of WW II Soviet tanks. All tanks were drowned in the river Neva during in 1941-1943 and found within last decade. Many tanks which had no combat damages were still operatable despite sixty years under water. Museum also has the diorama showing the scenes from the first day of Soviet Army offensive on January 12, 1943.
Access to museum: tourist can get it by car (the best option) or public buses #565 and 575 from the bus stop near the metro station “Ulitsa Dybenko” at Saint Petersburg.
Working time from Monday through Sunday, from 11:00 -18:00
As Dostoevsky is one of my favorite writers, I just had to make a pilgrimage to the Dostoevsky Museum. It's located in what was his last flat in St. Petersburg, where he wrote The Brothers Karamazov.
The museum consists of two parts, one focusing on his life (in the five-room flat), and the other on his art (another exhibit with manuscripts and artifacts from his working life).
I felt it was a good value for the modest fee and it brought me closer to the spirit of the writer. It's worthwhile to rent the English tour on headphones.
Across the road to the left from the Maritime Museum, in long, yellow building with a less-than-noticeable entrance - you'll find another of the amazing collections that are a feature of so many of Russia's museums.
This is the Museum of Zoology, with room after room full of cases and dioramas featuring just about every animal that walks the earth and bird that flies - and some that are long, long gone. The stars of the show are definitely the 44,000 year old woolly mammoth found in 1902 and the baby mammoth that was discovered in 1977, but there is something for everyone - mammals, birds, reptiles, insects and all sorts of creepy-crawlies, fish - stuffed or skeletal, they're all here.
The museum was founded in 1832 and whilst it is definitely in the old-school-mould of rooms full of glass cases, it is anything but dry and dusty. Unlike so many museums of this kind elsewhere, there's hardly a moth-eaten animal or moulting bird to be seen - many of these beasts are masterpieces of the taxidermists art, set in lively and realistic dioramas, looking for all the world as though all they need is a jolt on the glass to dislodge the piece of poisoned apple in their mouth and bring them back to life.
The building itself is in a fairly sorry state, definitely in need of a face-lift that could start with some new signs and, unless you are absolutely desperate, the loos are definitely to be avoided - but don't let that put you off - there's so much to charm you - starting with the cute penguin family in the photo here.
Needless to say the museum is very popular with school groups, so if excited children on a school outing set your teeth on edge, you're probably better going later in the day rather than early.
Address: Universitetskaya Nabereshnaya 1
Opening hours are 1100-1800, with the last admission at 1700.
Closed on Tuesday (or maybe Friday) and National Holidays, and Thursday is free admission day.
Guided tours are available - phone ahead to book.
Although the impressive building that houses St Petersburg's Central Naval Museum and the curious red pillars ( Rostral Columns - they celebrate naval victories) bedecked with ship's prows that flank it feature in many a tourist's photo of the city, judging by the number of people who had actually ventured inside on the day we were there, I'd say the museum's exhibition halls are definitely an Off the Beaten Path activity for most visitors. Which is a pity because it is a fascinating museum with a wonderful collection illustrating Russia's 300 years of naval history. Founded in 1709 by command of Peter the Great, the museum is one of the oldest in Europe.
Starting with the grand building itself - inspired by Classical architecture, it was built in on Vasilyevsky Island in 1805, when this area of the island was still a seaport. The pre-revolutionary city's Stock Exchange, the importance of the sea to the city's wealth was acknowledged by the fine sculpture of Neptune that still adorns the pediment over the main door. Quite fitting therefore that it now houses the country's main naval museum.
As with all good maritime museums, there are superb models of ships of all sorts and sizes. The walls are hung with maps and naval paintings, naval colours and banners hang from the ceilings and wall brackets and everywhere there are displays of maritime artifacts, weapons and naval memorabilia.
The ground floor is devoted to the pre-Revolutionary period. Standout pieces include the boat in which Peter the Great learnt to sail - setting in motion his lifetime's love of the sea, he called it "The Grandfather of the Russian Navy" - and a 19th century submarine.
