The State Russian Museum
July 16, 2018 15:00-18:00
The State Russian Museum is the world’s largest collection of Russian art, housed in a unique architectural complex in the historical centre of St Petersburg.
It was the first museum of Russian art, initiated by Emperor Alexander III. Later, in 1895, Emperor Nicholas IIsigned a decree ordering “The foundation of a special establishment named ‘The Russian Museum of Emperor Alexander III’ and the assignment of Mikhailovsky Palace with all outbuildings, services and the garden,specially acquired by the state treasury for this purpose”.
The museum collection contains over 400 000 exhibits covering all major periods and trends in the history of Russian art,all main types and genres, trends and schools of Russian art over more than a thousand years: from the X to the XXI century.
The main retrospective exhibition of the museum is located in Mikhailovsky Palace (architect Carlo Rossi, 1819-1825), built for the son of Emperor Pavel I, Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich, and in the Benois Wing.Today, the area of the museum complex is more than 30 hectares. The collection is accommodated in buildings that are outstanding monuments of the XVIII-XIX century architecture: Mikhailovsky, Stroganov, Marble Palaces, and Mikhailovsky Castle.
The State Russian Museum today is an extensive museum complex. It is a large authoritative research, restoration, preservation, and educational centre, supervising the work of all art museums of the country.
The tour includes:
- Transport and excursion services
- Entrance tickets to the museum
The cost of the tour: 1500 rub. (you can book and pay for a tour ticket through your Personal Area).
The tour will take place with a minimum of 10 people in the group. If the group doesn’t come together, you will be offered another tour, or the ticket will be returned.
Drawbridges night boat tour
July 19, 2018 00:30-03:00
St. Petersburg is often referred to as Venice of the North. St. Petersburg occupies the first place in Russia and one of the leading places in the world for the number of bridges. From the very outset the city was built on water, on numerous islands in delta of Neva River. The combination of the architecture and water in Saint Petersburg, as well as in Venice, has a special charm.
A new perspective on the city can be gained from water-level and the boat trip visit some areas of the city that might not be reached on ground. There are 342 bridges in the city limits of Saint Petersburg. Peter the Great was designing the city as another Amsterdam and Venice, with canals instead of streets and citizens skillful in sailing. Initially, there were only about ten bridges constructed in the city, mainly across ditches and minor creeks.
A familiar view of Saint Petersburg is a drawbridge across the Neva. Every night during the navigation period from April to November, 22 bridges across Neva and main canals are drawn to let ships pass in and out of the Baltic Sea into the Volga-Baltic waterway system. It is an exciting spectacle which attracts many guests of St. Petersburg every night. The elegance of some bridges can be compared only with the beauty of the architectural ensembles and majestic buildings of the city.
In the course of the excursion you will see the night transformation of the city panorama and amaze at how differently the city looks at twilight, illuminated lavishly but smartly. The most unforgettable spectacle are the famous draw bridges of the city center: the Palace Brigde, the Trinity Brigde, the Liteinyi Brigde. As you glide around the elegant canals, admire St Petersburg’s illuminated attractions reflecting on the romantic Neva River.
The tour includes:
-Transport and excursion services
The cost of the tour: 2400 rub. (you can book and pay for a tour ticket through your Personal Area).
The tour will take place with a minimum of 15 people in the group. If the group doesn’t come together, you will be offered another tour, or the ticket will be returned.