“St. Petersburg is a city of art. Peter the Great’s imperial capital is now Russia’s indisputable cultural hub, home to world-famous ballet, theater, and more. For fine arts, it’s unparalleled. Of the long list of museums in St. Petersburg (or Piter, as Russians call it), here are the five you absolutely can’t miss” advised National Geographic.
First place took the State Russian Museum with its branches (St. Michael’s Castle, Benua, Stroganov, Marble, Summer Palaces, Summer Garden). Its permanent collection includes major pieces by Brullov, Aivazovsky, Ivanov, Kandinsky, Shishkin, Repin, Levitan, Polenov, Grabar, Serov, just few to name.
Second “The unquestionable crown jewel of Russia’s museums—not just St. Petersburg’s—is the Hermitage, a vast complex that ranks as the second largest museum in the world”.
Third place took Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art. It has more than 2,800 art works permanent collection, the Erarta also create its own interesting projects. Besides the usual gift shop, there’s a gallery with original works for sale, a specialized bookstore, and Erarta Home, which has home decor items and custom prints.
Forth for Faberge Museum which has collection of 15 of the jeweler’s famous eggs, including nine that were made for the royal family. Besides, the Museum housed in Shuvalov Palace, the masterpiece of neoclassical architecture.
And Fifth is Samoylov Family Museum, which is part of the St. Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music, includes personal belongings and furniture of the family, portraits painted by Vassily himself, and artifacts that shine a light on St. Petersburg’s theatrical culture in the 19th and early 20th centuries.