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Museums of Saint Petersburg

ART

The State Hermitage Museum
The State Hermitage is one of greatest museums in the world. Five historical buildings, including Winter Palace - the residence of Russian tsars, make the basis of the museum complex. The Hermitage keeps about 3 million monuments of culture and art of the European and Oriental peoples, from high antiquity till nowadays: pictures, graphic sheets, sculptures, a richest collection of applied art items, over a million coins and medals, archaeologic materials. Among the Hermitage's treasures, there are artworks by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Titian, fine things by Rembrandt and Rubens, famous collection of impressionists and post-impressionists, Matisse and Picasso. World-renowned are the collections of Scythian gold and the antiquities from the Black Sea North Littoral.
Open: 10.30 - 17.00, SUN till 16.00. Closed on MON.
2 Dvortsovaya pl., tel. 710-9625.
Nevskiy Prospekt

The Menshikov's Palace
The palace of city's first General Governor, A.Menshikov, occupies the first masoned building in St.Petersburg (architects F.Fontana and J.Schaedel). The building preserves fragments of the original interiors of the XVIII century, including the famous Dutch stove- tiles. The palace also features an exhibition, owing to the Hermitage collections, on Russian culture in the era of Peter the Great.
Open: 10.30 - 16.30. Closed on MON.
15 Universitetskaya nab., tel. 323-1112.
Vasileostrovskaya

Museum of Porcelain
A new department of the State Hermitage, opened on Lomonosov Porcelain Factory grounds. 2 restored halls contain the exhibition of porcelain made in Royal Porcelain Manufacture during 1744-1917, an exhibition on how the museum collection was formed, and products by the famous West-European porcelain manufactures and artistic glassware.
Open: 10.30 - 17.00, SUN till 16.00. Closed on MON.
151 Obukhovskoy Oborony pr., tel. 560-8300.
Lomonosovskaya

The State Russian Museum
Opened in 1898 in the Mikhaylovsky Palace (architect C.Rossi), the museum possesses nearly 400,000 exhibits. It is the largest in the country collection of Russian art, from ancient icons to the Avant-garde painting of the XX century. Renewed exhibition «The Art of the XX Century» contains works by M.Vrubel, V.Serov, K.Petrov-Vodkin, M.Chagall, K.Malevich, P.Filonov, and others, less renowned painters from the largest artistic unions of last century.
Open: 10.00 - 17.00, MON till 16.00. Closed on TUE.
2 Inzhenernaya ul., tel. 595-4248.
Gostinyy Dvor, Nevskiy Prospekt

The Marble Palace
An architectural monument of the mid-XVIII century (architect A.Rinaldi). Over 30 tints of marble were used for the decoration of the palace, hence the name Marble Palace, which was bestowed by delighted contemporaries. The main exhibitions: «Peter Ludvig Museum in the Russian Museum», «The Collection of Brothers Rzhevskiy», «Konstantin Romanov - a Poet of the Silver Age».
Open: 10.00 - 17.00, MON till 16.00. Closed on TUE.
5/11 Millionnaya ul., tel. 312-9196.
Gostinyy Dvor, Nevskiy Prospekt

Mikhaylovsky (Inzhenerny) Castle
The castle was constructed to protect the Russian emperor Paul I. Ironically, it was here where he was assassinated on the night of March 12, 1801. Since 1817, the castle housed an Engineering School, which was attended by many great Russian figures of the past, including the writer F.Dostoyevsky. Permanent exhibitions: «Classic Subjects in Russian Art» and «The Renaissance and the Creative Activity of Russian Artists».
Open: 10.00 - 17.00, MON till 16.00. Closed on TUE.
2 Sadovaya ul., tel. 313-4173.
Gostinyy Dvor, Nevskiy Prospekt

Stroganoff Palace
The oldest of palaces under the Russian Museum supervision. For al-most 2 centuries, it was the property of Barons and Counts Stroganoff. Its building was begun in 1738 and headed by M.Zemtsov. However, F.Rastrelli is considered as its real author who completed the outward appearance of the palace. The interiors were worked out by the remarkable Russian architects F.Demertsov, A.Voronikhin, G.Bosse, et al. A permanent exhibition «The Gallery of Russian Porcelain» is opened in the restored first-floor suite of rooms.
Open: 10.00 - 17.00, MON till 16.00. Closed on TUE.
17 Nevskiy pr., tel. 571-2360.
Gostinyy Dvor


