Museums & TheatersSaint PetersburgSaint Petersburg: Museums & Theaters

Winter Palace

St. Petersburg, Dvortsovaya pl., 2

The Winter Palace is a former imperial palace, at present is a part of the Main Museum Complex of the Hermitage. The collection of the State Hermitage includes over 3 million works of art and world culture artefacts. It contains paintings, graphic works, sculptures, works of applied art, archaeological artefacts and numismatic objects.

Opening hours

Monday                                                                                        The museum is closed

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday                                        10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Friday                                                                        10:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Ticket offices close 60 minutes earlier

The State Russian Museum

The State Russian Museum is the world’s largest collection of Russian art, housed in a unique architectural complex in the historical centre of St Petersburg. The museum collection contains over 400 000 exhibits covering all major periods and trends in the history of Russian art, all main types and genres, trends and schools of Russian art over more than a thousand year palace.

Opening hours

Tuesday                                                                          The museum is closed

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday         11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Thursday                                                                             1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Ticket offices close 30 minutes earlier

Cruiser “Aurora”

St. Petersburg, Petrogradskaya embankment

The ship is a 1900 Russian protected cruiser, currently preserved as a museum ship. It played an important role in the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. The ship measures 126.8 meters (418 feet 5 inches) in length, 16.8 meters (55 feet 5 inches) in width and weighs a staggering 7,600 tons. Maintaining a speed of 20 knots (23.3 miles per hour) it can travel independently for up to 1,440 sea miles.

Opening hours

Monday, Tuesday                                                          The museum is closed

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday   , Sunday         11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Ticket offices closed 45 minutes earlier

Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art

Saint Petersburg, 29-ya linya V.O., 2, lit. А

Erarta is Russia’s largest private museum of contemporary art with over 2300 works by more than 270 artists from all regions of Russia in its collection displayed over 10,000 sqm. Unique multimedia projects and interactive installations make it a must-see for gaining insight into modern Russia.

Opening hours

It’s open every day except Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m


Saint Petersburg, Universitetskaya naberezhnaya, 3

Located on the banks of the Neva in the center of St.Petersburg, the Kunstkamera has been the symbol of the Russian Academy of Sciences since the early 18th century. Founded after Peter the Great’s Decree, the Museum was opened to the public in 1714. Its purpose was to collect and examine natural and human curiosities and rarities. Today, collections of Peter the Great’s Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) are among the most complete and interesting in the world. These collections contain nearly one million artifacts and reflect the diversity of traditional cultures in the Old and New World.


Opening hours

Monday                                                                                                  The museum is closed

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday         11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Ticket offices closed 60 minutes earlier

Astronomical Observatory of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences

Pulkovo highway, 65

The Pulkovo Observatory was built by order of Emperor Nicholas I on the Pulkovo hills to the south of Saint Petersburg in 1839, and shortly after became a world-famous astronomical research centre. The main building of the observatory was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1990. The museum of the observatory contains a wealth of rare items outlining the astronomy development in Russia from the reign of Peter the Great to the present.

Opening hours


National Pushkin Museum

St. Petersburg, Moika river Embankment, 12

The Pushkin Apartment Museum, located in one of the oldest stone mansions in St. Petersburg at River Moika, 12. It is the Memorial Museum of the poet, telling about the last period of his life and creativity. That was Alexander Pushkin’s last apartment. There he died on January 29 1837 after he had been mortally wounded at the duel. The central part of exposition represents Pushkin’s study. The Captain’s Daughter novel and many other things were written here. 

Opening hours

Tuesday                                                                                                 The museum is closed

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday         10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Ticket offices closed 60 minutes earlier

The Museum of Applied Arts of the St. Petersburg Academy of Art and Design

The Museum of Applied Arts of the St. Petersburg Academy of Art and Design is one of a number of interesting and distinctive phenomena in Russia. The building was designed by M.Messmacher and spanned for eleven years. Today the Museum collections number over 30.000 works of applied art from ancient times to present.

Operation mode: Tuesday-Saturday, from 11:00 to 17:00 (ticket office is open until 16:30)
Monday, Sunday – days off

The State Historical and Memorial Museum Smolny

The complex of the museum includes the historical rooms, where the main revolutionary events took place in 1917, among them the famouse assambly hall, where the victory of the October revolution was proclaimed in 1917; Lenin’s office and living rooms. The visitors can also see the exhibition of “Smolny institute for the girls of noble birth”: the atmosphere of the institute wwas restored in 1994, to the 230 annivessary of Smolny institute
Guided tours only by prior arrangement

The Russian Money museum

3 Peter and Paul Fortress
The Russia Money Museum Associated With The History Of Russia Museum Was Opened In The Summer of 2016  Here You Can Trace How  Various Russian Money  Looked Like .

