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St. Petersburg: State Russian Museum with Russian Audio Tour

1. St. Petersburg: State Russian Museum with Russian Audio Tour

Explore the State Russian Museum at Mikhailovsky Palace with an in-app self-guided audio tour. Visit the museum at your own pace and admire the largest collection of Russian fine art in the world, with works dating from the 10th century to the present day. Learn more about the 45 main masterpieces of the Museum's collection. Learn more about the artists behind the works on display, including their methods and unique styles. See notable paintings including "Barge Haulers on the Volga" by Ilya Repin, the portrait of Catherine II by Levitsky, and "The Ninth Wave" by Ivan Aivazovsky.

Saint Petersburg: Top 30 City Highlights Walking Tour

2. Saint Petersburg: Top 30 City Highlights Walking Tour

Discover Saint Petersburg like a true local with an informative walk. Uncover the stories of the city’s past and present as you follow your guide through the historical center. Meet your guide right next to Palace Square. Learn about the main residence of the tsars of the Russian Empire and the famous State Hermitage Museum from your guide. Admire the panorama of the magnificent River Neva. Find out the main waterway of the city, its bridges and learn of the catastrophic floods the river caused the city. See the birthplace of Saint-Petersburg, the Peter and Paul Fortress, and the former city port on the Spit of Basil Island. Stop in front of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and hear about the assassination of the Tsar Alexander II. Then, continue walking along the paths of the Mikhailovsky Garden, the Fontanka River Embankment and the main street of the city, the Nevsky Prospekt. List of highlights:1. Winter Palace (Hermitage), Palace Square, General Staff Building2. Sculpture of Atlantis 3. Neva River4. Peter and Paul Fortress5. St Basil’s Island6. Capella Building7.  Stroganov Palace 8. Nevsky Prospekt9. Kazan Cathedral10. Singer House11. Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood 12. State Russian Museum13. Michael’s Castle14. Summer Garden15. Sheremetev Palace 16. Faberge Museum17. Anichkov Bridge18. Anichkov Palace19. Eliseev Merchants’ Shop20. Alexandrinsky Theatre21. Gostiny Dvor22. Churches of Nevsky Prospekt23. Passage24. Saint Isaac’s Cathedral25. Grand Hotel Europe26. Admiralty Building27. Swedish Church28. Literary Cafe29. Cabinet of Curiosities30. Palace Bridge

St. Petersburg CityPass 2-5 Day Option

3. St. Petersburg CityPass 2-5 Day Option

Enjoy free entrance to 28 attractions in St Petersburg and see the city from different perspectives. Enjoy 6 free tours by land or water with a 2,3 or 5-day Saint Petersburg City Pass. Save time and money with free entry to the city’s best museums, along with complimentary tours by river, sea, and double-decker bus. Plan your visits with a free guidebook and city map (metro map included). The most interesting attractions have already been chosen for you! Just open your guide and decide where you want to go first. Each tear-off voucher can be used once by one person, making it the most convenient passport to the city. The Pass activates at the moment of your first visit to the museum, bus tour or river cruise. St.Petersburg CityPass is valid for 48, 72 or 120-hours. Free Entry: Museums: 1. St. Isaac’s Cathedral 2. St. Isaac’s Cathedral Colonnaded Walkway 3. “Aurora” Cruiser 4. Savior on Spilled Blood 5. Mikhailovsky Palace (Russian Museum) 6. Marble Palace (Russian Museum) 7. Stroganov Palace (Russian Museum) 8. St. Michael’s Castle (Russian Museum) 9. Peter and Paul Cathedral (Peter and Paul Fortress) 10. Grand Ducal Burial Chapel (Peter and Paul Fortress) 11. Trubetskoy Bastion Prison (Peter and Paul Fortress) 12. Faberge Museum 13. Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines 14. Russian Museum of Ethnography 15. “Petrovskaya Akvatoria” Historical Theatrical Scale Model 16. Central Naval Museum 17. Grand Maket Russia Interactive Museum 18. Museum and Exhibition Center ROSPHOTO 19. Sheremetev Palace — Museum of Music 20. St. Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music 21. Chaliapin Memorial Apartment 22. Rimsky-Korsakov Museum 23. Samoilov Family Museum Excursions: 1. St. Petersburg City Sightseeing Bus Tour 2. Walking Tour with St. Petersburg Free Tour 3. City Sightseeing Canal Cruise  4. High-speed hydrofoils to Peterhof (trip around) 5. Gala Petersburg and the Gulf of Finland 6. Evening Cruise with a live music 

