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Top 20 Museums in St. Petersburg

State Hermitage Museum

Among the world's greatest museums, the Hermitage is a treasury of world art from throughout the ages, displayed in the magnificent halls of the Winter Palace.

Address:2, Dvortsovaya Ploschad (Palace Square)
Metro:Admiralteyskaya
Open:Daily 10:30am to 6pm. Last admission is at 5:30pm. Wednesday and Friday, till 9pm. Last admission is at 8:30pm.
Closed:Monday
Telephone:+7 (812) 571-3420; +7 (812) 710-9079
Website:http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/
Admission:600 RUB - entry ticket to the Main Museum Complex and the branches (the General Staff Building, Winter Palace of Peter the Great, Menshikov Palace, the Museum of the Imperial Porcelain Factory)
300 RUB - entry ticket to one of the Hermitage branches (Winter Palace of Peter the Great, Menshikov Palace, the Museum of the Imperial Porcelain Factory, Staraya Derevnya Restoration and Storage Centre)
Free admission:Preschool children, school children, students. Free admission to all visitors on the first Thursday of each month.
Ticket purchase online:https://www.hermitageshop.org/tickets/ (You can avoid a long line at the museum ticket offices)
Information for Visitors:http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage/visitus/
Photo and video:No flash. Audio-guides are available (deposit required)
Accessibility note:The museum is wheelchair accessible (ramps/lifts). Free wheelchair rentals. Please call in advance as staff assistance may be required

State Russian Museum

Rivaled only by Moscow's Tretyakov Gallery as a repository of Russian art, the Russian Museum displays its vast collections in some of St. Petersburg's most beautiful buildings.

Address:4, Inzhenernaya Ulitsa / Ploshchad Iskusstv
Metro:Nevsky Prospekt / Gostiny Dvor
Open:Daily 10am to 6pm. Last admission is at 5.30pm. Thursday: 1pm to 9pm. Last admission is at 8.30pm. Monday: 10am to 8pm. Last admission is at 7.30pm.
Closed:Tuesday
Phone:+7 (812) 595-4248
Website:http://www.rusmuseum.ru/
Admission:Adult: RUB 450.00. Students: RUB 200.00
Photo and video:RUB 250.00
Accessibility note:The museum is wheelchair accessible (Ramps/lifts). Entrance with wheelchairs from the Embankment of Kanal Griboedova (Benois Wing). Free wheelchair rentals. Please call +7 (812) 314-6424 before your visit as staff assistance may be required.

Peter & Paul Fortress and Museum of the History of St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg's first building has served many roles over three centuries, from political prison to Tsars' burial chamber. Now it is home to a museum of the city's history.

Address:Zayachy (Hare) Island
Metro:Gorkovskaya, Sportivnaya
Open:The grounds of the fortress at open 6am to 10pm. All exhibitions are open daily, except Wednesdays, 10 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm. Tuesdays, 10 am to 5 pm. Last admission is at 4 pm.
Phone:+7 (812) 230-6431
Website:http://www.spbmuseum.ru/themuseum/museum_complex/peterpaul_fortress/
Photo and video:free/included
Accessibility note:The Cathedral and the grounds are wheelchair accessible. Other exhibits are not wheelchair accessible (stairs, curbs, cobblestone pavements)

Grounds of the Fortress

It's free to wander the grounds of the Peter and Paul Fortress, and admire the widely varied architecture of its numerous historic buildings.

Open:Daily, 6 am to 10 pm
Admission:Free
Accessibility note:Fully wheelchair accessible

Peter & Paul Cathedral

This stunning baroque cathedral is one of St. Petersburg's great landmarks, and also houses the graves of nearly all the Romanov Emperors and Empresses.

Open:Daily, 10 am to 7 pm. Tuesdays, 10 am to 5 pm. Sunday, 11 am to 7 pm.
Admission:RUB 350.00
Accessibility note:Fully accessible (ramps).

Jail of Trubetskoy Bastion

This exhibition charts the history of this notorious political prison in the walls of the Peter and Paul Fortress through the turbulent final decades of Tsarist rule.

Open:Daily, except Wednesdays, 10 am to 7 pm. Last admission is at 6:30 pm.
Admission:RUB 150.00
Accessibility note:Limited access

History of St. Petersburg - Petrograd. 1703-1918 (Commandant's House)

Tracing the civil history of the St. Petersburg area from before the city's founding up until the arrival of the Bolsheviks, with numerous absorbing interactive exhibits.

Open:Daily, except Wednesdays, 11 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm. Tuesday till 5 pm. Last admission is at 4 pm.
Admission:RUB 150.00
Accessibility note:Not wheelchair accessible

History of Peter & Paul Fortress (Nevskaya Curtain Wall)

This exhibition provides a detailed examination of the various stages of building of the Peter and Paul Fortress, with blueprints, antique tools, and interactive displays.

Open:Daily, except Wednesdays, 11 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm. Tuesday till 5 pm. Last admission is at 4 pm.
Admission:RUB 50.00
Accessibility note:Not wheelchair accessible

Museum of Space Exploration and Missile Technology (Ioannovsky Ravelin)

These premises in the Peter and Paul Fortress were used as laboratories for ground-breaking rocket research, and now house a museum charting the Soviet side of the space race.

