Specialty Museums in St. Petersburg

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Specialty Museums in St. Petersburg

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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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  • Craig C
    Concord, CA23 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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  • 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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  • Sea Dweller
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates6,680 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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  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia17,756 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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  • 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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  • witston
    Newmarket, UK241 contributions
    I think this is the first review here in English. And honestly it is better if you can understand Russian. The Exhibits have English translation. The Magic show is in Russian but you can understand most of it because the magic is visual. The guided tour is not so good because all Russian. But still it is an interesting place and worth a visit.
    Written October 24, 2019
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  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia17,756 contributions
    The Bath block is a fountain and water jet area spread in front of the Peterhof summer residence.
    It's the best that this complex has to offer - amazing gilded statues with high water sprays, cascaded terraces with spilling water, Sea canal leading directly to the Finnish bay,...
    When visiting on 21 Apr I didn't expect they're working (usually start in May), but was very thrilled when I came there and they did so even the rain didn't spoil my impressions.
    Written May 22, 2021
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  • JvNiftrik
    Helsinki, Finland1 contribution
    Excursions was available in English language and the host made the experience very enjoyable with interesting and funny commentary. Certainly exceeded my imagination and perception about art with clever, fun and surprising designs!

    The location was easily accessible, the excursions was affordable and took approx. less than one hour. Definitely worth visiting!

    Visit in the shadow museum can be easily combined with Hermitage, Russian state museum or Faberge museum etc. because of the close proximity.

    Lastly, the museum has hilarious “merch” that can be bought from the reception.
    Written July 28, 2021
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  • Alexander_Kudrin
    Samara, Russia9,233 contributions
    The large beautiful building of the museum amazes with its monumentality from the entrance, when you find yourself in a huge hall with high reliefs of representatives of different peoples of Russia.
    Indeed, this is a real palace!
    A large exposition, which is generally similar to most local history museums scattered across Russia, but collected in one place, so you can get acquainted with the life of the inhabitants of the most remote corners of our country. Security requirements - present a QR code, measure the temperature at the entrance.
    Written January 3, 2022
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  • Lina M
    Boston, UK85 contributions
    enjoyed the visit. good fun and brought back quite few memories. does feel a hit overpriced tho comparing to other places round in St petersburg. would i go back... probably no but was nice to visit once
    Written March 6, 2020
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  • alexey2612
    Moscow, Russia15,936 contributions
    This museum is situated near the St-Petersburg Mint. That is why it is devoted to money - making of coins and bills. The facility is in the vault of the St Peter and Paul fortress. The entrance is 200 rubles for adults. It has everything about the history of money in Russia. I was interested in various forms of bills during the Civil war and the current history from 1991 which I witnessed with my own wallet.
    Written March 8, 2020
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  • Tomasz K
    Gdansk, Poland159 contributions
    If you have to compare the real city and the model, it is ideal place. You can find a lot of city buildings and palaces. Some of models are moving and you can admire they during the day and night.
    Written July 20, 2019
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  • Igor Alexeev
    Moscow, Russia117,367 contributions
    The palace was built in 1720-1723 in the western part of the Lower Park, according to the plan of Peter I, who was impressed by the Marly Palace built by the Sun King Louis XIV in the royal residence of Marly-le-Roi, which Peter I visited in 1717. As a result, the Russian Marly turned out to be a slightly reduced copy of the French Marly. As is known, the French Marly was plundered and partially destroyed by the sans-culottes during the French Revolution, and in 1806 the remains of the palace, in which the local capitalist Alexander Sanyel placed his weaving factory that worked until the ruin of its owner, were completely demolished. Russian Marley was also plundered and partially destroyed. By Nazis instead of sans-culottes. During the occupation of Peterhof during the Great Patriotic War. However, unlike the French counterpart, Russian Marly was restored in the mid-50s of the 20th century by Soviet architects E.V. Kazanskaya and A.E. Gessen. From 1982, until now, the Russian Marly Palace, a museum, is open to visitors. The expositions of the museum contain personal belongings of Peter I, as well as many items from the time of Peter the Great, including paintings by Dutch, Flemish and Italian masters of the 17th-18th centuries, collected personally by Peter I. The cost of a ticket to the museum is 350 rubles, payment by "Pushkin card" is also available.
    Written August 10, 2022
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  • Nadezhda L
    Moscow, Russia22 contributions
    I have visited many train museums around the world, including Budapest, Neapol, New York and a lot more. The greatest minus for me was a complete inability to climb trains or see whats inside them. Due to Covid-19 most of interactive excibits were close, so it defenetly couldn't beat the tram ride in Budapest. However, it has a lot of unusual rare excibit like half open trains with coloured mechanics. For us as people who stand an internity next to every single mode of transportation, noticing every single detail and reading every single word the whole museum took around three and a half hours to walk. It has really interesting and well-informed stands to everything inside. Overall, it's a huge and well designed museum. A good is good
    Written August 21, 2020
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