Working hours

From May to September, the museum operates according to the summer schedule – daily, seven days a week, from 10.00 to 20.00.

From October to April, the Museum of the History of Money operates on a winter schedule – every day, except Thursday, from 10.00 to 20.00.

The ticket office closes half an hour before the museum closes at 19:30.

Kirov’s museum

The Museum is the monument of Russian Federation history and art. The five expositions on the two floors tell you about Leningrad history of 1920-30-s – the period of economical upturn and large-scale building of socialism. The interiors of the apartment № 20, where Sergey M. Kirov – the first secretary of Leningrad Regional Party Committee – lived, preserve its original appearance. There are clothes, in which Sergey Kirov was killed on the December, 1 in 1934, in his reconstituted study in Smolny. Playing the game “Take what you are given!”, you will know about the Leningrad provisioning and the card system in 1929-1935. The guests will make a journey to the world of pre-war childhood: to the “Children’s center”, the headquarters of the scout, pioneer’s room and the class of physics. Both children and their parents will be curious to see pre-war toys and school supplies, watch an episode from the first soviet movie and get a revolutionary name. You can make a virtual journey in time and space and know about the history of one of the main prospects in Saint-Petersburg in our multimedia box.
Address: 197101, St. Petersburg, Kamennoostrovsky Ave, d. №№ 26-28
Operation mode:
Daily from 11.00 to 18.00, cash desk – from 11.00 to 17.30
Closed on Wednesday

Central Museum of Communications named after A.S. Popova

Museum Hours

From 10-30 to 18-00.
Cashier is open until 17-00.
Days off: Monday
The A.S. Popov Central Museum of Communications, established in 1872, is one of the oldest scientific museums in the world. The unique museum collection on communications development features exhibits on the history of mail, telegraph and telephone, radio communication and broadcasting, television, mobile, space and satellite communication. The museum funds feature an inestimable collection of Russian indicia, as well as an artnovations collection of contemporary artists and mail artists. During the museum working hours you can visit a public scientific library, a post office and an internet centre.
The palace, which houses the museum, was constructed by Giacomo Quarenghi for A. A. Bezborodko, the Chancellor of the Russian Empire. The building is a perfect sample of XVIII century architecture.
The building was reconstructed in 2001-2003, and now its interactive exhibits and up-to-date equipment excite visitors and provide an opportunity for corporate and international conferences, seminars and roundtable discussions both for museum studies and other science field
Address: 190000, Saint-Petersburg, Pochtamtskaya, 4

Multimedia Demonstration and Exhibition Complex «The Universe of Water»

The museum complex operating in the structure of Vodokanal of St. Petersburg includes: – the classic exhibition “The World of Water in St. Petersburg”, located in the building of the old water tower and dedicated to the history of water supply and sanitation in the world, in Russia and in St. Petersburg;
– multimedia exposition “Underground World of St. Petersburg”, located in the left extension of the water tower and showing the entire water path: from water intake through pipes to apartments and back to wastewater treatment plants.
– multimedia exposition “Universe of Water”, located in the premises of the former clean water reservoir, and revealing as fully as possible what is hidden behind the word “water”; showing water in all its manifestations – both constructive and destructive, with all its mysteries, secrets and legends.
All expositions are united by a single concept, a single theme – the strength, power and significance of the water element..
Opening hours:
Wednesday Friday
The multimedia complex is open from 10:00 to 19:00 (the ticket office is open until 18:30)
Saturday Sunday
The multimedia complex is open from 10:00 to 19:00 (the ticket office is open until 18:30)

Polar Museum

Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00 – 18.00 (ticket office is open until 17.30)
Address: 191040, Saint-Petersburg,