Open:Daily, except Wednesdays, 11 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm. Tuesday till 5 pm. Last admission is at 4 pm.
Admission:RUB 100.00
Accessibility note:Not wheelchair accessible

Street of Time (Engineering House)

Designed to help teach children about St. Petersburg, this display is arranged as a street of houses from different periods, each with housing a different aspect of the city's history.

Open:Daily, except Wednesdays, 11 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm. Tuesday till 5 pm. Last admission is at 4 pm.
Admission:RUB 90.00
Accessibility note:Not wheelchair accessible

Printing workshop "Pechatnya" (Nevskaya Curtain Wall)

This workshop is both a museum of antique printing presses and a workshop where you can try using the machines for yourself, or pick up printed souvenirs and gifts.

Open:Daily, 10:30 am to 7 pm.
Admission:Free
Accessibility note:Not wheelchair accessible

Neva Panorama Walkway along the walls of the fortress

For superb views across the Neva River, this walk along the tops of the fortress walls is unbeatable, with great opportunities for photography.

Open:Daily, 10 am to 9 pm.
Admission:RUB 300.00
Accessibility note:Not wheelchair accessible

History of the Bell Tower of the Peter & Paul Cathedral

A chance to see the carillion and the historic bells of the Peter & Paul Cathedral, as well as spectacular views of the city centre from the 42m viewing platform.

Open:May 1 to September 15: Open daily, except Wednesdays. Four sessions per day: 11:30 am, 1 pm, 2:30 pm and 4 pm.
Admission:RUB 150.00
Accessibility note:Not wheelchair accessible

St. Isaac's Cathedral

St. Petersburg's largest church, and probably it's most impressive, this monumental neoclassical building has stunning marble interiors and a colonnade with great views of the city.

Address:4, Isaakievskaya Square
Metro:Admiralteyskaya
Open:Daily 10.30 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5.30 pm. Evening openings of the Cathedral in the summer only (May 1 - September 30): 6 pm to 10.30 pm. Evening openings of the Colonnade in the summer only (May 1 - October 31): 6 pm to 10.30 pm. Night openings of the Colonnade in the White Nights only (June 1 - August 20): 10.30 pm to 4.30 am.
Closed:Wednesday
Phone:+7 (812) 315-9732
Website:http://eng.cathedral.ru/isakievskii_sobor/
Admission:Cathedral: Adult: RUB 250.00. Children: RUB 50.00. Audio-guide (in Russian, English, German, French, Italian or Spanish): RUB 100.00. Colonnade: RUB 150.00. Evening openings of the Cathedral in the summer only: RUB 400.00. Evening openings of the Colonnade in the summer only: RUB 300.00. Night openings of the Colonnade in the White Nights only: RUB 400.00
Photo and video:free/included
Accessibility note:The cathedral is wheelchair accessible: there are wheelchair lifts at entrance and exit. Please contact administrator for assistance.

Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood

One of St. Petersburg's most famous landmarks, this brightly decorated Russian Revival church was built on the site of the assassination of Tsar Alexander II.

Address:2, Naberezhnaya Kanala Griboedova
Metro:Nevsky Prospekt / Gostiny Dvor
Open:Daily 10.30 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5.30 pm. Evening openings of the Cathedral in the summer only (May 1 - September 30): 6 pm to 10.30 pm.
Closed:Wednesday
Phone:+7 (812) 314-2168
Website:http://eng.cathedral.ru/spasa_na_krovi/
Admission:Adult: RUB 250.00. Children: RUB 50.00. Audio-guide (in Russian, English, German, French, Italian or Spanish): RUB 100.00. Evening openings of the Cathedral in the summer only: RUB 400.00.
Photo and video:free/included
Accessibility note:The church is wheelchair accessible: there are ramps at entrance and exit. Heavy doors - please contact administrator or security staff for assistance.

Yusupov Palace

Home to one of Imperial Russia's highest noble families, this large neoclassical palace has impressive state rooms, but is most famous as the site of Rasputin's assassination.

Address:94, Naberezhnaya Reki Moiki
Metro:Admiralteyskaya, Sennaya Ploshchad/Sadovaya/Spasskaya
Open:Daily 11 am to 5 pm.
Phone:+7 (812) 314-9883
Website:http://www.yusupov-palace.ru/
Admission:State Room: Adult RUB 700.00, Children RUB 500.00. Murder of Rasputin exhibit: Adult RUB 400.00, Children RUB 300.00. Individual visitors are welcome to see the State Rooms and exhibits with audio-guide (available in Russian, English, French, German, Italian, Finnish and Spanish). Private tours can be arranged in advance.
Ticket purchase online:http://tickets.yusupov-palace.ru/en
Photo and video:free/included
Accessibility note:Many sections of the palace are wheelchair accessible, except the private rooms and exhibits "Last Owners of the Palace" and "Murder of Rasputin".

Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography of the Peoples of the World (Kunstkammer, Kunstkamera)

Russia's first museum, Peter the Great's Kunstkammer reflected the Tsar's varied interests and enthusiasms, and is famous for its collection of embalmed freaks.