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The Russian Ethnographic Museum
The exhibitions of the museum illustrate the everyday life and culture of the peoples of Russia in the XIX-XX centuries. The collections of the museum have over half a million exhibits. In the Special Storeroom, shown are jewelry, weapons, and religious objects, made of precious metals. A new permanent exhibition «Peoples of Russian North-West and Baltic Countries» is open.
Open: 10.00 - 17.00. Closed on MON and on the last FRI of every month.
4/1 Inzhenernaya ul., tel. 313-4320.
Gostinyy Dvor, Nevskiy Prospekt

St.Isaac's Cathedral, Museum-monument
One of the finest architectural monuments of the XIX century (architect A.Montferrand), formerly principal cathedral of the Russian capital, the largest cathedral in town able to accommodate ca.10,000 people. The cathedral is graced with 112 solid granite columns weighing up to 114 tons each, and about 400 relieves and bronze sculptures. The observation platform on the colonnade provides a magnificent view of the city.
Open: 11.00 - 18.00. Closed on WED.
Isaakievskaya pl., tel. 315-9732.
Gostinyy Dvor, Nevskiy Prospekt

Museum-monument «Our Savior on the Blood»
Completed in 1907 as a memorial church to the Russian emperor Alexander II, on the very spot of crucial terroristic attempt upon him. A sample of «Russian Revival style» in architecture and decorative art at the turn of the XIX-XX centu-ries. Mosaics revetting the church (over 7,000 sq.m) were created to the design of 30 artists, among them V.Vasnetsov, M.Nesterov, A.Ryabushkin, V.Belyaev, N.Kharla-mov.
Open: 11.00 - 18.00. Closed on WED.
2б Griboedova Kanala nab., tel. 315-1636.
Nevskiy Prospekt, Gostinyy Dvor

St.Petersburg Museum of Theatrical and Musical Arts
The collection of the museum contains over 400,000 exhibits, including unique photographs and documents, designs for stage sets and sheet music, and the actual belongings of great Russian artists.
Open: 11.00 - 18.00, WED 13.00 - 19.00. Closed on TUE.
6 Ostrovskogo pl., tel. 571-2195.
Gostinyy Dvor, Nevskiy Prospekt

Museum of Music in Sheremetev Palace (Fontanny Dom)
Architectutal momument of the XVIII century (architect S.Che-vakinskiy), once the core of town property belonged to Count Sheremetevs. In the state rooms, now open after a long restoration period, the items from the Sheremetevs' collections are shown (decorative and applied art of the XVII-XX centuries), also private collections bestowed on the museum in 1990s. Sheremetev Palace hosts the St.Petersburg Collection of Musical Instruments (3,000 items), among them instruments made by famous craftsmen and played by famous musicians, and historical rarities. In the White Hall, symphonical, choral, and chamber music concerts are held.
Open: 12.00 - 18.00. Closed on MON, TUE, and on the last WED of every month.
34 Fontanki Reki nab., tel. 272-4441.
Mayakovskaya, Gostinyy Dvor

The Museum of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts
The museum is located in the historical building of the Academy of Fine Arts. One of the oldest museums in Russia, it has been working since 1757, displaying art of the Russian academic and the Soviet schools of painting. Temporary exhibitions of students' final examination works are regularly held here.
Open: 11.00 - 18.00. Closed on MON, TUE.
17 Universitetskaya nab., tel. 323-6496.
Vasileostrovskaya

Applied Art Museum at St.Petersburg Artistic-industrial Academy
Established in 1878. The museum building is a unique sample of architectural style «Historicism» (architect M.Messmacher). Its inner decor reflects almost all historical epochs and art styles. The collection comprises ca.30,000 items of applied art dated from Antiquity till nowadays.
Open: 11.00 - 17.00.
13-15 Solyanoy per., tel. 273-3258.
Chernyshevskaya


