The Russian Museum is one of the most important attractions of St Petersburg. It is the biggest collection of national art in general and of Russian art in particular in the world. The collection includes more than 400 thousand exhibits, among them being paintings, sculpture, ceramics, and objects of applied art.

The Russian museum dates back to 1895 when Nicholas II, the last emperor of Russia decided to organize a museum of Russian national art. The main building of the museum is the Michael palace a former residence of a Grand Duke. The architect had to adjust a mansion to the needs of a public museum. Most of the rooms were completely redecorated. However, you can still see a couple of the interiors of the former residence designed in Empire style. The Russian museum was first opened to public on 7 March 1998.

Russian fine art has a very special history of development. Before Peter the Great, almost the only genre of art existed in Russia – icons. An icon is a painted image of a saint, usually on board and used for religious worship only. This art is extremely symbolical and saints almost never have facial likeness with real people. Saints in the Russian icons usually have long faces, long thin fingers, and pointed lips. In the museum you can find a great collection of Ancient Russian art. The oldest icon in the collection dates back to 12th century.

However everything changed when Peter the Great started his reforms. It is the most important landmark in the history of Russian culture and art. The emperor put a lot of effort into making Russia into a civilized European country. Painting has changed dramatically. In this period, a sharp transition can be traced from icon painting to secular portraiture. This transition was not quite unheralded, for some of the later icons already expressed individuality, while portraits of tsars, boyards were painted in the icon technique.

So the real development of art in Russia started only in the early 18th century. The most unique thing about Russian art is the fact that what it took centuries to achieve in Europe, in Russia was achieved within a hundred of years. In the Russian museum, you can easily trace this development of Russian painting, from the icon-looking portraits to the masterpieces by such outstanding Russian artists as Ilya Repin, Apollinary Vasnetsov and many others.

Russian avant-garde is very well-known in the world, and in the Russian museum we have an excellent collection of avant-garde and Soviet art. The famous “Black square” by Kazimir Malevich is actually in the collection of this museum, though it is not always on display. You can find works by Wassily Kandinsky and Marc Chagall.

However, the museum is not just about paintings. There is also a huge department of traditional Russian art, where you can find amazing exhibits of Russian Folk art and crafts: fabrics, woodcarvings, lace, tiles, clothes, toys and ceramics. This department will show you the work of Russian people, mostly peasants, who managed to create such beauty. Nowadays most of those handicrafts have become almost a visit card of Russia – that is why you can buy similar items for souvenirs in most shops of St Petersburg – woodcarvings, lacquered boxes, Matryoshka dolls, etc.

So, if you are a true lover of art, a visit to the Russian museum in St Petersburg is a must. Do not miss this opportunity, just contact us for more information!

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The Faberge Museumhas the world-class collection of Faberge Masterpieces (including 14 Easter Eggs), gift boxes, Russian enamels etc.The collection is situated in 9 beautiful rooms of Shuvalov Palace. It was opened in November 2013 and was founded by the “Link of Times” Cultural Historical Foundation, established by Russian entrepreneur Viktor Vekselbergto repatriate lost cultural treasures to Russia.

The fourth tallest dome construction in the world. St Isaac’s Cathedral used to be the main Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Russian Empire. The enormous decoration of the interior of the cathedral, was created in the Russian Academy of Fine Arts.Gilded bronze, malachite and lapis lazuli together with countless paintings, columns, mosaics, will take your breath away.

One of the best private palaces in the Europe .Its real gem is a home theater. Outstanding Russian singers and dancers performed there.In this palace young Felix Yusupov, the heir of the family, and other conspirators assassinated Grigory Rasputin.  During a visit to the palace you will learn about the plot of Felix and how it was brought to life.

Peter and Paul Fortress here our city was founded in 1703.Peter the Great started a fortress to protect the lands won back from Sweden. Now it is one of the most important 18th century fortresses in Russia and Europe.St Peter and Paul Cathedral is the burial place of almost all Russian Tsars from Peter the Great up to the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family.

Many metro station vestibules and platforms are adorned with marble, granite, bas-reliefs and mosaics which makes them look like underground palaces. The very first 10 stations appeared after WWII and have various military and Soviet symbols reminding visitors about the glorious victory over Nazi Germany. Owing to the city’s swampy subsoil, most of the lines were built extremely deep underground.

Peterhof is definitely “a must-see” for any first-time visitor to St Petersburg.It is often called the “Russian Versailles”: it is a real “kingdom of fountains” and true paradise for little children (as well as adults) with amazing cascades, a variety of unique and playful fountains, Grand Peterhof Palace, and other small ones.

Catherine Palace Is a must to visit. Inside you will find a succession of interconnecting rooms in Baroque style and somewhere in the middle of that enfilade is the famous Amber Room which was called by contemporaries “the eighth wonder of the world”. The palace was badly damaged during WWII and amber panels were stolen by the Nazi. But they started restoration in 1979 and finished it in 2003.

St Petersburg Siege Memorialcommemorates the hardship that Leningrad‘s (the soviet name of our city) citizens endured during the siege which lasted 900 days (1941-1943) and took away about 1.5 mln lives. The most striking part of the memorial are the tableaux of soviet citizens facing south towards the enemy. It was designed to be viewed from a distance. In the subterranean memorial hall are relics from the siege.

Offers fresh food from all over the former Soviet Union: melons, tomatoes, farmhouse honey, pickles, sour cream, ham and gherkins, not to mention imports such as kiwi fruit. Most vendors offer the chance to taste a sliver before buying. Outside the market are “babushkas” (pensioners) who sell things they have grown at their dacha (summer cottage) or gathered in the forest.

Hermitage Museum one of the most important and oldest museums in the world. It has one of the largest collections of paintings. If you spent one minute viewing each exhibit of the Museum it would take you11 years to see everything. The collection of the French Impressionists is exhibited in the General staff building which is located opposite the Winter Palace.

Most famous for almost 21,000m² of mosaics that cover both the interior and the façade of the building. The mosaics were created in Russia, which makes them even more valuable. It is the only building in our citybuilt in the style of Moscow churches. The church was built on the place where Alexander II was assassinated, hence the name.

St Petersburg boat tours offer a perfect way to see the city under a bit different angle – sailing under numerous bridges along rivers and canals, and listening to curious stories from your guide. St Petersburg boat tours are especially majestic during the White Nights season in St Petersburg.

Alexander Palace was commissioned by Catherine II for her grandson, future Russian tsar Alexander I and later became the summer home of a succession of Imperial heirs, each of whom left their mark on the building.