Museum started with The Polar movable exhibition in 1922. In 1930 Museum was founded a department of the All-Union Arctic Institute and it opened its doors for visitors in 1937. In 1958 – after joining Antarctic display, the Museum renamed to the Arctic and Antarctic Museum. Finally, in 1998 – by the Russian Government Decree Museum became The State Russian Arctic and Antarctic Museum.
“Arctic Environment” allows to get closer to the North Pole and introduces inhabitants of the sever polar regions.
“History of exploration of the Northern Sea Route” will tell you about fascinating and dramatic travels of Arctic explorers, introduce to the history of polar navigation from Pomor’s kotch till powerful nuclear icebreaker, informs about contemporary researches.
“Antarctica” makes possible to meet with penguins, to learn about history of our planet through studying of ice core taken from the deep Antarctic dome.
Museum offers the different Guided tours. It has public library and lecture hall
Stroganov Palace. 1753-1756, architect F.-B. Rastrelli. It belonged to the famous family of the first barons, later the graphs of the Stroganovs – collectors and patrons of art. One of the best examples of Russian baroque architecture. Famous architects A. Voronikhin, K. Rossi, P. Sadovnikov, G. Boss and others took part in the subsequent restructuring and interior design of the palace.
The pearl of the palace is the Grand Dance Hall – the only interior in St. Petersburg, in which the original decorative furniture F.-B. Rastrelli with a unique ceiling “The Triumph of the Hero” J. Valeriani. In 2005, after the restoration was completed, one of the most interesting interiors of the palace, the mineralogical study of Count A.S. Stroganov (1791-1792, architect A. Voronikhin).
In the exhibition halls of the first floor, temporary exhibitions of works from the collections of the Russian Museum and other large collections of works of art are held.
Address: 191186, Saint-Petersburg, 17, Nevskiy avenue
Opening hours of the Stroganov Palace
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00
Thursday – from 13:00 to 21:00
Tuesday – day off

Yusupov Palace on the Moika River

This Palace Ensemble, widely known in Europe and bearing the status of a “building of federal significance” in Russia, once belonged to a princely family. Later, it housed a Museum of the Nobility Lifestyle, Regional Teacher’s House and St. Petersburg Palace of Culture for Educators. During the two and a half centuries, the purpose and status of this classic mansion and urban estate on the Moika River have repeatedly changed.

Today, this grandeur building (one of the most prominent architectural gems of the Russian “Northern capital”) hosts government and diplomatic meetings, international conferences and symposia. The names of many Russian public officials, leaders of St. Petersburg and heads of foreign states are recorded in the Yusupov Palace Guest Book.
Museum is open: daily 11:00 – 18:00
Ticket Office : daily 10:30 – 17:00
On the days of theater events: 10:30 – 19:00
Stables outbuilding: daily, except Mondays: 11:00 – 18:00
Park is open:
Daily 10:00 – 21:00
Home church: divine service each Wednesday
For individual visitors and small groups entrance access from 21 Dekabristov street
Entrance to Home Theater performances from Moika embankment, 94

The Russian Museum of Ethnography

The Russian Museum of Ethnography is one of the largest and richest museums in Russia. Our collections include objects of ethnic culture of more than 150 peoples of Russia and its neighbours. Various cultures and religions meet in the space of the Russian Museum of Ethnography which has been created to function like a medium between people and science that comprehend their everyday life as an object to study. People give ethnology the matter of its studies – artifacts, music, folklore – and then find it in the space of ethnomuseums whose task is not to mummify their culture but to help them in identifying and understanding themselves.
Address: 191011, Saint-Petersburg,

Fabergé Museum

The Shuvalov Palace, with an area of about 4,700 square meters, is again one of the most beautiful palaces in St. Petersburg, a historical monument, and tourist attraction. The most valuable items in the Museum’s collection are the nine Imperial Easter Eggs created by Fabergé for the last two Russian emperors. Each of them is a masterpiece of jewelry and art, as well as a unique historical monument to the reign and personal life of Alexander III and Nicholas. 

Street art museum

Street Art Museum is located on the territory of the existing plant of laminated plastics. The plant was founded in 1945 in Leningrad and was located on the territory of the Petrograd side in the first post-war years. In 1950, the plant moved to the area of ​​Bolshaya Okhta and is now located at 84 Revolution Highway. One of the main areas of specialization of the enterprise was the production of decorative paper-laminated plastics (DBSP).

