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The Hermitage.

State Hermitage Museum
The State Hermitage is one of the greatest and most famous museums of the world, the largest art museum in Russia. The museum was founded in 1764 when Catherine the Great purchased a collection of 255 paintings in Berlin. Today, the Hermitage boasts over 2.7 million exhibits and displays a diverse range of art from all over the world, including masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Gogh, Matisse, Gaugin, etc.
Address: 34 Dvortsovaya Embankment.
Tel.: +7 (812) 710 9079, 710 9625, 571 8446
Open: Tue-Sat 10.30–18.00, Sun 10.30–17.00.
Closed: Mon.

Menshikov’s Palace
Alexander Menshikov, a favorite and companion of Peter the Great, was the Governor General of Saint-Petersburg. He built a large luxurious palace on Vassilievsky island, far superior to the residence of Peter the Great. Therefore it was chosen to host various official functions. Nowadays, the Palace houses a collection of Russian cultural artifacts from the early 18th century.

State Russian Museum.

State Russian Museum
The State Russian Museum is the world’s largest museum of Russian art. The collection of the Russian Museum exceeding 320 thousand works and covers the entire history of Russian fine art from the 12th century to the present day.
Address: 4/2, Inzhenernaya St.
Metro stations: Gostiny Dvor, Nevsky Prospekt
Tel.: +7 (812) 595 4248, 314 8368
Open: Wed-Sun 10.00–18.00, Mon 10.00–17.00.
Closed: Thu.

Mikhailovsky (Engineering) Castle
A permanent exhibition of formal court portraits displaying in Mikhailovsky Castle is the first attempt to create a national portrait gallery in Russia, from Peter the Great to Nikolay the Second and numerous representatives of the Tzars’ family as well. Many of the portraits were done by famous national and foreign masters.
Address: 4/2, Inzhenernaya St.
Tel: +7 (812) 595 4248
Open: Wed-Sun 10.00–18.00, Mon 10.00–17.00.
Closed: Tue.

The Mikhailovsky Palace.

Marble Palace
The Marble Palace is a vivid memorial to architecture of the early classical period. Various types of marble and granite were widely used for details of the facade and decoration of the interior. In the outer court stands the statue of Alexander III, created by sculptor Paolo Trubetskoy. Exhibits in the Marble Palace are devoted to inter-connections between Russian and Western art. The permanent exhibit “Foreign artists in Russia” presents numerous works by masters of painting and sculpture who influenced the development of Russian art from the 18th to the first half of the 19th century. A unique complement to this area is “Ludwig Museum in the Russian Museum” which presents works of Western and Russian artists of the period from post-war time up to 1990s: Jasper Johns, Pablo Picasso, Jeff Koons, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warholl, Joseph Beuys, Ilya Kabakov, Eric Bulatov etc.
The Kunstkammer.

Address: 5/1 Millionnaya St.
Tel. +7 (812) 312 9196
Open: Wed-Sun 10.00–18.00, Mon 10.00–17.00.
Closed: Tue.

The most exotic museum in the city is undoubtedly the Kunstkammer (meaning “Chamer of Rarities” in German) founded in 1718 as the first public museum in Russia. Nowadays the museum contains collection of “monsters and rarities” gathered by Peter the Great, and collections of Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography. One of the most famous exhibits of the Kunstkammer is the unique Globe-Planetarium which has the diameter of 3,1 meters.
Address: 3 University Emb.
Tel.: +7 (812) 328 1412,
Fax: +7(812) 328 0811
Open: 11:00–17:00.
Closed: Mon, the last Thu of every month.

Aurora Cruiser.

Aurora Cruiser
The Aurora is an old Russian cruiser which was build in 1903 to be part of the Russian Baltic fleet. Aurora participated in the in October Revolution of 1917 by firing a blank shot to launch the Bolsheviks attack of the Winter Palace where the Provisional Government was situated. Now it is a ship museum.
Address: Petrovskaja Naberezhnaya,
Tel.: +7 (812) 230 8440
Open: 10:30–16:00;
Closed: Mondays and Fridays.
Admission charge.

