St. Petersburg

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  • 1. Eifman Ballet Theater St. Petersburg


    Psychological drama reigns here. Most of the ballets in the repertoire of this internationally acclaimed troupe—one of the only professional...Read More

  • 2. Maly Drama Theater

    Vladimirskaya | Theater

    With a smattering of performances with English, French, and Italian subtitles, the MDT is home to one of the best theater companies in Russia...Read More

  • 3. Mariinsky Theatre

    Admiralteisky | Dance

    The names Petipa, Pavlova, Nijinsky, and Nureyev—and countless others associated with the theater and the birth of ballet in St. Petersburg...Read More

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  • 4. Academic Capella

    City Center | Music

    One of St. Petersburg's best-kept secrets is its oldest concert hall, dating to the 1780s and presenting choral events as well as symphonic...Read More

  • 5. Alexandrinsky Theater

    City Center | Theater

    Russia's oldest theater opened in 1756 and is one of the country's most elegant and comfortable. Its repertoire is dominated by 19th-century...Read More

  • 6. Baltiisky Dom Festival Theater

    Petrograd Side | Theater

    An umbrella venue for a dozen experimental companies of various genres holds performances in its large hall and a variety of basements, attics...Read More

  • 7. Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace

    City Center | Music

    The former home of Prince Beloselsky-Belozersky, a rose-color neobaroque palace, has a large mirrored ballroom that hosts concerts. ...Read More

  • 8. Bolshoi Drama Theater

    City Center | Theater

    Known as BDT, this theater is one of the jewels in St. Petersburg's crown and with a repertoire that focuses on classics—from Chekhov and Ostrosky...Read More

  • 9. Bolshoi Puppet Theater

    Liteiny/Smolny | Theater

    One of the oldest continuously operating children's theaters in Russia began at the start of the 20th century. The theater has delighted generations...Read More

  • 10. Children's and Youth Philharmonic

    Vyborg Side | Theater

    The theater is a bit out of the way but the symphony orchestra and puppet theater stage musicals and operas that both kids and adults can enjoy. ...Read More

  • 11. Cultural Heritage Preservation Board

    City Center | Art Galleries–Arts

    Cultural Heritage Preservation Board. If you buy any artwork in St. Petersburg, ask the shop to provide you with the necessary documentation...Read More

  • 12. Early Music Festival


    International soloists and ensembles gather for the festival, usually held late September through early October. ...Read More

  • 13. Erarta Contemporary Art Museum and Gallery

    Vasilievsky Island | Art Galleries–Arts

    With 2,000 works by nearly 150 Russian artists on display, this mammoth five-floor complex is the country's largest contemporary art exhibition...Read More

  • 14. Gallery Borey

    City Center | Art Galleries–Arts

    On display here are changing exhibitions of work by contemporary artists, including paintings, graphics, and decorative art. There is also a...Read More

  • 15. Glinka Hall

    City Center | Music

    For chamber and vocal music, head to this small theater, part of the Shostakovich Philharmonic (it's just around the corner from the main hall...Read More

  • 16. Guild of Masters

    City Center | Art Galleries–Arts

    You'll find paintings, graphics, decorative art, and various jewelry items made by local craftsmen for sale here. ...Read More

  • 17. Hermitage Theater

    City Center | Music

    This glorious and highly unusual theater in the Hermitage mainly hosts the St. Petersburg Camerata, a fine but often overlooked chamber ensemble...Read More

  • 18. House of Composers

    City Center | Music

    Lovers of contemporary classical music flock here to hear pieces written by its members—look for names such as Sergei Slonimsky, Boris Tishchenko...Read More

  • 19. Kochneva's House

    City Center | Music

    Chamber music concerts are held here in atmospheric salons. ...Read More

  • 20. Loft Project Etagi

    Vladimirskaya | Art Galleries–Arts

    Inside the five floors of what was once a bakery are galleries, exhibition halls, and designer boutiques. This arts and cultural center gets...Read More

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