Figureheads line the staircase to the upper floor where you'll find an equally fascinating array of Soviet-era displays including WWII fighter planes and enough hammer and sickle banners to start a revolution.
Whether you're a ship-lover, a naval-history-buff or simply an interested tourist, this is a museum not to be missed. Personally, if my time in St Petersburg was short, I'd forgo a couple of hours of the time most people devote to the Hermitage to fit in a visit to this excellent museum.
Closed Monday, Tuesday and the last Thursday of the month, opening hours are 1030-1730 (last admission 1645),
Address: Birzhevaya Ploschad 4
Metro: Vasileostrovskaya or Nevsky Prospekt and walk over the bridge)
You can't miss it, directly across the water from the Winter Palace,
Nabokov is my favorite writer. You will see “Half an hour with Nabokov” film in English/French/Russian (on request) and his butterfly collection. On display are magazines like The New Yorker (April 1949, “sexiest New Yorker since Lolita”) or a Playboy (1969) mentioning his name. It was a super modern house in that Russia with an elevator, 5 bathrooms and a garage for 3 cars.
Here is a exhibition gallery for St. Petersburg artists. It presents traditional paintings mostly in oil and continues the expressionistic and traditional portrayal of landscape, portraits and cityscapes. It is a nice setting along the Moika River and it is a very comfortable palce to spend time looking at some nice work. There are some couches for an elegant living room feel in the main room. Be one of the few to sign the guest book in a language besides Russian :)
Moika Embankment 100, push the doorbell to unlock the front door.
Entrance is free. Photographs are not allowed.
They also host small musical concerts and tickets can be purchased in the museum or by calling. http://www.piter-art.com/muzyka/
Insitute of Russian Literature, Pushkinskiy Dom, Museum of Russian Literature
This museum of for serious buffs of Russian Literature. The left half of the building is a university devoted to Russian Literature. On the right are the arichives and museum devoted to Russian writers.
Collection started with original manuscripts of Pushkin now includes many major writers.
The Museum has whole rooms devoted to Pushkin, Tolstoy and Dostoevsky and many artifacts and portraits. The furniture is all antique and you can get up close. It is not yet all roped off and unaccessible, but hsi is because you can only visit by guided excursion.
You can ask at the front desk for a tour of the museum and you will be allowed upstairs. Cost about 150 rubles for foreigners. The guide speaks only Russian but will give a personal tour and answer questions. This is off the beaten path and has not so many visitors.
4, Naberezhnaya Admiral Makarova ( by the Birzhevoy Bridge on the Neva River)
Originally built in teh 1780s by Gregory Potemkin, the Tavrichesky Palace was bought by Catherine II the Great
After the revolution it became the first locationof the provisional government.
It continues to host large parliamentary meetings.
Yusupov Palace along teh Moika River is now newly renovated and open for tours.
It has nicely appointed rooms and furnishing giving a sense of how it must have been to be wealthy in St. Petersburg 100 years ago.
Their luxurious Red Theater makes you want to live there :)
It is notoriously known as the place in 1916 where Rasputin was poisoned in the basement, shot and later taken to the river to drown. We did not see the special Rasputin exhibit.
Reki Moyki 94
Yelaginoostrovsky Palace-Museum on Krestovsky Ostrov was built by Ivan Yelagin on the Yelagin Island next to Krestovsky Island. It was destroyed by Nazis inWWII but rebuilt. Many changing exhibitions and events held there.
Besides the palace there are boats to rent and pony rides. In winter there is ice skating and sled rentals. Good family walking place.
Take metro Krestovsky Ostrov and cross through the park to Yelagin Island.
2nd picture by Ivan Khrutsky. View on Yelagin Island in St. Petersburg. 1839. Oil on canvas fromThe Russian Museum, St. Petersburg
Located on Fontanka River Dom 121 is a modern art gallery open 4 times a year with new art. It opened in 2000 and has grown in audience and space over the years.
It is modern abstract and unintelligble at times.