The “Pushkinskaya-10” Art Centre
The story of The St Petersburg “Pushkinskaya-10” Art Centre began in 1989 when a group of independent artists, musicians and others in the arts occupied a condemned building on Pushkinskaya Street. With the goal in mind of establishing a contemporary art centre, they developed the concept and registered their project as a non-governmental, non-profit organization, now called The “Free Culture” Society. The Art Centre visitors can not only get impressions about contemporary art, but can also buy paintings, graphics, books, albums and music. At the Information Bureau “Kultprosvet” they can receive information about the history of St Petersburg’s underground. They can study drawing in The Studio of Fine Arts. On the last Saturday of June, The “Pushkinskaya-10” Art Centre celebrates its birthday. On that day, a festival of contemporary art fills all the exhibition spaces in The Center and in The Museum of Nonconformist Art, as well as in the building, in the courtyards, and on the stairways.
“The Summer Garden”.

Address: Pushkinskaya str., bld.10, of.1
Nearest metro: Ploshad Vosstania
Tel.: +7 (812) 764 5371

Central Exhibition Hall Manezh.

Central Exhibition Hall Manezh
Before the Revolution of 1917 Manezh was one of the places of interest in the northern capital. In Soviet times it became an exhibition hall and nowadays it is one of the centers of art life in the North of Russia.
Address: The St. Isaac’s square, 1
Nearest metro: Gostinny Dvor
Tel.: +7 (812) 312 2243
Opened Mon–Wed, Fri–Sun, 11.00–19.00



Alexandrinsky Theater
The Alexandrinsky Theater.
The Russian State Pushkin Academy Drama Theater — the legendary Alexandrinsky Theater — is the oldest Russian national theater. It was founded by the Senate’s Decree, signed by Empress Elizabeth (daughter of Peter the Great) on August 30, 1756, the day of Saint Alexander Nevsky. This theater is the progenitor of all Russian theaters and the date of its foundation is the birthday of the Russian professional theater. Foundation of the theater gave a start to the Russian state policy in the field of theater arts. 
Address: Ostrovskogo Square, 2
Nearest metro: Gostinny Dvor
Tel.: +7 (812) 312 1545

Mariinsky Theatre
The history of the Mariinsky Ballet Company dates from 1783, when the Bolshoi Theatre was opened on the site now occupied by the Conservatoire. The new theatre was opened on the 2nd of October 1860 with a performance of Glinka´s opera A Life for the Tsar. It was named the after Alexander II´s wife Maria. According to contemporaries, it was “the finest theatre in Europe”.The unique curtain, an emblem of the Mariinsky Theatre, was created in 1914 by the famous designer Alexander Golovin. Previously dark red, its colour scheme was altered to blue in 1952 by the artists Simon Virsaladze and Mikhail Zandin, in keeping with the general tone of the auditorium´s decor. During the Second World War, more than twenty shells struck the theatre building, yet by the autumn of 1944 it had already been restored to its former glory.
The Mariinsky theatre.

In the late 1960´s, the stage was rebuilt in the course of further reconstruction work carried out by Sergei Gelfer, from the foundations right up to the flies. The rising floor and other technical improvements offer new opportunities for the positioning of the orchestra and permit highly complicated stage effects.
Address: Theater Square, 1
Nearest metro: Sadovaya
Tel.: +7 (812) 326 4141



Address: Sherbakov pereulok, 17
Nearest metro: Dostoevskaya
Tel.: +7 (812) 947 7070
Opened: Wed–Thu 18.00–01.00, Fri-Sat 18.00–06.00. Face control

Fish Fabrique
Night view of the Palace Bridge and the Kunstkamera.
Address: Ligovsky prospect, 53
Nearest metro: Ploshad Vosstania
Tel.: +7 (812) 764 4857
Opened: Mon–Sun 15.00–06.00. Face control

Address: Voronezhskaya street, 2a
Nearest metro: Ligovsky prospect
Tel.: +7 (812) 764 4355
Opened: Mon–Sun 12.00–06.00. Face control, dress-code

Address: 3 Sovetskaya street, 2/3
Nearest metro: Ploshad Vosstaniat
Tel.: +7 (812) 274 9467
Opened: Mon–Thu 19.00–00.00, Fri–Sat 19.00–06.00.

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