Address:3, Universitetskaya Naberezhnaya
Metro:Nevsky Prospekt, Admiralteyskaya, Vasileostrovskaya
Open:Daily from 11 am to 7 pm, Last admission is at 6 pm.
Closed:Mondays and the last Tuesday of each month
Phone:+7 (812) 328-1412, +7 (812) 328-0812
Website:http://www.kunstkamera.ru/en/
Admission:Adult: RUB 250.00. Students/children: RUB 50.00. Admission is free on the third Friday of each month
Photo and video:Free
Accessibility note:Sorry, this museum is not wheelchair accessible.

Peterhof Museum-Reserve

Peter the Great's country retreat boasts a world-famous collection of fountains, as well as beautiful gardens and a fascinating collection of baroque and rococo buildings.

Address:2, Razvodnaya Ulitsa, Peterhof (town)
Phone:+7 (812) 450-5287
Website:http://eng.peterhofmuseum.ru/index.php?lang=eng
Admission:Combined tickets are offered. For example: Lower Park + two pavilions/museums in the park: RUB 1000.00
Ticket purchase online:http://tickets.peterhofmuseum.ru/en

Lower Park with Fountains

As well as Peterhof's celebrated fountains, the Lower Park contains the numerous elegant buildings constructed for Peter the Great along the shores of the Gulf of Finland.

Open:Daily, 9 am to 8 pm. Last admission at 7:30 pm. Fountains operate from 10 am to 6 pm (Saturday and Sunday till 7 pm).
Admission:Summer: RUB 500.00. Students and children: RUB 250.00. Winter: free. Photo (without tripod) is allowed.
Accessibility note:Fully wheelchair accessible

Upper Garden

Surrounding the Grand Palace, Peterhof's Upper Garden is an immaculately laid out formal garden dating from the reign of Empress Elizabeth.

Open:Daily, 9 am to 8 pm.
Admission:Free
Accessibility note:Fully wheelchair accessible

Grand Palace

This elegant baroque palace is the centre of the Peterhof estate, boasting regal facades and stunningly ornate interiors.

Open:Daily, except Mondays, 10:30 am to 7 pm. Last admission is at 5:45 pm. Thursday: 10:30 am to 9 pm. Last admission is at 8 pm.
Admission:RUB 600.00. Students: RUB 300.00. Audio-guide: RUB 500.00. Photo and video not allowed.
Accessibility note:Partial wheelchair access is available. Free wheelchair rental is available.

Church Wing (building)

Recently opened after decades of restoration, the house church of Peterhof's Grand Palace once again boasts Bartolomeo Rastrelli's richly gilded interiors.

Open:Daily, except Mondays, 10:30 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm.
Admission:RUB 400.00. Students and children: RUB 200.00
Accessibility note:Fully wheelchair accessible

Special Collections (Jewelry Collection)

Housed in lavishly decorated chambers that once accommodated visiting royalty, this collection of Imperial jewels includes numerous pieces by Faberge.

Open:Daily, 10:30 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm.
Admission:RUB 500.00. Students and children: RUB 250.00. Audio-guide: RUB 150.00. Photo not allowed.
Accessibility note:Wheelchair not accessible

Grottos of Grand Cascade

Providing the chance to see the mechanisms powering Peterhof's most famous fountains, the grottos are also richly decorated with marble and gilded statuary.

Open:May 28 to October 9: Daily, 11 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5:30 pm.
Admission:RUB 300.00
Accessibility note:Wheelchair not accessible

Monplaisir

The private residence of Peter the Great at Peterhof, Monplaisir confirms the Tsar's excellent taste, with a variety of beautiful and unusual interiors.

Open:May 23 to October 9: Open daily, 10:30 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm.
Admission:RUB 400.00. Audio-guide: RUB 150.00
Accessibility note:Wheelchair not accessible

Catherine Wing (building)

Built for Empress Elizabeth, this pretty smaller residence next to Monplaisir is somewhat inconspicuous, but is used to display the extraordinary Russian Dinner Service.

Open:May 28 to October 9: Daily, 10:30 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm.
Admission:RUB 400.00. Students and children: RUB 200.00. Photo not allowed.
Accessibility note:Wheelchair not accessible

Bath Wing (building)

Developed and adapted over the reigns of several Emperors and Empresses, Peterhof's baths give an unusual glimpse into the intimate daily life of the Imperial family.

Open:Daily, except Wednesdays, 10:30 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm.
Admission:RUB 400.00. Students and children: RUB 200.00. Photo not allowed.
Accessibility note:Wheelchair not accessible

Aviaries of the Lower Park (Voliere)

It should be no surprise that even the birds at Peterhof live in unusual luxury, and these two pavilions - one housing Russian songbirds, one parrots - have beautifully painted ceilings.

Open:May 28 to October 9: Open daily, 10:30 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5:30 pm.
Admission:RUB 250.00
Accessibility note:Wheelchair not accessible

Hermitage

Dating from the Petrine era, this small pavilion was designed to allow the Tsar to dine in privacy with his guests, ensured with an unusual system of pulleys.

Open:Daily, except Tuesdays, 10:30 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm.
Admission:RUB 250.00. Audio-guide: RUB 150.00
Accessibility note:Wheelchair not accessible

Marly

This pretty baroque mansion was designed as a retreat for Peter the Great, and is now used to display many of his personal effects.

