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It’s always a pleasure and a challenge to create special interest tour! Glad to offer you a service in creating customized programs just for you! It can be a combination of several popular museums but in the pace you choose, insights into certain subjects during a city tour or a very special program made only for you.
Most popular requests are about Jewish highlights (varies from main sights during a city tour to a detailed introduction into community life) , World War II and the Siege of Leningrad, Russian revolution, special interests in the Hermitage, places connected with Russian writers or composers.
Among the unusual requests were places connected with a French artist Elizabeth Vigee- Le Brun, Russian America and collection of Aleutian masks , Lutheran cemetery visit and a certain grave there (yes, we found it), addresses in St Petersburg, connected with family history.
Of course interests can be very different and whatever it is , tell us about it and get a personal approach and tailored tour.
Gold Room and Diamond Room in the Hermitage
A special treasury, divided into two sections, based on the rich collection of jewellery owned by the Russian Imperial family, diplomatic gifts, archeological treasures.
Museum's collection consists of over 4000 display items which represent many different things created by the House of Faberge as well as other jewelry companies of the same period. The items of greatest value in the collection are nine Easter eggs made by the House of Faberge for the last two Russian emperors. Collection is displayed in beautiful historical interiors of Shuvalov Palace, which is an architectural landmark itself.
One of the most beautiful palaces in the city was a private home for five succeeding generations of the Yusupov princely dynasty. They owned the palace and estate from 1830 to 1919, when had to leave Russia because of the revolution. Interiors of the palace were designed by the best architects and are of
special interest. The Palace went down in Russian history as the place where Grigory Rasputin was murdered in
December, 1916 Now the basement chambers where the murder took place have wax figure exhibition and documents telling about the event.
Located only 10 min drive from Catherine Palace, Pavlovsk is very different in style and atmosphere. It was started as a minor court, Catherine the Great presented the land to her son and his wife when they got their first child, grandson of Catherine the Great , future emperor Alexander I. It was their sweet
home and then became an Imperial residence for a while, during the short reign of Paul, Catherine’s son. Designed in classical style and surrounded by a huge landscape park, not overcrowded, Pavlovsk has much more privacy than Catherine Palace or Peterhof.
Erarta – museum of contemporary art
The museum opened its doors in 2010, the collection currently consists of 2,800 works of contemporary art created by more than 300 artists from over 20 regions of Russia, which makes it the biggest Russian art museum that focuses on contemporary art in the entire country.
Manege - central exhibition hall of St Petersburg
Temporary exhibitions, very different in style and subjects. Check out, can be something interesting right when you’re in St Petersburg.
Imperial Porcelain factory, museum of Porcelain
Porcelain Factory was founded in 1744 in Saint Petersburg, it became the first porcelain manufactory in Russia and the third in Europe. The hour of glory for the royal porcelain factory came when Catherine the Great ordered it to manufacture luxury sets for her palaces.
Imperial Porcelain Factory offers a tour which provides its visitors with a glimpse into the actual production of porcelain and a view into what hand painted porcelain really means.
Factory Museum established in 1844 by order of Nicolas I, to store, collect and study unique porcelain products. From the 19th century all porcelain produced for the royal family was made in sets of two, one of which remained in the museum. The tradition was kept during the Soviet time.
Menshikov palace (branch of the Hermitage)
It’s a palace of St Petersburg's first Governor, Alexander Menshikov, was built in the 1710-1720. Works of fine and decorative art from the Hermitage collection recreate the original interior decoration of Peter the Great's time.
Alexandria park with Cottage or Farmer’s Palace in Peterhof
Next to famous fountain parks there is an expanse of landscaped parkland in the English style, named Alexandria after Alexandra Fedorovna, wife of Nicholas I. Cottage Palace was completed in 1829, and became the permanent private summer residence of the Tsar’s family. Design of the building combines seaside villa, Gothic castle and English farmhouse. It is one of the most charming, elegant and cosy palaces with a number of lovely decorative details.
Farmer’s palace, built a bit later on the place of an old farm was conceived as a a residence of an heir to the throne, then emperor Alexander II. For a long time was in a very bad shape after destructions of World War II and finally restored.