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HISTORY

The Peter and Paul Fortress
The Museum of St.Petersburg History
The Peter and Paul Fortress was founded by Peter I in 1703. Except the old fortifications themselves, there are the Sts Peter and Paul Cathedral of the early XVIII century (architect D.Trezzini) with the burial vault of Peter the Great and other Russian tsars, the museum in Trubetskoy Bastion prison, the exhibitions «The History of St.Petersburg - Petrograd. 1830-1918», «Museum to Old Petersburg», «Pechatnya (Printing Workshop)», «Museum for Adults and Children», «Three Centuries above the City» (dedicated to the history of building Cathedral's belfry), and museum on space exploration and missilery. An excursion route «Panorama of the Neva» goes over the roofs of the fortress bastions and curtains.
Open: 11.00 - 17.00, TUE till 16.00. Closed on WED and on the last TUE of every month.
3 Petropavlovskaya Krepost, tel. 238-0505.
Gorkovskaya

The Summer Palace of Peter the Great
One of the first stone buildings of St.Petersburg (architect D.Trezzini), located on the grounds of the Summer Garden laid out by the order of Peter the Great. The interior decoration of the early XVIII century style offers a nice selection of Russian and West-European paintings and decorative and applied art of the late XVII - beginning of the XVIII centuries, as well as personal belongings of Peter the Great.
Open: 10.00 - 18.00. Closed on TUE and on the last MON of every month.
Summer Garden, tel. 314-0456.
Nevskiy Prospekt

The Cabin of Peter the Great
Constructed for Peter the Great in May 1703, it is the first building in St.Petersburg. The exhibition of the museum includes personal belongings of Peter the Great, domestic items from the early XVIII century, and a description of Russian victories in the Northern War of 1700-1721.
Open: 10.00 - 17.30. Closed on TUE and on the last MON of every month.
6 Petrovskaya nab., tel. 232-4576.
Gorkovskaya

The Central Naval Museum
Located in the historical building of the Stock Exchange, designed by the architect T. de Thomon, constructed in the early XIX century, it is the largest naval museum in the world. Founded in 1709, the museum has over 800,000 items, including «The Grandfather of the Russian Navy» - the childhood boat of Peter the Great, models of vessels, examples of weaponry and military machinery, marine paintings.
Open: 10.30 - 16.45. Closed on MON, TUE, and on the last THU of every month.
4 Birzhevaya pl., tel. 328-2501.
Vasileostrovskaya

Military-historical Museum of Artillery, Engineers and Signal Corps
The world's largest military museum, it was founded in 1703. Located in the building of the old Arsenal, the collection of the museum contains 750,000 items: examples of weapons, military uniforms and equipment, banners, orders, battle relics of the Russian Army. There is also an open-air exposition of war machinery and weaponry.
Open: 11.00 - 17.00. Closed on MON, TUE, and on the last THU of every month.
7 Alexandrovskiy park, tel. 232-0296.
Gorkovskaya

Museum on board the Cruiser Aurora
A cruiser of the Russian Navy put on eternal mooring. The museum on board illustrates the Aurora's participation in the battle of Tsushima in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905, revolutionary events of the early XX century, and the World War II, 1941-45.
Open: 10.30 - 16.00. Closed on MON, FRI.
Petrogradskaya nab., tel. 230-8440.
Gorkovskaya

The State Museum in Memory of A.V.Suvorov
The first memorial museum in Russia, it was opened in 1904 in the purpose-built house (architect A.Gogen) and paid for by public subscription. At present, after 10-year works, interiors of all the halls are restored. On display, personal belongings of the great warrior, paintings, graphics, coins, weapons, rare books, costumes, domestic items. In all, more than 100,000 items.
Open: 10.00 - 17.15, SAT, SUN 10.00 - 18.15, MON 10.00 - 16.15. Closed on THU, WED, and on the last MON of every month.
43 Kirochnaya ul., tel. 579-3914.
Chernyshevskaya