Open:Daily, except Mondays, 10:30 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm.
Admission:RUB 250.00. Audio-guide: RUB 150.00
Accessibility note:Wheelchair not accessible

Benois Family Museum

The Benois family, emigres to St. Petersburg after the French Revolution, produced generation after generation of artists, architects and designers, celebrated in this museum.

Open:Daily, except Mondays, 10:30 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm.
Admission:RUB 250.00. Photo not allowed.
Accessibility note:Wheelchair not accessible

Museum of Private Collections

This museum was opened in 2003 to house collections gifted to Peterhof by private collectors, including porcelain and avant-garde art.

Open:Daily, except Mondays, 10:30 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm.
Admission:RUB 250.00
Accessibility note:Wheelchair not accessible

Museum of Playing Cards

A collection charting the history of card games, with beautiful examples from all over the world, as well as other luxurious games and accessories.

Open:Daily, except Mondays, 10:30 am to 5 pm. Last admission is at 4 pm.
Admission:RUB 250.00
Accessibility note:Wheelchair not accessible

Museum of Imperial Yachts

A small pavilion with a collection of models, photographs, and accessories charting the yachting traditions of the Imperial family as begun by the keen sailor Peter the Great.

Open:May 28 to October 9: Open daily, 10:30 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm.
Admission:RUB 250.00
Accessibility note:Wheelchair not accessible

Tsarina's Pavilion and Olga's Pavilion

Commissioned by Nicholas I for his wife and daughter, these two pavilions on islands in the Kolonistsky Park have recently been opened to visitors.

Open:May 28 to October 9: Open daily, 10:30 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 4:45 pm. Pavilions can only be visited with organized group booked in advance.
Admission:Pavilions: RUB 550.00. Gardens on Tsaritsyn and Olgin islands: RUB 100.00
Accessibility note:Fully wheelchair accessible

Alexandria Park

Landscaped for Nicholas I's wife, this rambling park around the cottage palace is a far cry from the elegant splendor of the main park at Peterhof.

Open:Daily, 9 am to 10 pm.
Admission:Daily, 9 am to 5 pm: RUB 200.00. 5 pm to 10 pm: Free
Accessibility note:Fully wheelchair accessible

Cottage Palace

Built to satisfy Empress Alexandra's desire for simplicity and peace, this pretty villa shows a more private side of the Imperial family.

Open:May 28 to October 9: daily, except Mondays, 10 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm. October 10 to May 27: Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Last admission is at 4 pm.
Admission:RUB 400.00. Students and children: RUB 200.00. Photo and video not allowed.
Accessibility note:Wheelchair not accessible

Gothic Capella (Chapel)

This tiny church in the grounds of Nicholas I's Cottage Palace was the private chapel of the Imperial family and has an unusual neo-gothic design.

Open:Daily, except Mondays, 10 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm.
Admission:RUB 250.00
Accessibility note:Fully wheelchair accessible

Farmers' Palace

Once a simple rustic pavilion, this building in Peterhof's Alexandra Park gradually grew to become a sizeable villa for the family of the future Alexander II.

Open:May 28 to October 9: Daily, except Mondays, 10:30 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm. October 10 to May 27: Saturday, Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Last admission is at 4 pm.
Admission:RUB 500.00. Students and children: RUB 250.00
Accessibility note:Wheelchair not accessible

Palace Telegraph Station

Built on the orders Nicholas I, this station connected Peterhof with Kronshtadt and the Winter Palace while the Imperial family had a monopoly on the telegraph in Russia.

Open:May 28 to October 9: Daily, except Mondays, 10:30 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm. October 10 to May 27: Saturday, Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Last admission is at 4 pm.
Admission:RUB 250.00. Students and children: RUB 150.00
Accessibility note:Wheelchair not accessible

Palace of Peter the Great in Strelna

The oldest of St. Petersburg's Imperial suburban residences, this simple wooden palace has a collection of Peter the Great's personal belongings.

Open:27 April to 14 October: daily, except Mondays, 10:30 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm. 15 October to 31 December: Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, 10:30 am to 5 pm. Last admission is at 4 pm. 1 January to 26 April: Saturday, Sunday, 10:30 am to 5 pm. Last admission is at 4 pm.
Admission:RUB 250.00. Students and children: RUB 150.00. Photo and video not allowed.
Accessibility note:Wheelchair not accessible

Tsarskoye Selo Museum-Reserve

The most sumptuously extravagant of St. Petersburg's Imperial Estates, Tsarskoye Selo boasts one of the world's most magnificent palaces, as well as beautiful landscaped gardens and interesting museums.

Address:7, Sadovaya Ulitsa, Pushkin (town)
Phone:+7 (812) 465-5308, +7 (812) 466-6071, +7 (812) 465-2196
Website:http://eng.tzar.ru/
Information for Visitors:http://eng.tzar.ru/info/price

Catherine Palace

Built by the same architect as the Winter Palace, the Catherine Palace is a gilded rococo masterpiece, and home to the famous Amber Room, one of St. Petersburg's top tourist attractions.