Oranienbaum park and palaces
Located next to Peterhof the Oranienbaum estate belonged to Alexander Menshikov, the first governor of St Petersburg and a friend of Peter the Great. An orange tree on the court of arms explains the name of this estate and later town. The place is really unique as it wasn’t occupied during World War II and
can boast a lot of really authentic things. Vast park ground, several palaces – Grand Menshikov Palace, Palace of Peter III (overthroned by his wife Catherine the Great), Chinese Palace of Catherine the Great – are unique and will make your trip there very enjoyable.
Dostoevsky memorial apartment
Dostoevsky had rented an apartment in this building twice, once for a very short time in 1846, and then from October 1878 until his death, on January 28, 1881 Here he wrote his last novel, The Brothers Karamazov. The Dostoevskys' apartment was recreated for the most part from the memoirs of his wife Anna and of his contemporaries.
Pushkin memorial apartment
A memorial museum dedicated to the last period of Alexander Pushkin’s life and creative work. In September 1836 Pushkin rented an apartment on the ground floor of Volkonsky’s house where he lived for four months until he died on February, 10 1837 after he had been mortally wounded at the duel.
Museum of political history of Russia
The museum keeps a number of evidences of Russia’s political life from the late 18th till the early 21st century. The Museum collection reflects the history of the state system reforming, fates of the most prominent historical figures, processes of development of revolutionary, democratic, social and political
movements and parties.
In 1955 the museum was given two splendid mansions right near Peter and Paul Fortress. One of the mansions had belonged to famous ballet dancer Matilda Kshesinskaya. She married a grand duke and in 1917 they had to leave Russia for good and the Bolsheviks occupied the mansion. Now we can see some interiors in the mansion which reflect both periods – several rooms and a winter garden of Kshesinskaya and rooms arranged by the Bolsheviks for their needs (including Lenin’s study organized in the room of Kshesinskaya’s son).
Museum of Secret Police
It’s a branch of the Political History Museum and located in the building of the former St Petersburg Administration and Police Department. Russian and Soviet political special services occupied this building for over 50 years.
The exposition of the museum is a retrospective representation of the political police history in the 19th-20th centuries. In the exhibition rooms you’ll see things, which illustrate activities of political police in pre-revolutionary Russia and formation of political police in the Soviet Russia.
Exhibition is dedicated to the defense of Leningrad and life in the besieged city – food supplies, work of factories, schools, daily routine, even cultural life and sport competitions. Documents, historical photos, authentic objects of that time and special sections with reconstructed interiors provide a deep
inside into the subject.
Monument to the heroic defenders of Leningrad
Permanent display is located beneath the monument. The display includes documents, awards, soldiers' personal belongings, weapons, a tiny slice of bread – the only food available to the citizens from November 20 to December 25,1941. The museum display features documentary films “Recollections about the Siege”. Fragments from the Symphony No. 7 by Shostakovich are used as background music to the movies.
The Russian Museum of Ethnography studies and recreates in its exhibitions traditional culture of peoples of multinational country. It keeps 500,000 ethnographic artifacts on 157 large and small ethnic groups of Russia beginning from the XVIII century. Today it is one of the largest ethnographic museums
of the world.
The first Russian state public museum, the Kunstkamera, was started by Peter the Great, he was the first collector for the museum. The collection of curiosities, old and unusual things, as well as scientific objects and instruments became the core of the new museum. The building also accommodated first
astronomical observatory, anatomical collection of doctor Ruysch, world-famous Dutch anatomist, gigantic Gottorp globe (now parts of museum exhibition). Here you can see ethnographic sections dedicated to Africa, Latin and North America, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia, China, Korea, Indochina, Near and Middle East.
Grand Maket Russia
It is a model layout designed on a scale of 1:87 and covering an area of 800 m2 (8,600 sq ft). There you’ll find generalized images of regions and cities of the Russian Federation. Special attention should be paid to moving objects: numerous trains, cars and buses move and stop according to the traffic lights. It is the
largest model layout in Russia and the second largest in the world (after the Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany). Great place to go with children and interesting for adults as well.
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