St. Petersburg

We’ve compiled the best of the best in St. Petersburg - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. State Hermitage Museum

    City Center | Museum/Gallery

    Leonardo's Benois Madonna, Rembrandt's Danaë, Matisse's The Dance ... one of the world's most famous museums is virtually wallpapered with...Read More

  • 2. State Museum of Russian Art

    City Center | Museum/Gallery

    In 1898 Nicholas II turned the stupendously majestic neoclassical Mikhailovsky Palace (Mikhailovsky Dvorets) into what has become one of the...Read More

  • 3. Alexander Pushkin Apartment Museum

    City Center | Museum/Gallery

    After fighting a duel to defend his wife's honor, the beloved Russian poet Alexander Pushkin died in a rented apartment in this building on...Read More

  • 4. Anna Akhmatova Literary Museum

    City Center | Museum/Gallery

    The famous St. Petersburg poet lived for many years in a communal apartment in a wing of this former palace of Count Sheremetyev. Akhmatova...Read More

  • 5. Artillery Museum

    Petrograd Side | Museum/Gallery

    You can't miss St. Petersburg's main army museum—just look for the hundreds of pieces of artillery on the grounds outside. Exhibits have a distinctly...Read More

  • 6. Chamber of Art


    This fine example of Russian baroque is painted bright azure with white trim and stands out from the surrounding classically designed architecture...Read More

  • 7. Ethnography Museum

    City Center | Museum/Gallery

    Costumes, crafts, and other artifacts provide a look at the various ethnic groups of the former Soviet Union. If you're traveling with kids...Read More

  • 8. F.M. Dostoyevsky Literary-Memorial Museum

    Vladimirskaya | Museum/Gallery

    Here, in the last place in which he lived, Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821–81) wrote The Brothers Karamazov. Dostoyevsky preferred to live in the...Read More

  • 9. General Staff Building

    City Center | Museum/Gallery

    The eastern side of ploshchad Dvortsovaya (Palace Square) is formed by the huge arc of this building; its form and size give the square its...Read More

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  • 10. LabirintUm

    Petrograd Side | Museum/Gallery

    About 60 exhibits provide visitors with the opportunity to learn the laws of physics, chemistry, and nature in an entertaining way, whether...Read More

  • 11. Russian Political History Museum

    Petrograd Side | Museum/Gallery

    Almost as interesting as the paintings, posters, flags, and porcelain tracing the history of Russia in the 20th century is the history of this...Read More

  • 12. St. Petersburg Circus

    City Center | Museum/Gallery

    Though not as famous as the Moscow Circus, St. Petersburg's version of this popular Russian form of entertainment dates from 1867 and remains...Read More

  • 13. State Museum "Smolny"

    Liteiny/Smolny | Museum/Gallery

    Giacomo Quarenghi designed this neoclassical building between 1806 and 1808 in the style of an imposing country manor. It's here where Lenin...Read More

  • 14. Vladimir Nabokov Museum-Apartment

    Admiralteisky | Museum/Gallery

    Vladimir Nabokov (1899–1977), best known in America for the novel Lolita, was born and lived in this apartment until his 18th year. Judging...Read More

  • 15. Zoological Museum

    Vasilievsky Island | Museum/Gallery

    An unusual collection of more than 30,000 species includes a mammoth, now stuffed, recovered from Siberia in 1901, and it joins tigers, foxes...Read More

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