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Private Tour of Russian Museum and General Staff Building in St Petersburg

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St. Petersburg, Russia
Private Tour of Russian Museum and General Staff Building in St Petersburg

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Combine St Petersburg’s two great art museums into one tour on this private half-day walking tour. Visit the Russian Museum, including the Mikhailovsky Palace, and enjoy the highlights of the world’s largest collection of Russian art. Then, immerse yourself in Impressionist masterpieces at the General Staff Building, part of the Hermitage complex.
  • Private guided tour of the Russian Museum and General Staff Building
  • Marvel at the world’s largest collection of Russian art at the Russian Museum
  • Discover Impressionist masterpieces at the General Staff Building in the Hermitage complex
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pick-up, transfers, and entrance tickets
  • Perfect tour for art lovers!
  • Private tour ensures the undivided attention of your guide
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Professional private guide service
Hotel pick-up
One-way transfer hotel-museum by taxi
Entrance tickets to the museums
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Hotel drop-off
Transportation (car) during the tour

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Guests may be picked up from APARTMENT/RAILWAY STATION/AIRPORT/ANY HOTEL located in the city center (Palace Square) or 6km/miles away from it. The guide will be waiting in your hotel lobby or near the building where your apartment is located. The guide will be holding a sign with your last name written on it.

Airports

  • Pulkovo Airport, St. Petersburg Russia


Meet your guide at your central St. Petersburg hotel and relax on your private transfer to the Russian Museum. With your pre-paid tickets, head straight inside and set out to explore some of the 400,000 works of art on display.

Hear how the museum complex once belonged to Grand Duke Michael Pavlovich and was transformed into a museum by Alexander III at the end of the 19th century, as you admire the magnificent buildings. Along the way, admire the main collection on display in Mikhailovsky Palace and marvel at the Russian avant-garde collection in the Benois Wing.

After exploring Russia’s largest art collection, follow your guide to the spectacular Hermitage complex, where you’ll enjoy entrance to the beautifully restored General Staff Building. Inside, browse the show-stopping collection of 19th century art and learn more about Russia’s Impressionist and Postmodernist movements. Listen as your guide points out works by artists like Matisse and Picasso; admire exhibitions like the ‘Age of Art Nouveau’ and admire the gala halls of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Empire.

After a morning of unforgettable art, bid your guide farewell and end your tour by the Hermitage in Palace Square.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Palace Square
This tour will begin in the lobby of your hotel, from where your private guide will take you to Russian Museum by taxi where you will start the journey through Russia's artistic history. Your private guide will be accompanying you throughout the duration of this tour. Enjoy complimentary city maps, bottles of water, rain coats (in case of rain) and farewell gifts.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
State Russian Museum
The Russian Museum is the hugest national museum in the world and now it is home to more than 400,000 works of art, including ancient icons and examples of the Russian avant-garde movement. The museum complex itself once belonged to Grand Duke Michael Pavlovich, son of Paul I, and was purchased by Alexander III at the end of the 19th century to be made into a museum. Today the museum consists of several famous and gorgeous buildings. On this tour you will visit Mikhailovsky Palace, which contains art collections from ancient times to the 19th century, and the Benois Wing, where the famous Russian avant-garde collection is on display.
Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The General Staff Building
Later your guide will walk you to The General Staff Building, belonging to St. Petersburg’s most famous architectural monuments, which was constructed according to architect K.I. Rossi’s design in 1820-1828. Before the February Revolution in 1917, it housed supreme state authorities of the Russian Empire. Now it is a part of the Hermitage museum and there you may find dedicated areas demonstrating contemporary art works, the Museum of Guards, as well as halls devoted to Carl Fabergé. The exhibition space also includes the restored historical interiors – gala halls of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Empire, private apartments that belonged to Chancellor K.V. Nesselrode and rooms of the Ministry of Finance. And of course in The General Staff Building  you may see 19th century paintings, Impressionism and Postmodernism art works from famous collections of S.I. Shchukin and I.A. Morozov.
Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 2 starting times available: 10am, 2pm
  • If you want to start this tour at a preferable time, please mention this info when making your reservation
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • This is a sample itinerary. The order of museum visits (park and palace) may change depending on availability of entrance tickets, museum's days-off, traffic situation in the city.
  • The exact entrance times can vary. Pre-booked time periods to enter the museums are assigned only by the management of the museums and is a subject to changes.
  • This tour is not recommended for wheelchair passengers, and if a person with a wheelchair decides to participate he/she must have a personal helper to assist
  • If you want to take this tour at your preferable time, please leave a note upon making booking or call to confirm your preferred time at least 2 days before the tour
  • After experiencing the sights, your tour will conclude inside one of the museums when your guide departs. Transportation back to your hotel is not included.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour is not suitable for cruise passengers as it does not offer port pickup and drop-off or the required blanket visas
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Horosho

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Tour of Russian Museum and General Staff Building in St Petersburg?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Tour of Russian Museum and General Staff Building in St Petersburg?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Tour of Russian Museum and General Staff Building in St Petersburg?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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What is the maximum group size during Private Tour of Russian Museum and General Staff Building in St Petersburg?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

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