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Erarta Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art

Address: 2 Line 29 Vasilyevsky Island, St. Petersburg 199106 , Russia
Phone Number: +7 (812) 324 08 09
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Ranked #25 of 945 Attractions in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Owner description: Erarta brings under one roof Russia's largest private Museum of Contemporary Russian Art (with over...
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Type: Museums
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Wed - Mon 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Owner description: Erarta brings under one roof Russia's largest private Museum of Contemporary Russian Art (with over 2,000 works in its collection) and one of the branches of its international Galleries (others located in London, New York and Zurich). Erarta building with an overall floor space of 8,600 sqm (currently being expanded to 10,200sqm) opened its doors in September 2010 but has already been nominated for Russia's museum of the year in its first year of existence. The Museum is especially worth visiting for its creativity, not only exhibiting other artists' works but also acting as an author itself with unique projects such as "U-Spaces" (total installations created by the Museum itself to immerse the viewer in a particular world), "Theatre with no actors" (the world's only multi-media play whose cast is made up exclusively of characters from paintings with special audio and video effects bringing them to life), "Art-literature" (accompanying essays of experts and regular visitors' thoughts about particular works of art, helping explain what kind of emotions they trigger in others), "Art-animation" (videos and cartoons transforming a two-dimensional painting into a story prolonged in time). Erarta building also has a restaurant, a cafe and several museum shops offering gifts, prints and books and is open every day (except for Tuesdays) from 10am to 10pm

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I've seen pretty much everything there is to see in Russia but on this trip, Erarta was the most pleasant discovery that tops the overall experience charts. Fantastic, modern space with a diverse collection of art, full of wonderful, friendly people who you can immediately tell really want to share their own love and passion for Russian art with others.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Erarta is cutting edge museum that makes contemporary art accessible for anyone, and great for English speakers like myself. The staff are friendly and helpful and the curators have great taste. As an art enthusiast I have never come across anything like this - so original and gripping. For a bonus experience try the u-spaces and get lost in imagination.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

An eye opening, interesting collection. Be sure to try the U-spaces, these immersive experiences cost extra but were the hightlight of our trip. We dressed up in costumes, entered a giant clothes dryer... And even better, the room is only open for you and your group during your 15min booking window. A must see museum for any modern art fans!

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Saratov, Russia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This museum hosts different exibitions on different dates but it is impressive at any time. I especially enjoyed the 70+ artists' self-portraits. It is not in the town center like most other tourist attractions but the trip is worth it.

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Erarta, Guest Relations Manager at Erarta Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art, responded to this review

Dear StillBeingP, thank you for your feedback. Glad that you’ve mentioned our self-portrait gallery. It is a unique Erarta project. All self-portraits belong to artists whose works are in the permanent collection. They received identical canvases and just one task — to create their self-portraits. The result is a surprising variety of images and styles. That’s why the gallery of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

WHY WORTH VISITING: it's the biggest privately owned museum for contemporary Russian art. The collection is located on 5 floors of an old Soviet building, one wind for the permanent stuff, the other for temporary exhibitions. Each floor is themed, which makes it even more interesting (especially if Russian contemporary art is something new for you personally). The quality of... More 

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Erarta, Guest Relations Manager at Erarta Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art, responded to this review

Dear Olga C, thank you for your detailed feedback. No need to say how useful it will be for our future guests. However, it was a pity to know that you weren’t impressed by our unique project U-Space. You are absolutely right to say that they are difficult to describe. U-Space rooms are total installations, which are art-spaces, involving art... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

If you have time to see only one museum in St. Petersburg, this should be the one. Give your visit 3 hours and take the audioguide. The artwork is eye-opening and the narration in your audio-guide will give you introduction not just to modern Russian art, but to the history and life in this complex country. The building is brand... More 

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Erarta, Guest Relations Manager at Erarta Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art, responded to this review

Dear KorenNegev, thank you for your feedback! It’s a pleasure to know that we should the one and the only museum for short-trip travelers. We are glad you’ve noticed that Russian contemporary art is much influenced by our mentality and history. It’s a good way to become closer with our country and people. However the trick is that our building,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

If you overdose from the vast number of ornate churches, museums, palaces (big and small) that consume your Baltic cruise, I strongly recommend the Erarta Musuem which presents a fine collection of Russian contemporary art on five, smallish floors in a tidy museum in St. Peterburg. This is a good selection of well regarded contemporary (starting fro 1945, I think)... More 

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Erarta, Guest Relations Manager at Erarta Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art, responded to this review

Dear WolfG, thank you for your feedback. We are so glad you’ve enjoyed your time at Erarta. You are absolutely right saying that art on display at Erarta dates from the middle of 20th century. And it is the largest collection of Russian contemporary art in Russia. Hope you had a safe trip back to San Francisco and if you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We visited the museum with the expectation of seeing a reasonable amount of works, but not more. We were VERY impressed and ended up saying the visit being one of the absolelute top-sights in Sankt Petersburg. The quality of the permanent exhibition was excelent and impressive and seeing the temporary exhibitions were great as well. Especially the "shoe" exhibition with... More 

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Erarta, Guest Relations Manager at Erarta Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art, responded to this review

Dear Mona Damgård N, thank you for your feedback! We are so glad you’ve spent a good time at Erarta. It’s a pleasure to know that you’ve enjoyed contemporary art that is on display in the museum wing and temporary exhibitions wing. One of the missions of the Erarta project is to support, promote and showcase contemporary Russian art not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 via mobile

We spent about an hour, could be even more, and left with a very good feeling aboutthe whole museum. The shop was full of great items unlike most of the museum shops, and I was tempted quite a few times.

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Erarta, Guest Relations Manager at Erarta Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art, responded to this review

Dear Natalia, thank you for your feedback! We were delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time at Erarta. Our mission is to bring art closer to people so our visitors' opinion is one that matters most to us. You can be sure that we'll keep trying our best to introduce you talented artists and interesting exhibitions. In case you... More 

Moscow, Moscow City, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Erarta is excellent contemporary art museum. It was complete happiness! I found of modern paints, in Erarta a great big collection of really good paintings. All exposition made with love, I can feel it. I recommend to visit U-spaces. Read all texts to every exposition, it all are very simple and impotent. Also we like cafe, BBsquare cartoons and display... More 

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Erarta, Guest Relations Manager at Erarta Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art, responded to this review

Dear Yulia M, thank you for your feedback! It’s a pleasure to know that you’ve enjoyed your time at Erarta. You can be sure that we'll keep trying our best to keep it up the right way and maintain an atmosphere that will make Erarta feel like your home away from home. We are looking forward to seeing you again. More 

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