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St Petersburg: State Russian Museum Skip-the-Line Tour

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St Petersburg: State Russian Museum Skip-the-Line Tour

From US$ 60 per person

Embark on a classic art tour covering all Russian historical periods. See "The Black Square" by Kazimir Malevich, "Peredvizhniki" collection and the "The Ninth Wave" by Ivan Aivazovsky.

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Duration 2 hours
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Wheelchair accessible
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  • Go on tour with a professional guide
  • Get skip-the-line tickets
  • See a vast collection of Russian art famous all over the world
  • See the Black Square by Kazimir Malevich
Full description
Visit the State Russian Museum, an architectural complex where you can see Russian art in all its manifestations from the ancient times to the Postmodern, right in the very center of St Petersburg. See the collection of Russian canvas which was started by Emperor Alexander III in 1895 and was opened to the public in 1895. It had a very tight connection with the Academy of Arts where most Russian artists studied and later presented their work to nobility in the Mikhailovsky Palace and Benois Wing (now the main Russian Museum complex). Discover a collection that contains over 400,000 exhibits covering all major periods and trends in the history of Russian art, all main types and genres, schools of Russian art over more than a thousand years: from the 10th to the 21st century. See famous masterpieces such as "The Black Square" by Kazimir Malevich, "Bathing of a Red Horse", "The Mother of God of Tenderness Towards Evil Hearts" by Petrov-Vodkin, "Barge Haulers on the Volga" by Ilya Repin, "The Ninth Wave" by Ivan Aivazovsky, "Angel with Golden Hair" an icon made in 12th century, and many more. 
  • Museum tickets
  • Live professional guide
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Inzhenernaya St, 4, Sankt-Peterburg, 191186 Near the main black gates

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  • Luggage or large bags

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  • The Russian Museum tour lasts for 2 hours and the meeting point is at the gates of the Russian Museum Inzhenernaya St, 4, Sankt-Peterburg, 191186
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Fantastic review of Russian art from Iconography to modern times by our guide Sergei who is an art historian and an expert on Russian culture. It was a privilege to walk with Sergei who imparted his extensive knowledge in a simple and witty way.

July 15, 2019

Not at all what we were looking for - a big disappointment!

We were expecting an overview of all the Russian Museum has to offer. The guide, Sergei, was a very nice man but he appeared to be an art historian and wanted to focus on his interests. We spent the first 25 minutes of the two hour tour in two rooms featuring religious icons. Although they were beautiful we did not want such an in-depth discussion at the expense of missing other important works at the museum. This approach continued through the tour - he gave a very long explanation of a few works. There were 4 of us - two couples. After over an hour seeing very little with very long-winded explanations of what we did see, the other couple said that they would move on - that they wanted to see some of the more modern works the museum had to offer. This is what we wanted to. Sergei agreed but at the next exhibit he continued to go 'on and on'. The other couple left and we also ended the tour after only 90 minutes, not seeing everything we had wanted to see.

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July 11, 2019

Very interesting visit ; guide had excellent skills about art.

January 4, 2019

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