The Museum of the History of Religion
The collection of this museum, unique as of its profile and the only one of the kind in Russia, contains ca. 400,000 items representing various religions of the world, from high antiquity till nowadays.
Open: 11.00 - 17.00. Closed on WED.
14/5 Pochtamtskaya ul., tel. 571-0495.
Sadovaya, Sennaya Ploshad

The Historical Memorial Museum Smolny
The building was constructed in the early XIX century (architect G.Guarenghi). It is connected with many turning points in the history of the country and the city. The complex of the museum comprises the historic hall, which has seen many prominent figures of Russian culture and education and where, in 1917, the victory of the October Revolution was proclaimed; the memorial study and apartment where V.Lenin lived in 1917-1918; and the exhibitions «Smolny Institute for Gentle Families' Girls» and «Smolny. The Days of the Siege».
Open: 11.00 - 16.00. Tours only. Closed on SAT, SUN.
Room 137, 3 Proletarskoy Diktatury pl., tel. 576-7321.
Chernyshevskaya

The Museum of the Political History of Russia
The museum features original objects, documents, photographs on the history of Russia in the XIX-XX centuries. A special section is devoted to the famous Russian ballerina M.Kshessinskaya, the former owner of the mansion. Other exhibitions include «Deeming on the State Duma (The history of Russian parliamentarism in the XX century)», «Thanks to Comrade Stalin... (Individual and power in the USSR in 1920-30s)».
Open: 10.00 - 17.00. Closed on THU.
2/4 Kuybysheva ul., tel. 233-7052.
Gorkovskaya

Rumyantsev Mansion
A branch of the Museum of St.Petersburg History
The mansion bears the name of one of its owners - Count N.Rumyantsev, the founder of the famous Rumyantsevsky Museum which was located in the mansion's premises in the first half of the XIX century. Nowadays, it hosts the exhibitions: «Leningrad in the Second World War», displaying over 2,000 relics of the war period, «From Workdays to Holidays. City Sketches of 1930s», «The Story of Rumyantsev's Mansion», «NEP: Image of the Town and the Townsmen».
Open: 11.00 - 17.00, TUE till 16.00. Closed on WED and on the last TUE of every month.
44 Angliyskaya nab., tel. 571-7544.
Nevskiy Prospekt

Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad
This memorial is dedicated to the 900-days unprecedented heroic defence of the city in the World War II, 1941-1945. Consists of an obelisk, sculptural composition, and an underground Memorial Hall, where original documents and items of that time are displayed.
Open: 10.00 - 18.00, TUE, FRI till 17.00.
Closed on WED and on the last TUE of every month.
Pobedy pl., tel. 373-6563.
Moskovskaya

The Museum of St.Petersburg Press History
The museum exhibition illustrates the history of the St.Petersburg press, from the mid-XIX till the early XX centuries. Permanent exposition «Musical Salon» is held.
Open: 11.00 - 18.00, TUE till 16.00, FRI till 17.00. Closed on WED and on the last TUE of every month.
32 Moyki Reki nab., tel. 312-0977.
Gostinyy Dvor, Nevskiy Prospekt


On display, original documents and possessions of townspeople and soldiers, which were preserved by Leningraders and later presented to the museum.
Open: 10.00 - 17.00. Closed on WED and on the last THU of every month.
9 Solyanoy per., tel. 275-7208.
Chernyshevskaya

The Museum of Urban Sculpture
The museum is located on the grounds of the Alexander Nevsky Lavra (Abbey), and displays monumental sculpture and tombstones. In the Lavra's Necropolis of the XVIII-XX centuries, many eminent figures of Russian science and culture (M.Lomonosov, F.Dostoyevsky, P.Tchaikovsky, N.Glazunov, N.Rimsky-Korsakov, et al.) and representatives of the Russian aristocracy were buried.
Open: 10.00 - 19.00. Closed on THU.
179/2 Nevskiy pr., tel. 274-2635.
Ploshad Aleksandra Nevskogo-I and -II


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NATURAL SCIENCES

The Museum Of Anthropology And Ethnography
Named after Peter the Great - Kunstkamera