St Petersburg: State Russian Museum Skip-the-Line Tour

4. St Petersburg: State Russian Museum Skip-the-Line Tour

Visit the State Russian Museum, an architectural complex where you can see Russian art in all its manifestations from the ancient times to the Postmodern, right in the very center of St Petersburg. See the collection of Russian canvas which was started by Emperor Alexander III in 1895 and was opened to the public in 1895. It had a very tight connection with the Academy of Arts where most Russian artists studied and later presented their work to nobility in the Mikhailovsky Palace and Benois Wing (now the main Russian Museum complex). Discover a collection that contains over 400,000 exhibits covering all major periods and trends in the history of Russian art, all main types and genres, schools of Russian art over more than a thousand years: from the 10th to the 21st century. See famous masterpieces such as "The Black Square" by Kazimir Malevich, "Bathing of a Red Horse", "The Mother of God of Tenderness Towards Evil Hearts" by Petrov-Vodkin, "Barge Haulers on the Volga" by Ilya Repin, "The Ninth Wave" by Ivan Aivazovsky, "Angel with Golden Hair" an icon made in 12th century, and many more. 

St. Petersburg: State Russian Museum 2-Hour Private Tour

5. St. Petersburg: State Russian Museum 2-Hour Private Tour

Immerse yourself in the art of the State Russian Museum, which houses more than 38,000 works of art. Together with your guide, learn more about the museum's most famous masterpieces, such as the portrait of Catherine II by Levitsky, or The Black Square (The Art of the Sublime) by Malevich. You can also admire the museum's private art collections, which feature masterpieces by Repin, Antropov, Ivanov, Kandinsky, and several painters and sculptors from Russia’s ancient history.  During this tour, you will not only discover art and culture but also gain an understanding of Russian culture past and present.

St. Petersburg: Historical Walking Tour and Metro Experience

6. St. Petersburg: Historical Walking Tour and Metro Experience

Meet your friendly, local guide at Palace Square then head off on your walking tour through the historical center of St. Petersburg. Along the way, listen to fascinating facts and stories about the landmarks and legends of this impressive city. Highlights of the walking tour including the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood, the Russian Museum, Malaya Sadovaia pedestrian street, and the Eliseevsky grocery store. Arrive at Gostiny Dvor metro station and learn how to purchase your tickets and navigate the system. Soak up the magic of one of the most beautiful metro systems in the world as you pass through the stations of Maiakovskaya/Vosstania Square and Pushkinskaya/Zvenigorodskaya to reach Admiralteyskaya, the deepest station in the city. Finally, the tour ends at the impressive St. Isaac’s Cathedral.

St. Petersburg: Jewish Heritage Tour

7. St. Petersburg: Jewish Heritage Tour

Start your city tour with a drive through the old district of Kolomna which was the center of Jewish life in the 19th century. Stop at St. Petersburg Conservatory founded by Anton Rubinstein and hear about its outstanding Jewish graduates. Next, drive by some historical sights associated with the first Jews of the 18th century including the ornate palaces of the Ginzburgs and the Polyakovs, the two powerful dynasties of Jewish bankers. See Nevsky Prospekt, the city’s central street with the monumental Wawelberg Bank building that belonged to the wealthiest bankers of Poland, and other famous structures. After the sightseeing tour, you’ll get inside the Grand Choral Synagogue and find out about its architecture, the history of its foundation and construction, as well as its life today and in the past. At the Russian Museum of Ethnography you will learn about the history of Jews that lived on the territory of the Russian Empire, their everyday life activities, occupation, and culture.   Before returning to your hotel you will visit the YESOD center where you will get to see how the Jewish community of today lives. This center combines Jewish organizations that cater for all ages, from young children to senior citizens.


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What people are saying about State Russian Museum

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 133 reviews

Lida was our tour guide and she was AWESOME! She speaks good english and keeps u engaged for 3 hours. She is from St.Petersburg and is very knowledgeable about the city. She has answers to all your questions. Booking was simple on GYG and communication was good prior to the meeting time via whatsapp. I highly recommend this tour.

Very good service

We liked it a lot, since it collects - unlike other cities - many of the most remarkable monuments and museums. The only downside is that finding the center inside the arcade museum is quite an odyssey. There is no sign to indicate it and people in general do not speak English.

I cannot defeat my last review, but get your guide was able to help us take care of our problem right away! They got us on a boat the next evening, great customer service

The walk in chilled weather was amazing one to do. They do as they write “nothing stops this tour”. The guide Lidia was wonderful and made the tour perfect.

Really very good and organized

It makes it much easier for us to visit museums and tours.