The Republic of Cats Cultural and Museum Complex

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The Republic of Cats Cultural and Museum Complex

The Republic of Cats Cultural and Museum Complex
4.5
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
Cats Republic is a part of Cats Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. This is an authentic place, one of a kind in the country. This place combines a little cozy café, a small club, a souvenir shop (all items are cat-related), and a "cat therapy" hall. CatsRepublic, visitors will have the opportunity to kick back and relax with a cup of coffee and spend time in the soothing company of our purring feline friends. We look forward to spending time with you at CatsRepublic!
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Neighborhood: Admiralteisky
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4.5
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rcepuch
Reston, VA110 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
Miss your furry friend back home? Consider visiting the Republic of Cats! One of the staff members speaks very good English and seemed delighted to give us a tour, introducing us to the 20 or so cats in residence – mostly purebreds who'd been given up by owners who could not afford them. The Republic is a happy place and the cats have plenty of places to run, play and sleep. You have to wash your hands and put on plastic booties before entering the cat domain – a sensible precaution. There's not much of a "cafe," but coffee is available and the pastries looked delicious. The lobby gift shop stocks quite a few things, including various prints and/or postcards of some wonderful cat art you'll see on the walls in the cat area itself. Located just a few blocks from the excellent Domina Prestige Hotel.
Written June 16, 2015
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csolyn
Sherman Oaks, California, United States25 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
First, realize that everything in St. Petersburg is going to be more expensive when they see you're foreign - esp American. So be prepared to ignore the price and pay more. We paid 400 rubles a person to get in, but we did have a guide who spoke excellent English tell us about each cat. And since this place is more like a rescue shelter I considered my money a donation to the upkeep of the cats.

And boy are there some awesome cats! The tours start ON THE HOUR. We weren't told this and the lady in charge is a bit of a B - so 10min past 10am we were sent away. Which I gotta say was weird since when we were having our "tour" people just walked in and out at different times. Like I said, be prepared to deal with wonky stuff if you're foreign!

The "museum" is a cafe with a nice bathroom up front. You go through a wardrobe into the cat sanctuary section which is made up of two rooms and get to hang out with cats. They have all kinds and as cat lovers my boyfriend and I had a great time. It helped us not miss our own kitties quite so much too.

