When you are set up for the trip: have Russian tourist visa, plane tickets and hotel is booked, plan your St-Petersburg sightseeing. Here you will find the information about working hours and official websites of main city museums. I do not want you to miss even one place.
1. Well, I wouldn’t be very original starting with Hermitage museum (push to open the site in new window). Hours: 10.30 am – 6 pm, Wednesday and Friday 10.30 am – 9 pm. The third Thursday of the month and December 7th is free admission but the entrance queue is super long. The full price ticket is valid for several departments of the museum: main museum complex, General Staff building with Impressionists, Winter Palace of Peter the Great, the Menshikov Palace, the museum of the Imperial Porcelain Factory.
2. Another place which I strictly recomment to visit and book the tickets in advance is Catherine's palace in Tsar's village. It is the location of the Amber room. Perhaps this summer would be opened Alexander's palace after long restoration. Both residences are near by and if you go to the first place check the second one. It was "family nest" of the Royalty in 19th cetury, palace where Nicholas the Second was born, where his family lived since 1904 and in 1917 was arrested. Hours: Oct to Apr 28: 10.00 am – 4.45 pm, Apr 29,30, May & Sep: 12.00 pm – 7 pm, Oct: 10.00–19.00, Jun to Aug: Mon, Wed: 12.00 pm – 8 pm, Thu to Sun: 12.00 pm – 7 pm. But it's also necessaru to remember about national and school holidays. Catherine's park is opened daily and free from late October to late April.
3. In high season even the Lower garden of Peterhof can be overcrowded. From middle of October till late April the gadren is opened for free as fountains are not working, in summer season garden is opened everyday. But you still can visit the Grand palace. All small palaces as well are closed for the winter season. Hours for the palace: Oct - Apr 10.30 am - 5 pm, May - Oct 12.00 pm - 2 pm, 4 pm - 6 pm. BTW Everyday at 11:00 am there's a gala launch at the Grand Cascade & "Samson" fountain.
4. Certainly it's worth doing to visit Russian museum if you have an interest in Russian Art. Tips: prepare before the visit, choose what you would like to see as the place is big. Great names: Brullov, Aivazovsky, Serov, Repin, Petrov-Vodkin, Kramskoy, Malyavin, Vrubel, Malevich, Kandinsky. Hours: Monday 10 am - 8 pm, Wednesday, Friday - Sunday 10 am - 6 pm, Thursday 1 pm - 9 pm.
5. Three best city churches are working as the museums. I am talking about Church on the Spilled Blood (runs services very early at 7.30 am and finishes by the regural open time), St Isaac's Cathedral and Peter and Paul fortress (the open time on Sunday moves to 11 am). Here works one main rule Sunday is day of the service. Hours: 10.30 am - 6 pm, but for Peter and Paul Cathedral the day is longer 10 am - 7 pm. Note that there are different holidays when church can be closed so it's better to check with the site fist.
6. Faberge museum is one of the youngest private museums opened about 5 years ago. You will see 9 famous Easter Eggs, ceremonial dish, small souvenirs, icons and paintings. You can join English tour but it's available only in Summer. The best way to explore the collection is to borrow audio guide. Hours: 10 am - 8 pm. Good news since February 1st works everyday!
7. If you want to see the basement where Felix Yusupov tryed to kill Rasputin and as well enjoy the interiors of the former mansion visit Yusupov's palace. Hours: 11 am - 6 pm. No day off!
8. The museum which is not so popular between foreign tourists is Erarta. Wonderful and big exebition of contemporary Art is waiting for you. Hours: 10 am - 10 pm.
9. At the end I would like to say: "Are you going to attend the ballet I hope?". And if you ask me where I would say with no doubt Mariinsky (former Kirov) theatre and Michailovsky theatre. BTW the summer agenda usually is published in May only so don't panic.
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