Museums in St. Petersburg

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Museums in St. Petersburg

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  • Veinberg V
    Eilat, Israel5 contributions
    This place must be visited, never seen so many beautiful things located in 1 museum.
    It's was my first time at Saint Petersburg and I want to visit again .
    Written September 25, 2023
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  • Peggy C
    Irvine, CA12 contributions
    St. Petersburg is a great place to visit. This palace is so gorgeous with amazing view. Always spend enough time here inside, so many things to see.
    Don’t miss any palaces here.
    Written November 22, 2023
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  • Deniz
    Türkiye8 contributions
    Wonderful Cathedral, With elegant work and a great tour. You can really learn the history and hard work just by looking.
    Written July 1, 2023
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  • Tano
    Hurdal Municipality, Norway452 contributions
    Catherine Palace is simply amazing and beautiful.
    I do recommend to get recorded guide which are available in different languages so you can have a great tour trough the palace discovering history, facts and curiosity.
    Written October 25, 2023
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  • Craig C
    Concord, CA22 contributions
    Very enchanting look at the different regions of Russia. Great detail went into the buildings, bridges, etc. The facility is 800 m2 of beauty. The display even changes the lighting to simulate day and night. The transition is breath taking. It takes a small army of technicians to make the whole thing work. Working trains, moving cars on the highways, and many other moving displays make this a very relaxing way to spend a couple hours. Good for adults and kids will love it too.
    Written July 26, 2022
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  • Sea Dweller
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates6,679 contributions
    The State Russian Museum is the largest collection of Russian art in the world. The main building of the museum is located in the Mikhailovsky Palace in the center of St. Petersburg.
    The museum was created by personal decree of Emperor Nicholas II on April 13, 1895. The official opening of the museum took place on March 7, 1898.
    Of particular note is the collection of icons in the section of ancient Russian art, which presents works by Andrei Rublev, Dionisy, Simon Ushakov and other remarkable Russian masters.
    In the collection of works of fine art of the 18th - the first half of the 19th centuries, paintings by Fyodor Bruni, Karl Bryullov and Dmitry Levitsky make an unforgettable impression.
    In the collection of the second half of the 19th century, it is difficult to look away from almost all the works, but I was most struck by the paintings of Ivan Aivazovsky, Ilya Repin, Viktor Vasnetsov and Vasily Surikov.
    The collection of the late 19th century - early 20th century also has a whole scattering of wonderful works, but pay special attention to the works of Valentin Serov, Mikhail Vrubel, Konstantin Somov and Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin.
    In general - go and enjoy the beautiful works of Russian art!
    Written August 20, 2022
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  • Guide800576
    Kani, Japan4 contributions
    The museum not huge but inside many small details if u are in Saint Petersburg u must visit and shop by it’s different experience then other museums
    Written October 11, 2023
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  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia17,664 contributions
    In order to fully appreciate this complex have an entire day at your disposal. It's one of the best places all of Russia has to offer.
    It's located southwest of the Imperial capital and you can reach it by speedboat (summer time only), public bus or taxi. I advise combining the trip with the beautiful Naval Cathedral in Kronstadt (read that review).
    Once here there's really lot to do and see - the Summer Palace, magnificent gardens, the Monplesir sea house, outstanding fountains,...etc.
    Written May 21, 2021
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  • parisa f
    Tehran, Iran3 contributions
    This historical monument was magnificinet , big and beutiful , you can see many monuments by walking around it. It was shined around the Vofsky st
    Written June 15, 2023
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  • Torutoper
    Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium659 contributions
    Very beautiful palace, kept in it's original way and gives you a good feeling how the rich were living around 1900. Audioguide available in English.
    Written October 1, 2021
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  • Ali Anoush
    Tehran, Iran109 contributions
    It is the original citadel of St. Petersburg, Russia, founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and built to Domenico Trezzini's designs from 1706 to 1740 as a star fortress.Between the first half of the 1700s and early 1920s it served as a prison for political criminals. It has been a museum since 1924.
    Written September 9, 2023
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  • TandTSwitzerland
    Zurich, Switzerland1,137 contributions
    Part of the Hermitage complex, it has a huge collection of paintings. Some nice Monet, Picasso, Kandinsky etc. you need at least two hours to visit. Tickets can be purchased online (specific time slot is assigned). Highly recommended to visit if you are in the area.
    Written September 28, 2021
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  • Alexander_Kudrin
    Samara, Russia9,233 contributions
    The museum is located in the Fountain House in the city center.
    The arch at the entrance to the courtyard is covered with lines from the poems of the poetess.
    In the museum, it is better to take a tour or an audio guide. It won't be as interesting without it.
    You can see the life of a Leningrader of those times and learn more about the complex life of Akhmatova.
    Written August 1, 2022
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  • Sea Dweller
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates6,679 contributions
    Pavlovsk State Museum, official name “State Artistic and Architectural Palace and Park Museum-Reserve "Pavlovsk" is located in Pavlovsk, a modern suburb of St. Petersburg. Adjacent to the palace is the Pavlovsk Park with an area of about 600 hectares, which makes it one of the largest landscape parks in Europe.
    Pavlovsk Palace, the summer residence of Emperor Paul I, is the centerpiece of it. It was erected in 1782-1786 according to the project of the Scottish architect Charles Cameron in the form of a suburban Palladian villa. In 1788, Pavel, who preferred Gatchina as a residence, presented the village of Pavlovskoye to his wife Maria Fedorovna. With the accession of Paul I in November 1796 and the subsequent resignation of Cameron, the Italian architect Vincenzo Brenna was appointed chief architect of the Court. At the insistence of Emperor Brenn, he increased the size of the palace to give it greater majesty by building on the second floor and attaching two new semicircular outbuildings to it. The formation of the collections of the interior of the Pavlovsk Palace is associated with the journey of Paul and his wife across Europe in 1781-1782. After the death of Paul I, the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna practically moved to this palace. She made a will according to which Pavlovsk was to pass after her death into the possession of "the eldest son, bypassing the heir", and then be inherited through the male line, which meant that he turned from the imperial residence into a majorate.
    Since June 1918, the Pavlovsk Palace and the park have been transformed into a state museum. This world heritage masterpiece is protected by UNESCO.
    Written August 20, 2022
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