St. Petersburg's most popular visitor attraction and one of the world's largest and most prestigious museums, the Hermitage is a must-see for all travelers to the city. With over three million items in its collection, newcomers can only hope to get a brief taste of the riches on offer here from Impressionist masterpieces to fascinating Oriental treasures.
Rivaling the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow as the world's finest collection of Russian art, the State Russian Museum has an illustrious history that began when the fiercely nationalist Tsar Alexander III became the first Russian ruler to make a significant collection of art by Russian artists. His son, Nicholas II, decided to open a museum in his father's honour and in 1895 bought the Mikhailovskiy Palace to house the collection.
Yusupov Palace, the family mansion of the noble Yusupov family, is considered to be one of St. Petersburg's most beautiful palaces, and its wonderful Rococo theatre is still used for concerts. The palace is perhaps most well known as the site of the murder of Grigory Rasputin, the "mad monk" who was killed in December 1916 by Prince Yusupov and others loyal to Nicholas II, who believed Rasputin had a mystical hold over Empress Alexandra that was damaging the imperial family.
Since 2013 the lavish 18th century Shuvalov Palace, St. Petersburg has been the home of Museum Fabergé and holds the world’s largest collection of Fabergé eggs.
The museum has some 4,000 exhibits, displayed in 12 beautifully restored rooms according to type and history. The display allows the visitor a strong feeling of the opulence and artistry of the time.
Peter and Paul Fortress
The first structure to be built in St. Petersburg and thus the birthplace of the city. The structure has a rich and hugely varied history as a military base, a home of government departments, the burial ground of the Russian Imperial family, the site of groundbreaking scientific experiments and a forbidding jail that held some of Russia's most prominent political prisoners.The museum has some 4,000 exhibits, displayed in 12 beautifully restored rooms according to type and history. The display allows the visitor a strong feeling of the opulence and artistry of the time.
Military-Historical Museum of Artillery, Engineer and Signal Corps
Displaying an enormous collection of arms and heavy artillery from the Middle Ages to the present day, this museum is located just across a narrow canal from the Peter and Paul Fortress. The Military Historical Museum of Engineer and Signal Corps is now one of the most significant military-historical museums in the world, having precious collections of artillery armaments and ammunition, rifles and cold steels and military-engineering equipment as well as archival documents giving evidences of Russian artillery development history and feats of arms.
Located on the banks of the Neva in the center of St. Petersburg, the Kunstkamera has been the symbol of the Russian Academy of Sciences since the early 18th century. The Museum opened to the public in 1714 and hoped to collect and examine natural and human curiosities and rarities. Today, collections of Peter the Great's Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) are among the most complete and interesting in the world.