Art Lover's Guide to St. Petersburg
Often touted as Russia’s cultural capital, St. Petersburg has enough historic masterpieces and world-famous museums to tempt even the most discerning art enthusiast. From the iconic Fabergé eggs to ground-breaking contemporary collections, here’s our pick of the must-see sites for art lovers in St. Petersburg.
The Hermitage—World-Famous Collection in a Royal Palace
Housed in the sumptuous Winter Palace, the permanent collection of the State Hermitage Museum features some three million works, making it one of the largest art museums in the world. Highlights include pieces by Michelangelo, Rubens, Rembrandt, and Picasso.
State Russian Museum—World’s Largest Russian Art Collection
Shining the spotlight on Russian masters such as Aivazovsky, Repin, Kustodiev, and Brullov, the State Russian Museum offers the most comprehensive collection of Russian art in the world, with works dating from the 10th to 20th century.
Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art—St. Petersburg’s Leading Contemporary Art Museum
Behind its Stalinist facade, the Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art showcases the country’s largest collection of Russian contemporary art and hosts an exciting roster of temporary exhibitions, film screenings, and cultural events.
Fabergé Museum—Nine Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs
The star attraction of the Fabergé Museum, which displays the opulent creations of legendary Russian jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé, is the series of nine imperial Easter eggs—of which only 44 exist in the world.
General Staff Building—Impressionist Works from the Hermitage Collection
Visitors to the Hermitage Museum can also enjoy entrance to the neighboring General Staff Building. An architectural masterpiece designed by Carlo Rossi in the early 19th century, it’s home to the Hermitage’s collection of impressionist and postimpressionist works.
Metro Stations—Art Masterpieces Under the City
St. Petersburg’s subway stations are unlike any others. Constructed during the 20th century, the eight main stations are magnificent feats of architecture, featuring marble columns, chandeliers, elaborate mosaics, and bas-relief carvings.