Open:May & Sep: Wed to Sun 12.00-17.00; Jun - Aug: Wed to Sun 12.00-19.00; Mondays: 12.00-20.00. Closed: Tuesdays. October through late April entry hours: 10.00-17.00 Wednesday to Sunday, 10.00-20.00 on working Mondays. Closed on Tuesdays and the last Monday of each month. Entry hours for individual visitors during national and school holidays: 12.00-17.00 (12.00-20.00 on Mondays). All other times are reserved for organized groups.
Palace tickets include Catherine Park entrance fee and are available from 10.00 only at two entrances to Catherine Park (Main Entrance near Lyceum and Hermitage Kitchen). Daily quantity of tickets is limited.
Admission:13.00-16.00: Adults - RUB 720; Students (with ID), Schoolchildren above 16 - RUB 360; Visitors under 16 - free. 12.00-12.40 & 16.20-18.40 (Mondays 16.20-19.40): Adults - RUB 520; Students (with ID), Schoolchildren above 16 - RUB 260; Visitors under 16 - free. Audio-guide (English, French, German, Chinese): RUB 150.00. Photo: included. Individual Guided Tour - RUB 5,000: admission includes park fee, escort to palace via VIP Room, guided tour in English.
Accessibility note:The Catherine Palace is wheelchair accessible - a special elevator/lift was installed. Please call in advance as staff assistance may be required.

Catherine Park

This large park shows the tastes of several generations of Romanovs, combining ornate formal gardens with a rambling landscaped park that contains several beautiful follies.

Open:Daily, 7.00-23.00 (May 1 through Jul 31), 7.00-22.00 (Aug 1-30), 7.00-21.00 (Sep 1 through Apr 30).
Admission:Adults - RUB 120, Students (with ID), Schoolchildren above 16 - RUB 60, Visitors under 16 - free (Ticketed admission 10.00-19.00 from April 27 through October 20. Keep your park ticket - you will need it at Catherine Palace's ticket offices!). Park fee currently includes admission to: Grotto, Maids of Honour Garden, Hanging Garden.
Accessibility note:The Catherine Park is wheelchair accessible

Alexander Palace

A superb example of neoclassical grandeur, the Alexander Palace is less famous than the neighboring Catherine Palace, but is slowly being restored to its former glories.

NB:Since 1 September 2015, the Alexander Palace has been closed for restoration and is no longer open to the public. The date of re-opening for the palace has not yet been announced.

Hermitage

Like the Catherine Palace in miniature, this charming blue-and-gold pavilion was designed for private dining, and has superb 18th century interiors that have survived almost completely unaltered.

Open:Open till Sep 30 daily, except Mondays and in rainy weather. Entry hours 11.00-18.00
Admission:Tours with raiser-equipped table demonstration (12.00, 12.30, 15.00, 15.30): Adults - RUB 350, Students (with ID), Schoolchildren above 16 - RUB 180, Visitors under 16 - free.
Accessibility note:Sorry, this museum is not wheelchair accessible.

Turkish Baths

Designed to resemble a mosque, this eccentric pavilion on the shore of the Great Pond has beautiful interiors in "Moorish" style, including some pretty mosaics.

Open:Open till Sep 30 daily, except Wednesdays and in rainy weather. Entry hours 11.00-18.00
Admission:Adults - RUB 200, Students (with ID), Schoolchildren above 16 - RUB 100, Visitors under 16 - free (audio guides in Russian, English and German included)
Accessibility note:Sorry, this museum is not wheelchair accessible.

Grotto

Built for Empress Elizabeth, this pretty folly was used by Catherine the Great to display classical sculptures and vases, and now houses temporary exhibitions.

Open:Daily, except Mondays, 10 am to 6 pm.
Admission:Free admission with valid ticket to Catherine Park
Accessibility note:Sorry, this museum is not wheelchair accessible.

Upper Bathhouse

Although its exterior is unusually simple in comparison with the surrounding buildings, this elegant neoclassical folly is richly decorated inside with copies of Roman murals.

Open:Open till Sep 30 daily, except Wednesdays, Thursdays and in rainy weather. Entry hours 11.00-18.30
Admission:Admission fees vary depending on temporary exhibits.
Accessibility note:Sorry, this museum is not wheelchair accessible.

Lower Bathhouse

Bearing some resemblance to a Russian church, this peculiarly shaped pavilion actually has a highly functional design, as can be seen in the recently opened exhibition inside.

Open:Open Friday to Wednesday. Entry hours 11.00-18.00. Closed: Thursdays and in raiy weather
Admission:Adults - RUB 150, Students (with ID), Schoolchildren above 16 - RUB 80, Visitors under 16 - free (audio guides in Russian, English and German included)
Accessibility note:Sorry, this museum is not wheelchair accessible.

Concert Hall

Designed as a temple to the goddess Ceres, Giacomo Quarenghi's large musical pavilion has strictly elegant facades and richly decorated interiors.

Open:Open till Sepr 30 daily, except Mondays, Tuesdays and in raiy weather, 11.00-19.00
Admission:Admission fees vary depending on temporary exhibits.
Accessibility note:Sorry, this museum is not wheelchair accessible.

Museum of Festive Horse Carriages

Displaying a wide array of conveyances, many of them astonishingly luxurious, this collection is based on a museum founded by Tsar Alexander II.