This material, for example, trim elevators, escalators, trains and kitchen countertops. However, the products of the plant were used in almost all branches of industry in the USSR. In 1994, in accordance with the Russian economic reforms, the plant was privatized and subsequently became an open joint-stock company – AOOT Laminated Plastics Plant. At this time, the plant reduces production, as a result of which many workshops in the territory remain abandoned.
Wed-Sun 12:00 — 20:00

Necropolis “Masters of Arts”

Necropolis “Masters of Arts” is located on the territory of the former Tikhvin cemetery of the Alexander Nevsky Monastery. His device dates back to the late 1930s. In the necropolis, monuments to outstanding representatives of the national culture and art of the XIX-XX centuries are preserved.
Address: Lavra passage | m. Alexander Nevsky Square, St. Petersburg 191167, Russia

Opening hours: daily 9:45 – 17:30

Grand Maket Russia

Opening hours: daily from 10:00 to 20:00 (ticket offices open until 19:15)
Grand Maket Russia is a private museum in Saint Petersburg. It is a model layout designed on a scale of 1:87 and covers an area of 800 m2. In this area, collective images of regions of the Russian Federation are represented. It is the largest model layout in Russia and the second largest in the world (after the Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany). The model is located in a two-story building built in 1953, in the style of Stalin’s empire.

The model presents an image of everyday life in Russia, realized through models. These everyday situations represent different human activities, such as work, leisure, sports, studying, military service, country life, travel, mass celebrations and even an attempt to escape from prison.

Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory

The museum collection includes unique astronomical and geodetic instruments and tools. The tour also includes visits to various telescopes of the observatory, including the refractor in the Central Tower of the Main Building and the only long-focus instrument in Russia with the 26-inch refractor. The program of day trips includes the opportunity to look through a special telescope at the Sun. We also offer you a tour of the park, whose history began long before the foundation of the observatory itself. On holidays and Sundays, thematic lectures and excursions are offered for specialists, students and astronomy enthusiasts. In the evening, with suitable weather, guided tours are conducted with observations of various interesting celestial objects.
Opening hours: daily from 10:00 to 23:00
Address : Pulkovskoye Highway, 65, St. Petersburg 196140, Russia
Guided tours of the observatory are conducted for groups accompanied by guides upon prior request. Single visitors to the ordered tour groups do not join.

Applications for group tours are accepted by calling 946-59-15 on weekdays from 11:00 to 17:00
Information for groups (arrival, parking, payment)
For individual visitors, we hold various events.
Schedule and ticket purchases are available on the official website and at the box office.

Naryshkin Bastion

Address:St. Petersburg, Peter and Paul Fortress, 3


In the 18th – mid-19th century, the casemates were adapted to the production and warehouses of the Mint. At the beginning of 1826, ten single cells were equipped in the left flank, where the Decembrists were kept during the investigation. At the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, barracks for the Izhora reserve and the Saperny battalion, the Infantry Regiment and the fortress artillery company were set up in the casemates. On October 25, 1917, a signal was given to the Aurora cruiser from the Naryshkin Bastion about the beginning of an armed uprising. In 1957, the tradition of the daily idle midday shot from the Naryshkin bastion, dating back to the 18th century, was revived.

The territory of the Peter and Paul Fortress (within the walls of the fortress walls) is open to the public daily from 10.00 to 21:00
COMPLEX TICKET includes a visit to the following objects:

  1. Peter and Paul Cathedral and Grand-Ducal Tomb
  2. Prison Trubetskoy bastion
  3. Museum of Cosmonautics and Rocket Technology
  4. Exposition “History of St. Petersburg-Petrograd. 1703-1918 “
  5. Exposition “History of the Peter and Paul Fortress”
  6. Exposition “Museum of Science and Technology”
  7. Exposition “Museum of Architectural Ceramics”

Sheremetev Palace – Museum of Music

The Sheremetev Palace boasted not only extensive lands, but also its own hospital and theatre, where the Sheremetev’s famous serf theatrical troupe and orchestra performed. The palace is also known as ‘the Fountain House’ for the opulent arrangement of fountains that once decorated its gardens. This history is reflected in the current use of the palace as part of the State Museum of Theatre and Musical Art, which has restored the facades of the building and uses it to house a collection of historical musical instruments. The southern wing of the palace also houses the Anna Akhmatova Memorial Museum, in the apartment where the great 20th century poet lived from the mid-1920s until 1952. The expression ‘Fountain House’ was first used in one of her poems
Address: 190104, St. Petersburg, nab. R. Fontanka, 34
Expositions “Enfilade of ceremonial halls of the palace” (2nd floor):
Thursday – Monday 11.00–19.00 Wednesday 13.00–21.00
Cashier closes one hour earlier
Weekends: Tuesday and last Friday of the month