(The Chamber of Curiosities)
The collection stems from the exhibits of the first Russian museum - Kunstkamera, founded by Peter I, and contains over a million exhibits on the lifestyles of different peoples of the world. Many of them are unique. Permanent expositions: «First Collections on Natural Sciences in Kunstkamera», «M.Lomonosov and the Academy of Sciences in the XVIII Century», «The First Astronomical Observatory in the Russian Academy of Sciences», «Grand Gotthorp Globe-Planetarium».
Open: 11.00 - 16.30. Closed on MON and the last THU of every month.
3 Universitetskaya nab., tel. 328-1412.
Vasileostrovskaya


The only museum in the world dedicated to the Arctic and Antarctic nature and the history of expeditions to the North and South Poles.
Open: 10.00 - 16.15. Closed on MON, TUE.
24а Marata ul., tel. 571-2549.
Mayakovskaya, Vladimirskaya, Dostoevskaya

Botanical Garden and Museum of V.L.Komarov Botanical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Botanical Garden
One of the oldest Russian botanical gardens, founded by the order of Peter the Great in 1713. Its territory covers 23 ha with 10 ha of glasshouses. The collection contains over 12,000 species of plants. The tropical and subtropical plants collection is one of the largest in the world.
Glasshouses are open: 11.00 - 16.00. Closed on FRI.
2 Professora Popova ul., tel. 234-1764.
Petrogradskaya

Botanical Museum
The oldest scientific department of the Botanical Institute, founded in 1823. Its unique collection contains over 120,000 specimens of wood, fruit, seeds, and various goods and products made from plants.
Open: 11.00 - 17.00 on WED, SAT, SUN.
2 Professora Popova ul., tel. 234-8470.
Petrogradskaya


Formed as national museum of medicine and the military medical service, the museum is a successor of the first medical museums and collections of the Russian Empire and Soviet Union. Opened in March of 1945. Museum collection includes over 210,000 things and sub-collections. The archive of military medicine documents keeps over 60,000 items. Permanent exhibition: «Medicine in Russia and St.Petersburg».
Open: 10.00 - 17.00, FRI 10.00 - 16.00. Closed on SAT, SUN.
2 Lazaretnyy per., tel. 315-7287.
Pushkinskaya

The Museum of Railway Transport
One of the oldest technical museums in the country. On display: unique exhibits, illustrating the history of rail transport in Russia from the very beginning; some mechanisms and machines are still in working condition. Collection of models of bridges, including the bridges of St.Petersburg.
Open: 11.00 - 17.30. Closed on FRI, SAT, and on the last THU of every month.
50 Sadovaya ul., tel. 315-1476.
Sadovaya, Sennaya Ploshad

The Zoological Museum
One of the largest in the world. The museum's research collection contains 17 million species, 500,000 of which are on display.
Open: 11.00 - 17.00. Closed on FRI.
1 Universitetskaya nab., tel. 328-0112.
Vasileostrovskaya

The Museum of St.Petersburg Aquaworld
Located in an ancient water-tower built in the mid-XIX century (architects I.Mertz, E.Shuberskiy). In 2003, in the refurbished tower the museum was deployed. Museum exhibits (models, installations, multi-media expositions; a miniature of the city historical core, large-scale chart of the Neva River, and stroll down to the underground Petersburg) tell about the history, nowaday condition, and prospects of water supply and discharge in the city.
Open: 10.00 - 18.00. Closed on MON, TUE, and the last FRI of every month.
56 Shpalernaya ul., tel. 326-5345.
Chernyshevskaya

A.S.Popov Central Museum of Communications
One of the oldest museums of science and technology in the world. The building it occupies, originally the palace of Chancellor A.Bezborodko, is an architectural monument of the XVIII century (architect G.Guarenghi). The museum exhibition represents rare materials on the development of telecommunications in Russia and the history of postal service: the first telegraph devices by P.Schilling, B.Jacobi, early telephones, A.Popov's first radio telegraph receiver, mechanical and electronic television equipment. The museum keeps a unique collection of postage-payment tokens - the State Philatelistic Collection.
Open: 11.00 - 17.00. Closed on MON, SUN, and the last THU of every month.
7 Pochtamtskaya ul., tel. 315-4873.
Gostinyy Dvor, Nevskiy Prospekt