Open:Open 10.00-18.00 (last entry 17.00) daily except Wednesdays and the last Tuesday of each month.
Admission:Adults - RUB 200, Students (with ID), Schoolchildren above 16 - RUB 100, Visitors under 16 - free
Accessibility note:Fully wheelchair accessible

Cold Bath Pavilion (incl. Exhibition Agate Rooms: The Way to Revival (history and restoration of the Agate Rooms))

Less famous than the Amber Room, the remarkable 18th century interiors of the Cold Bath pavilion were no less unique, and are currently being painstakingly restored.

Open:Open daily, except Thursdays and in rainy weather. Entry hours: 11.00-18.00. Admission every 30 minutes.
Admission:Adults - RUB 300, Students (with ID), Schoolchildren above 16 - RUB 150, Visitors under 16 - free (audio guides in Russian, English and German included)
Accessibility note:Sorry, this museum is not wheelchair accessible.

Pavlovsk Museum-Reserve

A short distance from the more famous Tsarskoye Selo, Pavlovsk's charms are modest in comparison, but nonetheless include a beautiful neoclassical palace and attractively rambling parkland.

Address:20, Sadovaya Ulitsa, Pavlovsk (town)
Phone:+7 (812) 452-1536
Website:http://www.pavlovskmuseum.ru/

Grand Palace

The Palace at Pavlovsk is not grand in dimensions, but designed with the elegant restraint of severe neoclassicism it nonetheless impresses, and has some beautifully decorated interiors.

Open:May 1 to October 31: Open daily, except the first Monday of each month, 10 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm. November 1 to April 30: Open daily, except Friday, and the first Monday of each month. The museum reserves the right to open ONLY the State Rooms and close other exhibits on Public Holidays.
Admission:Adult: RUB 500.00. Family (2 Adults + 1 Child): RUB 900.00. Family (2 Adults + 2 Child): RUB 1150.00. Photo: RUB 200.00 Video: RUB 300.00. Temporary exhibits: RUB 150.00 each
Accessibility note:No wheelchair access in the palace.

Pavlovsk Park

A superb example of English-style landscaping, this huge park has beautiful rolling vistas, dense woodland, and several charming follies.

Open:Daily, 6 am to 12 pm.
Admission:May 1 to October 31, Daily, 10.00-18.00: Adult: RUB 150.00. November 1 to April 30: Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10.00-18.00: RUB 150.00. All other days and times: Free
Accessibility note:Full wheelchair access to the park is available.

Rose Pavilion

The centre of Pavlovsk Park, this elegant neoclassical pavilion is a fine example of early 19th century wooden architecture, and was the favourite haunt of Empress Maria Fyodorovna.

Open:May 1 to October 31: daily, except Monday & Friday, 11 am to 6 pm. Closed on all other dates
Admission:Adult: RUB 150.00. Schoolchildren: RUB 100.00
Accessibility note:Sorry, this museum is not wheelchair accessible.

Private Garden of Empress Maria Fyodorovna

Reserved exclusively for the owners of the Grand Palace, this small but beautifully executed garden was designed by Charles Cameron as a cozy retreat.

Open:May 1 to October 31: daily, 11 am to 7 pm. Closed on all other dates
Admission:Adult: RUB 150.00. Schoolchildren: RUB 100.00
Accessibility note:Full wheelchair access to the park is available.

Temple of Friendship

A typical neoclassical rotunda, the Temple of Friendship was dedicated to Catherine the Great, and her likeness is featured in a series of flattering sculptures and bas-reliefs.

Open:May 1 to October 31: daily, except Monday & Friday, 11 am to 6 pm. Closed on all other dates
Admission:Free
Accessibility note:No wheelchair access in the museum.

Museum of Costumes

This collection of men's and women's clothing shows the ceremonial costumes of the Imperial family through several generations, as well as historic army uniforms and civilian attire.

Open:Daily, except Tuesdays and Fridays, 10 am to 6 pm. Visits only for organized groups and by prior arrangement.
Admission:Adult: RUB 150.00. Audio guides in English RUB 150.00
Accessibility note:No wheelchair access in the museum.

Oranienbaum Museum-Reserve (Lomonosov Museum-Reserve)

Perhaps the least known of St. Petersburg's suburban estates, Oranienbaum can boast a truly superb baroque palace and charming parkland with a number of uniquely interesting buildings.

Address:50, Dvortsovy Prospekt, Lomonosov (town)
Phone:+7 (812) 450-5287
Website:http://peterhofmuseum.ru/page.php?id=7

Oranienbaum Park

Located on a slight incline, this pretty landscaped park is slowly being restored to its former glories, and contains a number of unusual architectural features.

Open:Daily, 9 am to 8 pm.
Admission:RUB 200.00 (Ticketed admission: May to October 9am to 5pm in Saturday, Sunday and public holidays)
Accessibility note:Wheelchair access to the park

Grand Menshikov Palace

This superbly elegant baroque palace was originally built for Peter the Great's closest adviser, and was the only suburban palace to survive World War 2 intact.

Open:Daily, except Tuesday, 10:30 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm. Closed: May 1 to October 9: Monday. October 10 to April 30: Tuesday and the last Wednesday of each month.
Admission:Adult: RUB 500.00 Children: RUB 250.00
Accessibility note:No wheelchair access in the museum.

