Museum of Theatrical and Musical Art

Located next to the Alexandrinsky Theatre, formerly the Imperial Theatre and St. Petersburg's premier stage for classical drama, this small museum can display only a fraction of its enormous collection in the three halls currently open. Although reasonably small, the museum serves as coordination centre for a number of theatrical museums in the city, including the Samoilov Family Museum, the Fyodor Shaliapin Apartment-Museum, the Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Apartment-Museum and the Museum of Music at the Sheremetyev Palace.

Collections of the Museum of Theatrical and Musical Art in St Petersburg, Russia
Collections of the Museum of Theatrical and Musical Art

The display contains costumes, set designs, playbills and other artefacts connected to some of the greatest names of Russian ballet and drama, including ballet stars Anna Pavlova and Rudolf Nuereyev, theater director Vsevolod Meyerhold, artists and set designers Leon Bakst, Boris Kustodiev and Kazemir Malevitch. There are plans afoot to expand the museum considerably, but for the moment it is worth popping into for an hour, particularly before attending a Russian-language drama performance at the Alexandrinsky.

Location:6, Ploshchad Ostrovskogo
Metro:Nevsky Prospekt / Gostiny Dvor
Telephone:+7 (812) 571-2195, +7 (812) 315-5243
Open:Daily from 11am to 6pm (from 1pm to 7pm on Wednesdays)
Closed:Tuesdays and the last Friday of each month
Admission:RUB 150.00
Photo and video:Photo: RUB 100.00 Video: RUB 200.00
Accessibility note:No wheelchair access to this museum. Some access to limited mobility visitors: there is an elevator, but a flight of stairs at the entrance may be a hurdle.