MUSEUMS - WORLD CULTURAL HERITAGE
The atmosphere of the Renaissance is interwined with the notes of the modern art in the walls of museums in Saint Petersburg. Renaissance in interwined with the notes of modern art in the walls of museums in Saint petersburg. Enjoy the works of Dutch and Flemish painters in the Hermitage; landscape paintings in the Russian Museum; and literary heritage in the Anna Akhmatova Museum and the Pushkin House-Museum.
THE RUSSIAN MUSEUM
The Russian Museum is the world’s largest museum of Russian art, a unique architectural and artistic complex in the historical centre of Saint Petersburg.
The Russian Museum exhibits almost 400,000 individual works. Here you can see not only paintings and sculptures, but also decorative-applied art, household items, coins and medals.
The main retrospective exhibition of the museum is located in the Michael Palace (Arch. Karl Rossi, 1819–1825), built for the son of Emperor Paul I, Grand Duke Michael Pavlovich, and in the Benoit Building, originally built as an exhibition pavilion of the Academy of Arts (Arch. L. N. Benoit and I. S. Ovyannikov, 1914–1919).
The total area of the museum is now more than 30 hectares. The collection is housed in buildings that are outstanding architectural monuments of the 18th–19th centuries: Mikhailovsky, Stroganovsky, Marble Palaces and Mikhailovsky Castle. The museum complex also includes the Mikhailovsky Garden, the Summer Garden with the Summer Palace of Peter I and the House of Peter I.
The Russian Museum is an extensive museum complex and the largest renowned research, restoration and conservation centre, overseeing the work of all art museums in the country.
For more information please check: en.rusmuseum.ru
THE STATE HERMITAGE MUSEUM
The State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg occupies an honorary place in the former Imperial Palace. Exhibitions change regularly, allowing visitors to admire each of the three million works of art, including the works of Rembrandt and Picasso.
The State Hermitage also has a collection of monuments of world culture, with paintings, graphics, sculptures and works of applied art, archaeological finds and numismatic material.
The year 1764 is considered to be the date of the foundation of the Hermitage, when Catherine II acquired a collection of paintings from the Berlin merchant I. E. Gotskowski. The day of its foundation is celebrated on 7 December every year – Saint Catherine’s Day.
Main Museum complex, Palace Embankment, 32-38
- Winter Palace
- Little Hermitage
- Old (Big) Hermitage
- Hermitage Theatre
- New Hermitage
- Winter Palace Reserve House
Main Headquarters, Palace Square, 6-8
Menshikov Palace. University Embankment, 15
Peter I Winter Palace, 34 Palace Embankment
Imperial Porcelain Factory Museum, Obukhovskaya Defence Avenue, 151
Old Village Restoration and Preservation Center, Zausadeja Street, 37
Exchange, Exchange Square, 4
For more information please check: www.hermitagemuseum.org
Erarta is the first museum of modern art in Saint Petersburg and the largest private museum of modern art in Russia.
The museum’s collection includes works created by Russian artists in the second half of the 20th and early 21st centuries. The collection has 2,800 storage units, housing paintings, graphics, sculptures, objects and installations. The museum periodically adds to its collection, cooperating with artists working in different regions of Russia and representing different generations and directions in the fine arts. The Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art has been repeatedly included in the list of interesting
According to the tourism portals of the world’s largest travel guide, ‘Lonely Planet’, it is one of the top ten museums in Russia. It has also been named by National Geographic as one of the five museums in Saint Petersburg that must be visited, and has become the country’s first museum of modern art, presented at the Culture Project.
For more information please check: https://www.erarta.com/
On 19 November 2013 in the Shuvalov Palace in Saint Petersburg, the official ceremony of the opening of the first non-governmental Fabergé Museum in Russia took place. The organisation-founder of the museum is the cultural-historical fund Communication of Times, founded in 2004 by Viktor Vekselberg with the aim of returning lost cultural values to Russia.
The project of creating a number of museums in Russia dedicated to the work of the great jeweller Karl Fabergé appeared at the foundation Communication of Times after the acquisition of Viktor Wesselberg in 2004 of a unique collection of works of Fabergé, collected by Malcolm Forbes. Starting from this moment, the foundation began to form a collection of Russian decorative-applied and visual arts. Today, it has more than 4,000 units of storage, and, in terms of its size, typological variety and highest quality of works, many of which belonged to the imperial family and other representatives of the monarchical courts of Europe, it is undoubtedly one of the best museums in the world.
For more information please check:https://fabergemuseum.ru/
GREATEST THEATRES OF OPERA AND BALLET
THE MARIINSKY THEATRE
Today, the Mariinsky Theatre is a theatre and concert complex that is unique in its creative and educational possibilities: Along with the historic building of the Mariinsky Theatre, built in 1860 as a project of Antonio Rinaldi, and the Concert Hall, opened in 2006, the Mariinsky-2 – a new stage of the Mariinsky Theatre – opened its doors in 2013. The Mariinsky Theatre Centre, with renewed strength, confirmed the status of the Mariinsky Theatre as the world’s largest cultural institution.
For more information please check: https://www.mariinsky.ru/playbill/playbill
THE MIKHAILOVSKY THEATRE
The Mikhailovsky Theatre is one of the oldest theatres in St. Petersburg. Founded in 1833 as an imperial theatre, for many years it was home to French and German theatre troupes. After the October Revolution, the decision was made to turn the theatre into an opera house. In 1918, an opera company was formed and the theatre was gradually transformed into a ‘laboratory of Soviet opera’. It was the venue for the world premières of Shostakovich’s operas The Nose and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, as well as Prokofiev’s War and Peace. In 1933, outstanding choreographer Fyodor Lopukhov founded the theatre’s ballet company, whose performances of The Bright Stream, Yaroslavna, and Tsar Boris were landmark events in the world of ballet.
The twenty-first century saw the theatre become one of Russia’s leading artistic collectives. In recent decades, the ballet company has been headed by Farukh Ruzimatov, Mikhail Messerer, and Nacho Duato. The theatre’s Artistic Director is Vladimir Kekhman.
The Mikhailovsky Theatre collaborates with the Hermitage: the theatre’s chamber orchestra and opera and ballet companies give regular performances in the Hermitage Theatre and the museum’s exhibition halls. The theatre is home to a close-knit creative team. Every première is an event, and the theatre is loved both by St. Petersburg’s residents and by its guests, who are eager to include a visit to the Mikhailovsky in their itinerary.
For more information please check: https://www.mikovsky.ru/afisha/performances/
THE IMPERIAL ALEXANDRINSKY THEATRE
The magnificent building of the Imperial Alexandrinsky Theatre, built by Karl Ivanovich Rossi, is part of the famous ensemble of Ostrovsky Square and Zodchu Rossi Street. Luxuriously decorated and carved in gold, the Puntz silk-and-velvet auditorium of the historical building of the theatre is a place that needs to be seen, having found itself in Saint Petersburg.
In honour of the wife of Emperor Nikolai I, Alexandra Feodorovna, the building is named Alexandrinsky Theatre. Alexandrinsky Theatre is a masterpiece of world theatre architecture, protected by UNESCO.
For more information please check: https://en.alexandrinsky.ru/