Chinese Palace

The favorite retreat of Catherine the Great, this small but exquisitely designed neoclassical villa has superbly restored interiors in "Oriental" style.

Open:May 1 to October 9: Daily, except Monday, 10:30 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm.
Admission:Adult: RUB 400.00 Children: RUB 200.00. Photo not allowed
Accessibility note:No wheelchair access in the museum.

Palace of Peter III

This modest two-storey building was built for the future Peter III, and was the centre of Petershtadt, his peculiar model fortress of which he styled himself the Commandant.

Open:May 1 to October 9: Daily, except Monday, 10:30 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm. October 10 to April 30: Saturday and Friday, 10:30 am to 5 pm. Last admission is at 4 pm.
Admission:Adult: RUB 400.00 Children: RUB 200.00. Photo not allowed
Accessibility note:No wheelchair access in the museum.

Stone Hall

Built as part of a Summer Palace for Peter III, this simple two-storey block by Antonio Rinaldi was later used as a Lutheran church, and is now an exhibition and concert hall.

Open:May 1 to October 9: Daily, except Tuesday, 10:30 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm. October 10 to April 30: Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 am to 5 pm. Last admission is at 4 pm.
Admission:Adult: RUB 250.00 Children: RUB 150.00
Accessibility note:No wheelchair access in the museum.

Gatchina Museum-Reserve

Gatchina was the preferred summer residence for four generations of Romanov Emperors, and their very different characters and tastes are represented in the varied buildings of this charming estate.

Address:1, Krasnoarmeysky Prospekt, Gatchina (town)
Phone:+7 (812) 958-0366
Open:June 15 to August 31: Daily, 10 am to 7 pm. Last admission is at 6 pm. Closed on July 7 and August 4. September 1 to June 14: Daily, 10 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm. Closed on Monday and the first Tuesday of each month.
Website:http://gatchinapalace.ru/en/

Grand Palace

Admission:RUB 300.00. Children: RUB 150.00. Audio-guide RUB 200.00
Accessibility note:Sorry, this museum is not wheelchair accessible.

Gatchina Park

Admission:Free
Accessibility note:Wheelchair access is available to the grounds of the park.

Prioratsky Palace

Admission:Adult: RUB 150.00 Children: RUB 70.00
Accessibility note:Sorry, this museum is not wheelchair accessible.

Pavilion of Venus

Open:May to October: daily, 10 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm
Admission:Adult: RUB 50.00 Children: RUB 20.00
Accessibility note:Sorry, this museum is not wheelchair accessible.

White-birch House

Open:May to October: daily, 10 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm
Admission:Adult: RUB 50.00 Children: RUB 20.00
Accessibility note:Sorry, this museum is not wheelchair accessible.

Private Garden

Open:May to October: daily, 10 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm.
Admission:Adult: RUB 50.00 Children: RUB 20.00
Accessibility note:Sorry, this museum is not wheelchair accessible.

Signal Tower

Admission:Adult: RUB 50.00 Children: RUB 20.00
Accessibility note:Sorry, this museum is not wheelchair accessible.

Russian Ethnography Museum

Located next to the State Russian Museum, this superb museum has an equally rich collection covering the lives and customs of all the ethnic groups in the former Russian Empire.

Address:4/1, Inzhenernaya Ulitsa
Metro:Nevsky Prospekt or Gostiny Dvor
Open:Tuesday, 10 am to 9 pm. Last admission is at 8 pm. Wednesday to Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm.
Closed:Monday and the last Friday of each month
Phone:+7 (812) 570-5662
Website:http://eng.ethnomuseum.ru/
Admission:Adult: RUB 250.00. Student: RUB 100.00. Children: RUB 50.00
Photo and video:Photo: RUB 150.00 Video: RUB 350.00
Accessibility note:Wheelchair access is available. Elevators at the entrance and within the museum. Please call in advance as staff assistance may be required.

Museum of Political History of Russia

Housed in a beautiful art nouveau mansion, this lively and entertaining museum has a great collection of Soviet propaganda material.

Address:2-4, Ulitsa Kuybysheva
Metro:Gorkovskaya
Open:Daily from 10 am to 6 pm, Last admission is at 5 pm.
Closed:Thursdays and on the last Monday of each month.
Phone:+7 (812) 233-7052
Website:http://en.polithistory.ru/
Admission:Adult: RUB 200.00. Students/children: RUB 100.00. Audio-guide: RUB 100.00
Photo and video:Photo free. Video not allowed.
Accessibility note:Sorry, this museum is not wheelchair accessible (no elevator/lift, many stairs).

Museum of Artillery, Engineering Forces and Signal Corps

This historic museum next to the Peter and Paul Fortress has a huge collection of military hardware and memorabilia from the Second World War.

Address:7, Aleksandrovsky Park
Metro:Gorkovskaya, Sportivnaya
Open:Wednesday to Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm, last admission is at 5 pm
Closed:Monday, Tuesday as well as the last Thursday of each month
Phone:+7 (812) 232-0296
Website:http://www.artillery-museum.ru/
Admission:Adult: RUB 400.00. Student: RUB 250.00
Photo and video:Photo: RUB 150.00 Video: RUB 150.00
Accessibility note:Wheelchair access is available to main collections on the 1st and 2nd floors. Third floor is not accessible.

