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Russian Museum of Ethnography

Address: Inzhenernaya St., 4/1 | Metro: Nevsky Prospekt/Gostiny Dvor, St. Petersburg 191011, Russia
Phone Number: 7-812-570-54-21
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Ranked #29 of 976 Attractions in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Owner description: The folk art, crafts, dress and lifestyles of the various peoples and tribes who inhabited the vast...
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Type: Museums
Owner description: The folk art, crafts, dress and lifestyles of the various peoples and tribes who inhabited the vast expanse of territory in the former USSR are portrayed on the two floors of this unusual museum.

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Brisbane
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

I visited on my last day on St Petersburg, and I have been thankful ever since. Sometimes it is good to get away from paintings and architecture and see how people lived in a bygone era of villages and tribes. It is a truly wonderful museum about ancient (and non-so-ancient) Russian tribes. The tribes represented in the showcases have dummies... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

I asked our tour guide to take us to this museum and she hadn't been there before. I found it fascinating, with displays showing costumes and artefacts from the different tribes who lived around Russia - lots of yurts and beautiful fabrics. A complete surprise to find nearly the whole of the first floor dedicated to a new exhibition about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

İt's a must! İf you really want to understand culture of this big country,you should go there!!! It is just next door to Russian Museum.There is nice collection of costumes ,photographs, hand made equipment and accessories.

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Grand Prairie, Texas
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32 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This was a great experience walking slowly through this interesting museum. We enjoyed having a friend who could converse with the docents, and learned about various people and bits of history.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Wonderful museum to see all the arts and crafts of the ethnic groups of greater Russia roughly 1 - 1,5 century ago. I marvelled at how carefully all the displayes were crafted. One part of the museum is currently being renovated, one wing is already renovated, and the other still await updating. The updated part is wonderfully done with insightful... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Years ago there was a huge Soviet painted mural on the back wall of the museum, across the whole width and around the stairs. It was incredible. Last time I saw it was in 1997 or 1998. At the time, it was viewed with disdain by local people. Does anyone know if it is still there. My concern was that... More 

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Kennebunkport, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

We only had time at the end of our stay for one museum, so we picked the Russian Ethnography Museum and it was a good choice. The museum showcases the lifestyles and culture of the various peoples of Russia through costumes, artifacts and photographs in tableaux and displays. On the first floor, overall descriptions were in English but not the... More 

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Buxton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Very enjoyable visit. Fascinating history of the various peoples that make up the Russian Federation. The attendants, mainly women, had their coats on and were ready to go home at 5, and the museum closing time was 6. Typical Russia! Used to be like that in the UK, but the influence of American style customer service changed it. Ironically you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013 via mobile

Criminally overlooked in the guidebooks,this museum was a delight. Beautiful awe inspiring collections of traditional dress and objects from ethnic groups making up the russian populace, professionally and comprehensively displayed according to coutry and theme. From carved walrus ivory objects to ikats from uzbekistan to jewishpaintings and objects to estonian knitting,bread animals, pottery, ancient jewellery, painted sleighs,rugs, dolls, block printed... More 

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Port St Lucie, FL
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

Absolutely exhaustive collections and exhibitions portraying the cultures of all the different groups that made up the old USSR. Many dioramas and artifacts, and good English signage in most places. Not at all dry. Budding anthropologists will love this place!

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