Russian Museum Guided Tour And Sightseeing Tour Around The Square Of Fine Art - Saint Petersburg

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    10:00 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up in any hotel in St.Petersburg
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

The State Russian Museum (formerly the Russian Museum of His Imperial Majesty Alexander III) is one of the largest depository of Russian fine art in the world. Its collections contains painting, sculptures, work of applied art and covers a period from 10th century to the present day.
The museum was established on April 13th 1895, upon enthronement of Nicholas II to commemorate his father, Alexander III. Its original collection was composed of artworks taken from the Hermitage Museum, Alexander Palace, and the Imperial Academy of Arts. The ensemble of the square was formed since the 19th century and included to the UNESCO world heritage list.

Highlights

  • Skip the line
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Hotel pickup included
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Led by an art historian

Know More about this tour

The State russian museum (formerly the Russian Museum of His Imperial Majesty Alexander III) is one of the largest depository of Russian fine art in the world.Its collections contains painting,sculptures,work of applied art and covers a period from 10th century to the present day.After the Russian Revolution of 1917, many private collections were nationalized and relocated to the Russian Museum. These included Kazimir Malevich's Black Square as well as many others pieces of Russian Avangard.
The museum was established on April 13, 1895, upon enthronement of Nicholas II to commemorate his father, Alexander III. Its original collection was composed of artworks taken from the Hermitage Museum, Alexander Palace and the Imperial Academy of Arts. The ensemble of the square was formed since the 19th century and included to the UNESCO world heritage list.
The ensemble of the square was formed since the 19th century. The project of its development belongs to the architect Carl Rossi. Previously the area was called Mikhailovsky. This name it had obtained in 1834 in honour of the Mikhailovsky Palace, which belonged to the son of Paul I, Grand Duke Mikhail. Mikhailovsky Palace is a key object in the ensemble. Its construction was carried out from 1819 until 1825. Upon the death of the Grand Duke the residence was named after his wife as the Palace of the Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna, and became famous for its many theatrical presentations and balls.Some of the halls of the palace retain the Italianate opulent interiors of the former imperial residence.
The octagonal portico and triangular pediment, which was the decoration of the building, clearly confirm the fact that the architect C. Rossi is a fan of classicism. The entrance to the Palace is guarded by huge bronze lions. From the Arts square, the Palace is walled off by a massive iron fence.

Inclusions

Professional art historian guide

Hotel pickup

Guaranteed to skip the long lines

Entry/Admission - State Russian Museum

Guaranteed to skip the lines

Exclusions

Gratuities

Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Hotel drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Traveler Reviews

  • 07-Sep-2017

    We had a very competent guide, Elena, who gave us a marvellous overview of the development of Russian art through the ages. Elena met us at our hotel and we walked to the museum, with her explaining various sights along the way with interesting snippets of history. After a quick visit to a souvenir shop and a stroll around the magnificent Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, we entered the superb Mikhailovsky Palace, the main museum building built in the Neoclassical style. Some of the rooms are still wonderfully opulent. I highly recommend a visit to this museum as it is not as crowded as the Hermitage and one can develop an insight into how art in this country changed from the initial Byantine-inspired icons to the grand landscape canvases. Particularly arresting was the portrait of Peter the Great on his deathbed. After the visit, Elena kindly guided us to the Fabergé museum and also gave us directions to reach our hotel by foot afterwards. I believe having a personal tour guide enables one to learn so much more about the country due to the anecdotal information one gleans. Not to be missed!