Museum of Magic

The first in Russia Museum of Magic for adults and children!
Only here: show of magicians for all visitors to the museum
-free excursion
-interactive exhibits and photo zones
cafe with magical treats
shop with magician props
We guarantee a sea of emotions, because the Magic Museum was created to amaze!

address: Nevsky Prospect, 74-76G, St. Petersburg (fl. 3)
Opening hours: 10:00 – 22:00


Planetarium 1 has the biggest projection dome in the world — 37 meters in diameter. It is a new cultural object in the “Northern Capital” of Russia, which is the center of concentration of tourists from all over the world. The total area (4000 m2) includes the star hall, the museum of space exibits, VR interactive rooms, educational area and prototyping laboratory. The equipment of the main hall contains 40 powerfull beamers connected into one system, 50kW of surround sound and interactive tables with multi-touch controlers, which give the oportunity to control the dome with starry sk
Working hours

Monday 11:30 – 18:00

Tuesday 11:30 – 18:00

Wednesday 11:30 – 18:00

Thursday 11:30 – 18:00

Friday 11:30 – 18:00

Saturday 11:30 – 18:00

Sunday 11:30 – 18: 00

The Biological-scientific museum

The Biological-scientific museum aimed for the promotion of the healthy, way of life and distribution of the sanitary-hygiene knowledge among the population. There are the following departments in the museum: anatomy and physiology of man prevention of bad habits, AIDS and STDs, mother and child health, sex education. There is also a part of the exhibition which is devoted to the history of the health, care in St. Petersburg. In the halls of the museum there is a unique collection of anatomic exhibits, electrical models and glass man. The museum is located in the historical part of the city of St. Petersburg, has the conference hall and medical library
Address: 191023, St. Petersburg, ul. Italian, 25
museum opening hours: daily from 10: 00-18: 30
Saturday from 11: 30- 18:30

the ticket office is open until 18:00

Alexandrinsky theatre

Ostrovsky square, 6

Alexandrinsky’s repertoire includes the best works of theatre classics and contemporary performances. Young Directors are also trying their hand here.



Mariinsky theater

Theatre square, 1

This is a platform for the most grandiose and large-scale productions with the participation of outstanding artists. The main repertoire consists of Opera and ballet performances based on classical works.



Maly Drama theater

Rubinstein, 18

The stage space consists of two halls ‒ Large and Chamber. The main repertoire consists of performances based on classical works by Dostoevsky, Turgenev, Shakespeare, Andersen, Chekhov, Schiller, Platonov and other Russian and foreign authors. Go to the theater and performances for school-age children.



The Mikhailovsky theatre

Griboyedov canal embankment, 4

You can see the recognized works of the world Opera and ballet scene, as well as modern one-act ballets. In addition, the repertoire includes performances for children. Educational game classes are held to acquaint young spectators with the world of Opera and ballet.



Bolshoi drama theatre. G. A. Tovstonogova

Fontanka river embankment, 65

The repertoire includes both productions of classical works by Pushkin, Chekhov, Schiller, Shaw, Ostrovsky, etc., and modern plays.



Theater Of Lensoveta

Vladimirsky Avenue, 12

The repertoire includes classical music in academic interpretation and unexpected author’s interpretation, modern Russian and foreign dramaturgy, and experimental productions, including a number of musical performances and even musicals, as well as performances for children.



Youth theater

Fontanka river embankment, 114

The repertoire of the theater includes performances on Russian and foreign classics and works by contemporary authors. Performances staged under the leadership of Semyon Spivak, are bright, dynamic, imaginative and expressive.



Theater Of Music Comedy

Italian street, 13

The repertoire includes operettas, Opera buffs, musicals and children’s musical performances.



Baltic house

Alexander Park, 4

It not only shows performances, but also hosts art events, forums, lectures, master classes. Also one of the activities is to strengthen ties between St. Petersburg and the Baltic States. Russian and foreign companies perform in the theater, and the site is also open for a variety of stage experiments.



Mariinsky theatre (New stage)

Pisareva street, 20

The new stage is equipped with the latest technology and is designed for concerts, Opera and ballet performances. The hall is characterized by exceptional acoustics. Another interesting feature is the open-air amphitheater on the roof, designed for summer chamber concerts.




Mariinsky theatre (Concert hall)

Dekabristov, 34A

There are concerts of Symphony orchestras, as well as solo musicians, Opera singers, instrumental ensembles.

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