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LITERATURE


The last residence of the Russian poetic genius. This is where he died on January 29, 1837, after his duel. The exhibition includes original books and home utensils, personal possessions of the great poet, the original furnishings. Literary-monographical exposition is arranged over 18 halls: «Pushkin. Life and Creative Activity».
Open: 11.00 - 17.00. Closed on TUE and on the last FRI of every month.
12 Moyki Reki nab., tel. 314-0006, 571-3531.
Gostinyy Dvor, Nevskiy Prospekt

Fyodor Dostoyevsky Literary and Memorial Museum
Arranged according to the original interior design of the great writer's last apartment. On display are documents, photographs and personal belongings of the writer. An exhibition outlines Dostoyevsky's life and work.
Open: 11.00 - 17.30. Closed on MON and on the last WED of every month.
5/2 Kuznechnyy per., tel. 571-4031.
Vladimirskaya, Dostoevskaya

Anna Akhmatova Museum, Fontanny Dom (House)
The exposition is dedicated to the life and work of the famous poetess, and is located in the apartment where she lived during 1924-1952.
Open: 10.30 - 17.30. Closed on MON and on the last WED of every month.
34 Fontanki Reki nab. (a wing of the Sheremetev Palace), tel. 272-2211.
Gostinyy Dvor

Alexander Blok Apartment Museum
Located in the house where the poet A.Blok lived in 1912-1921. Here he wrote many of his most famous lyrics, poems, and articles. The exhibition displays books, autographs, historical photographs, and personal belongings of the poet.
Open: 11.00 - 17.00, TUE till 16.00. Closed on WED and on the last TUE of every month.
57 Dekabristov ul., tel. 713-8633.
Sennaya Ploshad, Sadovaya


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MUSEUMS & PALACE-AND-PARK ENSEMBLES OF ST.PETERSBURG SUBURBS

Town Gatchina

The Palace-and-park Ensemble Gatchina
The palace-and-park ensemble consists of the Gatchina Palace (architect A.Rinaldi, 2nd half of the XVIII century), and the park - the first landscaped park in Russia. The palace throughout its history was the residence of the Russian emperors Paul I, nicknamed «the most romantic Russian Emperor», and Alexander III. On display: ceremonial halls of the XVIII century, exhibition of West-European and Russian paintings and weapons of the XVII-XIX centuries. The romantic feature of Gatchinsky Palace is a secret conduit to the lake. The pride of the park are the unique pavilions «Beriozovy Dom» («Birch House») and «Pavilion Venery» («Pavilion of Venus»).
Open: 10.00 - 17.00. Closed on MON and on the first TUE of every month.
Tel. (81371)134-92.
Access: Suburban trains from Baltiyski railway terminal to the Gatchina-Baltiyskaya station (45 km from St.Petersburg; travel time - about a hour); 431 bus or charter taxi from Pobedy pl. ( Moskovskaya).

Town Pavlovsk

The Palace-and-park Ensemble Pavlovsk
This is a superb palace-and-park ensemble of the late XVIII - early XIX centuries which was used as a summer residence of the Rus-sian emperor Paul I and his family. The landscape park, one of the largest in Europe, covers the area of 600 ha. The works on the palace-and-park ensemble on the winding banks of the Slavyanka River lasted for 50 years. Architects: Ch.Cameron, V.Brenna, G.Guarenghi, A.Voronikhin, C.Rossi, sculptors: M.Kozlovsky, I.Martos, I.Prokofiev, F.Gordeyev, G.Demut-Malinovsky. The main collections of the Pavlovsky Palace were formed due to the trip of its owners over Europe in 1781-1782. They visited workshops of well-known artists, ordering and purchasing paintings, furniture, bronze articles, silk fabrics, china sets, a lot of antique sculptures from Italy, etc. They also brought to Russia the gifts from European royal courts. The museum displays excellent portraits by Russian artists and a number of landscape paintings and drawings on Pavlovsk. Private Rooms of Empress Maria Fedorovna decorated by architects Guarenghi and Voronikhin in the early XIX century and enrapturing with their harmonious beauty, are open to the public. After essential restoration, the library by Rossi is open, which was built in 1824 to host abundant collection of books and rarities.
Open: 10.00 - 17.00. Closed on FRI and on the first MON of every month.
Tel. 470-2156.
Access: Suburban trains from Vitebsk Station terminal to the Pavlovsk station (27 km from St.Petersburg; travel time - about 30 minutes); or charter taxis from Moskovskaya.

