The State Hermitage Museum
Open: Tuesday to Sunday 10:30am-6:00pm (Wednesday 10:30am-9:00pm)
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When there are so many museums to choose from, but also not enough time to see them all, it’s crucial to make the right choices. Museums come in different shapes and sizes in St. Petersburg. Many are located in historic buildings of palaces once belonging to noble families or even the royals themselves. Some are more modest apartments that served as homes to famous Russian artists. Here are the museums that should be first on your list.
The mansion that houses the Museum of Political History of Russia once belonged to renowned ballet dancer Mathilda Kshesinskaya right up until the February Revolution of 1917. After she left the building, it was occupied by Bolsheviks; after that, members of the leadership, such as Lenin and Stalin, worked here. Therefore, the choice of building is not coincidental. It played an important role in the modern history of Russia, and now in turn explains the events of the 20th century. Here you can find documents, posters, photographs, and other memorabilia that together paint a picture of one of the most turbulent eras in Russia’s history.
Open: Friday to Wednesday 10:00am-6:00pm (Wednesday 10:00am-8:00pm)
This museum has aimed for nothing less than putting together the entirety of Russia’s military history, and there is certainly a lot to it. The building, located right in front of the historic Peter and Paul Fortress, was commissioned in 1703 to serve as a warehouse for old artillery objects. With time, the museum continued growing and now comprises 13 halls displaying monuments of science, technology and art all related to the military history of Russia.
Open: Wednesday to Sunday 11:00am-6:00pm (closed on the last Thursday of the month)