Russia’s St. Petersburg is one of the best cities on earth for art lovers. Luckily for first-time tourists, travel experts have just put together a list of the top museums everyone must visit while in this grand city. Below, we’ll go through the five best museums in the cultural capital of Russia.
First on travel critics’ list is the State Russian Museum. As you might expect from the name, this museum houses over 400,000 works of art by Russian artists. Indeed, when it opened in 1898, this museum was the first in the world to showcase the prowess of Mother Russia’s artists. You’ll find this museum on Inzhenernaya Street near Mikhaylovsky Square.
The next museum you must visit is The Hermitage at Palace Embankment, 38. This massive museum is one of the largest in the world and includes the Tsars’ former Winter Palace. It would take a lifetime to see the millions of masterpieces housed in this museum. A few highlights include works by Renaissance greats like Michelangelo and Raphael as well as paintings by Rubens, Rembrandt, and Vincent van Gogh.
For people who are more into modern art, check out the Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art. While it was only founded in 2010, the Erarta Museum has collected well over 2,000 works of contemporary art and hosts numerous concerts throughout the year. The Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 29 Liniya Vasil’yevskogo Ostrova, 2.
The fourth museum on this expert travel guide is the Fabergé Museum at Fontanka River Emb., 21. This intriguing museum houses precious eggs created by Tsar Alexander III’s jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé. In addition to the marvelous eggs, guests can enjoy thousands of Russian artworks.
Last, but certainly not least, is the Samoilov Family Museum at Stremyannaya Street, 8. This museum is the apartment that the legendary actor Vassily Vassilievich Samoilov used to call home. As you walk through this museum you’ll learn more about Samoliov’s life as well as his enduring contributions to Russian theater. Be sure to check beforehand to see if there will be a classical music performance while you’re visiting.