That's really it. But if you like cats getting to see Russian ones is a real treat.
Written September 22, 2013
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nurseintheair
Corvallis, OR205 contributions
Jun 2013 • Couples
We burned out on crowds and imperial splendor, and we looked up the Republic of Cats. We did have a reservation, but other people who came in did not, and it was not a problem. This place has various breeds of cats, and apparently some are rescued, others came from mousing at the Hermitage. The concept is quite cute, and the cats seemed happy and well cared for.
On entering, you are asked to put shoe covers on and wash your hands. We stepped into the cat quarters and just sat and observed. The cats played and slept and ate and were agreeable to be petted. We were especially taken with the Sphinx cats, and they were pleasant and patient enough to let us hold and hug them. After we had our maximal dose of cat, we reluctantly left this pleasant and relaxing feline den. There is a little cafe, and the friendly staff served up latte and honey cake. Very delicious! We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. There is a small gift shop with trinkets. If there had been more useful gifts, I surely would have bought something.
Written July 11, 2013
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DmitryASukhodolin
Moscow, Russia67 contributions
Jun 2016 • Family
Extremely unfriendly place for couple with young children! Visited with 2,5 yo boy. Our son saw the cat through the window. Entered this place and the staff didn't allowed to enter. Because as they said it was full. It was not full, we saw it through the window. Our baby started crying, but all staff made a "poker face". And the smell..... Terrible... But our son was completely disappointed.
Written June 7, 2016
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Дмитрий, мы очень сожалеем, что невольно стали причиной такого разочарования и слёз малыша. В Республике кошек проживают живые кошки, поэтому в целях поддержания их благополучия вынуждены регулировать число посетителей и рекомендуем предварительно бронировать время посещения. Ограничение численности группы удобно и для самих гостей, так на каждого гостя приходится несколько усатых-полосатых. Приглашаем вашу семью в гости, будем рады провести индивидуальную экскурсию и познакомить со всеми нашими обитателями. Постараемся замурлыкать обиды.
Written June 25, 2016
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Yorkshirepudding34
York, UK43 contributions
Feb 2016
Weird in a nice way. Staff very polite. You pay, get a kitty passport and go through a Narnia type door for the kitties.
One was sneezing and coughing. Not well. One had a weepy eye. Two kept fighting. The rest looked happy and well looked after but I cannot see how they can behave light normal cats. Felt guilty in a way for going. One of our weirdest memories of St Petersburg!
Written February 25, 2016
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fsax
Naples, Italy119 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
What could I say about this two room museum... Well should we call this a museum? 4-5 cats to play with in a crowded and messy place. This si not a museum! What about making this a nice experience? Rude personnel will greet you at the entrance and you will forget you are on vacation. Well at the end it may be that the money you spend will be for cat rescue and it may be for a good reason. No way! This is a profit business....
Please tell me why one should visit this place? In a city full of cats and where their role in hunting mice at the Hermitage museum is worldwide famous I would have expected something different.
Written November 19, 2015
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Спасибо за отзыв. Будем рады, если найдёте время рассказать нам, что именно Вам бы хотелось встретить в подобном месте, какие у Вас были ожидания. Это позволило бы нам измениться к лучшему. Республика кошек никоим образом не претендует на звание музея. Это подразделение Музея кошки, который находится во Всеволожске. Это первое в Европе Котокафе, которое создало новую форму адаптации и пристройства животных. Здесь проживает 25 котов, часть которых - кошки-пенсионеры Эрмитажа. Ежемесячно в Республике кошек проходят акции по пристройство животных в семьи. Это бесплатные акции. PS Боюсь, у меня сложилось ощущение, что отзыв написан человеком, проходившим мимо, не посетившим Республику кошек.
Written November 21, 2015
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Paul W
Alexandria, VA17 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
Welcoming staff waits on you in a pleasant cafe with a good selection of snacks and drinks. You are issued a "cat passport" that provides interactive fun. Then it's off through a secret door to the kitty haven. So many beautiful cats of all varieties. Big, small, hairy, or hairless...it didn't matter. All were super friendly and happy to be petted. We spent over an hour and had a wonderful time. To be honest it was one of our most cherished moments in Russia.
Written September 1, 2015
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SvetlanaMosowRussia
Mosow Russia83 contributions
May 2013 • Family
Duriing our previous stay in Saint-Pete we accidentally came across an indication of the 'cat museum' on a map, given to us in the hotel 'Ambassador' we were stayng in. We made up our minds to go there, but it turned out that you need a reservation before coming. So we were not let in and before our next trip to the city I gave them a call and 'made an appointment' (with cats of course). This 'republic' consists of two adjoinging rooms. One of them is a shop and a cafe. Another part of it is the place shared by about 20 various cats. So, for $5-7 you can interact with all the cats, have a cup of tea or cofee with biscuits. and you will also hear about the history of this republic. Then you will be given a termless visa, which you can later use any time you are in Saint-Pete. Although I am not sure if it sounds fantastic or not, but we really had a lot of fun there and this visit put us into a better mood. So, if you have a spare minute being around St.Isaac's Cathedral, or the weather is rather cool or rainy, do pop in, communicate with the republic population, have a nice snack at the cafe at a moderate price and perhaps buy some memorabilia at the shop (but these prices are steep as almost everything there is hand-made).Enjoy yourself and you'll never regret it, I'm absolutely certain.
Written May 14, 2013
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raengil
Finland34 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
A nice, relaxing place to hang out with cute cats. If you love cats, this is a must! When we visited, the cats were rather sleepy, but that was okay because we were still able to pet them and relax with them. :) The location is good, only a couple minutes from St. Isaac's Cathedral. We booked the tickets beforehand on their website and everything went smoothly. The ticket to the Cats Republic looks like a visa, which is a nice touch. We stayed there for an hour, but could have easily spent more time with the cats! I'll definitely return if I ever get the chance again. :)
Written July 28, 2019
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llerville
Paris, France14 contributions
May 2017 • Family
The kids were surprised to see interesting cats since we are used to plain old cats. They loved this visit. The girls were very nice and made sure the kids were enjoying some good petting with these furry guys. Great break from the museums for the kids as well.
Written May 29, 2017
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