Cruiser Aurora

The ship that started the October Revolution is actually surprisingly modest, but nonetheless essential viewing for the historically minded.

Address:Off Petrovskaya Naberezhnaya, opposite the Nakhimov Navy School
Metro:Gorkovskaya
Open:Daily 10:30 am to 4 pm
Closed:Monday and Friday
Phone:+7 (812) 230-8440
Website:http://www.aurora.org.ru/eng/index.php
Admission:RUB 300.00. Students: RUB 100.00
Photo and video:Photo: RUB 50.00. Video: RUB 100.00
Accessibility note:Sorry, this museum is not wheelchair accessible.

Mikhailovsky Castle (St. Michael's Castle, Engineers Castle) (branch of the State Russian Museum)

The site of the assassination of Pavel I, this extraordinary building is now home to the Russian Museum's main sculpture collections and works by foreign artists who lived in St. Petersburg.

Address:2, Sadovaya Ulitsa
Metro:Nevsky Prospekt / Gostiny Dvor
Open:Daily 10am to 6pm. Last admission is at 5.30pm. Thursday: 1pm to 9pm. Last admission is at 8.30pm.
Closed:Tuesday
Phone:+7 (812) 595-4248, +7 (812) 318-1608
Website:http://www.rusmuseum.ru/
Admission:Adult: RUB 300.00. Students: RUB 150.00
Photo and video:RUB 250.00
Accessibility note:Full wheelchair access. Free wheelchair rentals. Please call in advance +7 (812) 570-5112 as staff assistance may be required.

Marble Palace (branch of the State Russian Museum)

The splendid building of the Marble Palace is used for some of the Russian Museum's best temporary displays, and also has two absorbing permanent collections of 19th and 20th century art.

Address:5/1, Milionnaya Ulitsa
Metro:Nevsky Prospekt / Gostiny Dvor
Open:Daily 10am to 6pm. Last admission is at 5.30pm. Thursday: 1pm to 9pm. Last admission is at 8.30pm.
Closed:Tuesday
Phone:+7 (812) 595-4248, +7 (812) 312-9196
Website:http://www.rusmuseum.ru/
Admission:Adult: RUB 300.00. Students: RUB 150.00
Photo and video:RUB 250.00
Accessibility note:Full wheelchair access. Free wheelchair rentals. Please call in advance +7 (812) 312-9196 as staff assistance may be required.

Faberge Museum

World's largest collection of works by Faberge is at the Shuvalov Palace in St. Petersburg.

Address:21, Naberezhnaya Reki Fontanki
Metro:Nevsky Prospekt, Gostiny Dvor
Open:Monday - Sunday, from 10 am to 9 pm. Last admission at 8 pm.
Closed:Friday
Phone:+7 (812) 333-2655
Website:http://fabergemuseum.ru/
Admission:Adult: RUB 450.00. Audio-guide: RUB 150.00
Ticket purchase online:http://tickets.fsv.ru/en
Photo and video:Free
Accessibility note:Sorry, this museum is not wheelchair accessible.

Museum of Urban Sculpture

Based around the cemetery of the Alexander Nevsky Monastery, this idiosyncratic museum fulfills a variety of permanent functions and has a very varied program of temporary art exhibitions.

Address:179/2, Nevsky Prospekt
Metro:Ploschad Alexandra Nevskogo
Phone:+7 (812) 274-2579, +7 (812) 274-3860, +7 (812) 274-2635, +7 (812) 274-2580
Website:http://www.gmgs.ru/

Exhibition Hall of Monumental Sculpture

A collection of models of nearly all the public monuments in St. Petersburg, this museum gives visitors the chance to trace the development of monumental sculpture over the centuries.

Open:Daily, except Thursdays, 10 am to 5 pm.
Admission:RUB 150.00. Children/students: RUB 50.00
Accessibility note:No wheelchair access to this facility.

Necropolis of the 18th century (cemetery)

This is a cemetery, not a museum, but it is worth visiting to see some elaborately ornate graves, and to pay respects to many of the great and good, including Mikhail Lomonosov and Gavrila Derzhavin.

Open:Daily, except Thursdays, 9:30 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5:30 pm.
Admission:RUB 150.00. Children/students: RUB 50.00
Accessibility note:Full wheelchair access to necropolis/cemetery.

Necropolis of Masters of Arts (cemetery)

This part of the monastery cemetery lives up to its name, holding the graves of, among others, Dostoevsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Glinka and Mussorgsky.

Open:Daily, 9:30 am to 9 pm. Last admission is at 8:30 pm.
Admission:RUB 150.00. Children/students: RUB 50.00
Accessibility note:Full wheelchair access to necropolis/cemetery.

Blagoveschenskaya Burial Vault

The first stone church in St. Petersburg, this elegant baroque building was originally designed as a burial vault for the Imperial family, and features the ornate tombs of the city's high and mighty.

Open:On Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm. Last admission at 4:30 pm. Closed on Mondays and Thursdays.
Admission:RUB 100.00. Children/students: RUB 50.00
Accessibility note:No wheelchair access to this facility.
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