Town Pushkin

The Palace-and-park Ensemble Tsarskoye Selo
The palace-and-park ensemble of Tsar-skoye Selo - former country residence of Russian emperors - is a fascinating mo-nument of the world's architectural and gardening arts of the XVIII-XIX centuries. Its three parks occupy the area of 600 ha, on which over 100 ar-chitectural constructions rise: from magnificent palaces and grand monuments to intimate pavilions and park sculptures. The focus of the Tsarskoselsky ensemble is Catherine's Palace, containing exquisite decorative objects, furniture, Russian and West-European paintings, unique collections of porcelain, amber, weapons, decorative bronze, sculptures, etc. Nowadays, the collection of the museum in Tsarskoye Selo comprises about 20,000 items. During the celebrations of the tercentenary to St.Petersburg, the «Amber Room» was opened after its restoration, one of the official halls in Catherine's Palace.
The Tsarskoselsky Lyceum, an elite school established in Russia in the beginning of the XIX century for noble families offsprings which the great Russian poet A.S.Pushkin attended, is situated next to the palace. In Catherine's Park, the exhibitons «Passions, Weaknesses, Delights... (Man and Woman in the Ancient Days)», «Royal Court Carriage in Tsarskoe Selo» are held.
The exhibition «Recollections in Alexander's Palace» is open in the last residence of Russian emperors, architectural chef d'oeuvre of the XVIII century (architect G.Guarenghi). In its 12 halls, with authentic or partially reconstructed decor, artworks like paintings, graphics, decorative and applied art, costumes, personal belongings, etc. are represented, related to the life of its crowned owners.
Catherine's Palace open: 10.00 - 17.00. Closed on TUE and on the last MON of every month. Tel. 466-6669.
The exhibition in Alexander's Palace open: 10.00 - 16.30. Closed on TUE.
Tel. 466-6669.
Access: Suburban trains from Vitebsk Station terminal to the Detskoye Selo station (25 km from St.Petersburg; travel time - ca.30 minutes); followed by 371, 382 bus-routes to the parks; alternatively 187 bus or charter taxis from Pobedy pl. ( Moskovskaya). [map ee-7].

Town Peterhof

The Palace-and-park Ensemble Peterhof
Peterhof is a jewel of the Russian art, a town of parks, palaces, and fountains. In the past, it used to be an exquisite summer residence of Russian tsars. Verkhniy (Upper) Garden and Nizhniy (Lower) Park, genuine masterpieces of landscape design, hold over 150 fountains and 4 monumental cascades. There are 15 museums working in summer time: the Grand Palace, Special Treasury, Monplaisir, Catherine's Block, Marly, Hermitage, Benois Family Museum, Cottage, Bath Block with Tafeldecker and Kaffeeschenk rooms and the Kitchen, Museum of Collectors, Petrovskiy Aviary, Museum of Royal Yachts, Church of St.Alexander Nevskiy (Gothic Chapel), Peter I's Palace (Village Strelna), and Museum of Fountain-Making (by booking beforehand); open to the public are private rooms of Catherine the Great in the Block-under-the-Crest of the Grand Palace, and the permanent exhibition «Royal Bicycles».
The Grand Palace museum, Special Storeroom, and Peter I's Palace are open: 10.30 - 17.00.
Closed on MON and on the last TUE of every month. Tel. 420-0073.
Other museums are open: 10.30 - 17.00.
The Nizhniy Park museum is open: 9.00 - 20.00, weekends till 21.00.
Fountains are playing: 11.00 - 17.00, SAT, SUN till 18.00.
Access: Suburban trains from Baltic Station till the Novy Peterhof station (40 km from St.Petersburg; trip time - about 40 minutes), followed by 348, 350, 351, 352, 356 bus-routes or charter taxi; or charter taxis from Baltiyskaya or Leninskiy Prospekt.
During summer time - hydrofoil «Meteor» from pier at the Hermitage museum (trip time - about 40 minutes).

