Matryoshka Master Class
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Would you like to make a piece of art with your own hands? We invite you to venture deep into Russian craft art with a matryoshka painting master class! The master class is a unique opportunity to make your own souvenir. Methods and techniques which are used during this workshop are relatively simple even for those who haven’t painted for a long time. Also come to visit our museum, where you will know more about this symbol of Russia!
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1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: Nevskiy
How to get there
  • Gostiny Dvor • 4 min walk
  • Nevsky Prospekt • 4 min walk
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helendiving
Melbourne, Australia16 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
While this could be pitched at children we joined 2 other couples to create our personalised Matryoshka dolls. With laughter and guidance from the actual expert we created beautiful pieces. The artists did provide small touch ups and a few artistic flourishes but it was mostly our own work. Even someone with even basic artistic merit can produce a work to be proud of. A great way to get a doll and do a fun activity.
Written February 17, 2020
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flightyzeus
Dublin, Ireland37 contributions
Mar 2020
Important to mention that you don't actually need to book a time slot, you can arrive any time during the opening hours of 10-5pm. There's a gate outside, with a buzzer that you press "0" to enter. We opted for the 1hr class, and had a great time painting our Russian dolls. You aren't rushed and it's very relaxing. The selection of colours and tools were great, along with the expert instruction :)
Written March 5, 2020
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cabl2016
Kennewick, WA42 contributions
Mar 2020
I love creative opportunities but am often disappointed in my end result. This class was so fun and educational. I learned new techniques and felt a sense of accomplishment. This finished doll will even be on display!
Written March 6, 2020
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Helena
Zagreb, Croatia11 contributions
Dec 2018 • Friends
You won't believe how easy it is to paint a matryoshka! Elena makes it simple with her step by step advice. I wish I had gotten her 'Paint your own matryoshka' set for home because I think my next matryushka would turn out even better. My friend amd I had a wonderful time. The location in Nevsky Prospect is really convenient and we had no problem finding it.
Written January 4, 2019
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Louise Rachel C
Vancouver, Canada99 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
I thoroughly enjoyed painting my three matryoshka dolls. Elena Petina was a patient teacher who corrected my small mistakes. I worked very hard for 3 hours, but I am extremely happy with my unique hand-made souvenir of St Petersburg, Russia.

I would recommend this class at the Museum of Matryoshka to my friends!

I did some research by reviewing matryoshka images on the internet before the class to decide my colour combinations, what colour hair and eyes I wanted, style, and type of decoration etc. I wasted no time in class.
Written July 31, 2018
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flyingperoni
melbourne36 contributions
Oct 2019
I am no artist but the teacher gave us step by step instructions, fixed our slips and mess ups and I how have a very personal souvenir that I shall treasure forever.
The doll,s face is already painted and you just do each section in order and add your own personal touch. There’s lots of inspiration around you and cards for simpler designs also.
A super way to get off your feet for 2 hours (or 3 if you’re a bit slower like me.)
Cannot recommend highly enough!
Written October 23, 2019
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Aden
Greater Melbourne, Australia10 contributions
Sep 2019
I, a male/man/guy/person, did this class with my wife and absolutely loved it. It was very relaxing.The staff were super-nice and showed us their techniques which made for an authentic and enjoyable experience ending with a perfect souvenir for Gran. Really happy with the result! This place is brand new, so get in while you still can.
Written October 1, 2019
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afaircop
guildford18 contributions
Jul 2019
We visited to paint our very own Matryoshka dolls when we visited St Petersburg on a cruise and arranged the trip through Valeria at St. Petersburg Guided tours.

It was a huge highlight of our trip - we had so much fun and the teacher was very good showing us different methods to try so that we were all very pleased with our finished dolls (which they varnished for us to give them a lovely finish).
The dolls dried quickly (sometimes with the help of a hairdrier) and were ready to take away with us .

The finishing touches we were shown transformed them into great dolls.

we all took part - two adults and two teenagers and we all found it very absorbing
Written August 10, 2019
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Cottie L.
West Lafayette, IN12 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
Me and my sister have had wonderful time making Matryoshka Dolls with Elena. She is a very patience ,skillfull and kind master. She will guide you through every steps of the way and when you messed it up she will also help you fix your dolls, dont worry lol.

Be sure to book in advance because she needs to prepare the dolls for you. Dolls come with full face drawn, you will get to choose the rest (hair, headpiece, colors and patterns of the dress). It will take around 3 hrs to finish 3 dolls, or if you dont have that much time, making 1 doll option is also available. Enjoy!
Written April 17, 2019
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simbo66
Erskine, UK83 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
My friends and I decided to book this having seen the reviews- so glad we did....now we are not the slightest bit artistic, but Elena is very patient and instructs you in stages.....can believe that this was all our own work (except the face and front decoration)....one of the dolls even sported football colours !!!
I enjoyed it so much that came the next day with one member of our party who was ill and couldn't make the original date .....
Hopefully the photographs will show how much we enjoyed it .....and our level of concentration!!
This was one of the highlights of our trip and my Matryoshka doll has pride of place at home ...
In a word- book it- you'll love it .....fun for all ages !!
Written April 23, 2017
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