Museums in St Petersburg

The fortress is built on an island outside the city, which can be reached by foot. Political prisoners were also preserved at Jänissaari, the most famous of which was writer Dostoevsky.

Russian Museum

 museums in St Petersburg Pushkin and the Russian Museum in St Petersburg
Pushkin and the Russian Museum in St Petersburg

The Russian Museum of St. Petersburg contains the country’s largest selection of Russian art from the 12th century. Avant-garde, socialist realism, and art forbidden in the Soviet era. The museum has texts in English, but if  you feel confused, you can take a guided tour.

The main building of the museum is located on the Square of the Arts, with the statue of the Russian poet Pushkin. There is an ethnographic museum around the square the Mikhailovsky Theater and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Concert Hall. Its built in the early 19th century. The neoclassical style Mikhail Palace is designed by Italian Carlo Rossi. It is is often attached to other palaces in the neo-classical or Baroque style of St. Petersburg.

Kunstkamera

 museums in St Petersburg Kusnstkamera
Kusnstkamera

Kunstkamera should not be confused with the ethnographic museum on the Art Square, which shows the lives of indigenous peoples living in the Russian territory.

The name of the museum means the Museum of Arts, founded by St Peter the Great in 1714. The many museums were originally entertaining curiosity cabins before their more enlightening role .

Within museums in St Petersburg the peculiar Kunstkamera was the first museum in Russia. Some of its collections belonged to Peter’s Great Private Zoology and anatomy collection. The aim of the museum was to collect all the special and rare objects to St. Petersburg.

Located on the island of Vassily by the Neva, the museum presents the lives of indigenous peoples living outside the Soviet Union. There are also large private collections in St. Petersburg upstairs. There are deformed fetuses in glass jars at various stages of development, Siamese twins whose heads had grown together. Even though they are creepy and rare to see, they were also part of the Peter the Great´s scientific project to raise the Russian people above superstition and the fear of monsters.

St. Peters-Paul’s fortress

 museums in St Petersburg St. Peter-Paul's Fortress
St. Peter-Paul’s Fortress

The tall, golden and tapered 122 -meter high church tower dominates the view of the island and is one of the symbols of St. Petersburg. The church was built in the early 18th century and   all Russian zars  have been buried there. Exceptionally, there are more sculptures for the Orthodox Church instead of icons and a pulpit.

The Imperial Mint was also on the island, and there is a museum in the fortress commander’s story of the city of St. Petersburg. There are also kiosks and a café-restaurant on the island.

Anna Akhmatova Home museum

Poet and spirit of Piter, cool and masochistic mother, connoisseur of city’ s architecture. Anna Akhmatova is one of the best representatives of modern Russian poetry who survived both the revolution and Stalin’s time, even though she experienced heavy personal losses.

Her poetry intertwines with St. Petersburg, Leningrad and its history. The Museum in Fontanka House is an ordinary apartment house called the kommunalka, a multi-family home, where lonely old women could live.

 museums in St Petersburg Texts from Akhmatova who most part wrote them down only to remenber them by heart and burned them after.
Texts from Akhmatova who most part wrote them down only to remenber them by heart and burned them after.

The museum has objects and letters belonging to Anna Akhmatova and there is a picture of the poet’s everyday life during the Soviet era. The dwelling apartment is a bit small, so you should go there in less busy times if you want to avoid crowd.

Kirov museum

 museums in St Petersburg Kirov the communist leader of Leningrad with children
Kirov the communist leader of Leningrad with children

One of the most interesting is museums in St Petersburg is The Kirov Home Museum. It gives an overview of the life of the communist party elite during Stalin’s time in Leningrad, where everyone lived on food cards, rations size and value depending on social status and occupation.

Kirov was the governor of Leningrad and was regarded as Stalin’s trusted man. He died in his workplace in 1934 in Smolna as a victim of assassination, whose motives remain unclear, although the reason may have been the revenge of a frustrated man who was separated from the party.

 However, Stalin interpreted it the conspiracy against him and started purges, which killed maybe even millions of people between 1936 and 1938.

The museum is Kirovs home, residence and is accompanied by an exhibition on childhood in the 1920s and 1930s. Childhood has been described in the ideal light, as the reality was supposed to be, not as it was in the city where hunger and  shortage was dominating everyday life of ordinary people.

Metro: Gorkovskaya

Erarta

 museums in St Petersburg Entrance of Erarta, museum of contemporary art
Entrance of Erarta, museum of contemporary art

Erarta, a modern museum of contemporary art, is located on the island of Vassily, within quite a long walking distance of the subway station Sportivnaya. The building is the old Communist Party’s administrative building, so the design itself does not refer to the content even though the artwork in front of the museum speaks another language.

The museum was founded by a widow of a murdered businessman. Purpose is to educate the general public about contemporary art, which has not been well known or approachable.

Erarta presents contemporary art on four floors with different themes and, in addition, has several changing exhibitions from both foreign and domestic artists every year.

In the museum can also experience  installations, from different themes: U-installations are 15 minutes long.

There is also an excellent restaurant and café in Erarta with artistic pastries that are the best in the city.