Settlement Strelna

The Constantine Palace
A state residence, historical and cultu-ral monument, and modern business centre. The idea of construction of a palace-and-park en-semble in Strelna dates back to 1715 and is connected to the name of Peter I. The palace was conceived as a state residence, the grandeur and beauty of which would outshine the famous Versailles. Many architects participated in the creation of Strelna complex: G.-B.Leblond, N.Michetti, M.Zemtsov, P.Eropkin, F.B.Rastrelli, A.Voronikhin, A.Stackenschneider, etc. Construction works were launched in 1720. But by 1730 Peter I's concern switched over to the neighboring Peterhof. In 1797, the Emperor Paul I presented the deserted palace to his son - Grand Duke Constantine Pavlovich, and «Strelina Myza» became a grand-ducal estate. In 1990, UNESCO added this unique architectural complex to the list of monuments of world historical and cultural heritage in danger of complete decay. But it was only in 2001 that the restoration of the palace-and-park ensemble in Strelna began under a decree of President Putin. The works were completed by the tercentenary of St.Petersburg.
Today, the visitors of the Governmental Complex «Congress Palace», a part of which is the Constantine Palace, can learn of the Palace history, its creation and reconstruction, life stories of its owners. For connoisseurs, the wine collection of the Palace will be of interest: there are 13,000 bottles in it worth 20,000,000 Roubles. Wine-testing from the cellars is offered.
Open: 10.00 - 18.00, excursions hourly. Closed on WED.
Tickets are sold in the booking-office on the day of excursion.
On the days of special events, the complex is closed for the public.
Tel. 438-5360.
Access: Suburban train from Baltic Station to Strelna Station (30 km from St.Petersburg; travel time 25 min.), or charter taxis from Baltiyskaya or Leninskiy Prospekt.

Settlement Repino

Country-seat of I.E.Repin «Penates»
Unique spot of Russian culture situated in a picturesque village Kuokkala, where the great Russian artist I.E.Repin spent his last 30 years. The museum was established in 1940. Residential rooms' interiors and the studio of the great painter were reconstructed. Among the exhibits, there are personal belongings of Repin, and over 100 artworks. Cosy park where the alleys were laid, ponds and artesian well dug, summer houses built, existed when Repin was still alive. Big alley of birch-trees leads to the artist's tomb.
Open: 10.30 - 16.00. Closed on TUE.
Settlement Repino, 411 Primorskoye shosse, tel. 437-6834.
Suburban trains from Finland Station terminal to the Repino station (45 km from S.Petersburg, trip time 50 min.); alternatively, from Chernaya Rechka by 411 bus.

Town Vyborg

Museum and Natural Preserve «Park Monrepos»
Historical, architectural, and natural museum and preserve situated on the coast of the Bay Zashchitnaya of the Vyborgskiy Gulf covers the area of 163 ha. During about two centuries (1788-1943), Park Monrepos belonged to the family of Barons Nicolai, whose progenies contributed the glory of Russian State. Manor and park ensemble created at the edge of the XVIII-XIX centuries is the historical core of the preserve. It comprises Main House and the Library Outbilding, nice examples of wooden architecture styled in classicism, and romantic landscape park with its rocks and boulders. Architects D.Martinelli, A.Montferrand, A.Stackenschneider, Ch.Tatam, artists J.Mettenleiter, P.Gonzago designed the park layout. Natural preserve lies in a particular geographical zone, unique Ice Age stone ridges up to 20 m high in it, and is able to boast of 48 species of plants including very rare, and rich wildlife.
Open: 10.00 - 18.00.
Tel. (278) 20-539.
Bus, or suburban train from Finland Station terminal, till Vyborg (trip time about 2 hours), then city bus routes No. 6, 206


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