The State Museum of the Political History of Russia

The State Museum of the Political History of Russia

Speciality Museums • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Neighbourhood: Petrogradsky
How to get there
  • Gorkovskaya • 5 min walk
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FrederickWentworth
Rouen, France1,019 contributions
Mar 2020
Easy to reach by metro, it is next to the St Petersburg mosque. The museum is built around the former residence of a ballerina who collected grand dukes (three I believe including Nicolas II) and became immensely rich as a result (I am sure there is a word for that). The building itself is a nouveau riche, petit bourgeois cross between art nouveau and neo-palladianism. It is an offence to good taste and basic decency. However the contents are very, very interesting and cover Russian political history from Alexander I to Gorbatchev. Sadly enough we did not allow enough time (it is huge) but we managed to get an overview in about 3 hours. The exhibits concerning the siege never fail to move us to tears (they play the famous metronome). You can only admire a people who withstood so much in the course of history.
Written 10 March 2020
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drogilmour
Guatemala City, Guatemala2,691 contributions
Dec 2019
Reach it using Gorkovskaya metro station. The museum is housed in the former home of the socialite and famous ballerina Matilda Kschessinska, built in an organic/ art nouveau or northern moderne style; the exhibits occupy three floors and it would simply be impossible to read all the data or fact sheets (in Russian and in English) in less than a whole day.

There is no logical or time sequence in the exhibits a room will depict events of the reign of Tzar Nicholas II and the next one about events in the 80's or the Revolution; but each room is devoted to a specific moment in time; my favorite was the one with the balcony facing Kronverkskiy Prospekt celebrates Lenin's famous speeches.

If you want to see what was the path for Russia to become the USSR this is the museum to visit.
Written 20 January 2020
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DanFoxs
Bangkok, Thailand3 contributions
Aug 2019
One of the best museums i ever been! A lot of history and many interesting things to see ! Every one should go there if you are in St Petersburg!
Written 19 November 2019
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PublicTransportFan
Birmingham315 contributions
Sep 2019
This is a fascinating and wonderful museum. We spent several hours there, with a break for coffee and cake in the middle. It helps if you know some Russian, but there is English translation for the most important parts. Definitely needs more than one visit as you can't take it all in at once.
Written 6 October 2019
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Vicky V
Athens, Greece29 contributions
Aug 2019 • Business
It is a very well organised museum,very informative even though not everything was in english and makes you want to find out more about russian political history.There are also mini documentaries you can watch at any time in the museum.
Written 26 September 2019
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain10,419 contributions
Oct 2018 • Solo
The State Museum of Political History is located in Saint Petersburg, near the St. Paul and Peter Fortress. It is located in an old palace reconverted in museum. It is very interesting, if you are interested in the history of the country. In fact, here you can learn a lot about some revolutions, the 2nd WW and the different governments in the country. Very interesting, especially for history-lovers.
Written 26 September 2019
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TKNgaio
Palmerston North, New Zealand548 contributions
Jul 2019
This is a great museum and it is housed in a very historical and beautiful art nouveau building. It was the home of the famous ballerina Matilda Kshesinskaya, and the new exhibition on the top floor of her former mansion "Fouettes of Fate" is devoted to her story and famous life in Russia and the west. She was a superb dancer and artiste and daughter of a dancer father. She was also very beautiful. She was the mistress of the last Tsar before he married, and it is rumoured that she had his treasure buried under her house - though people have never found this in the museum grounds. But the story adds to the mystery. The exhibition, though small is simply wonderful. Several of her rooms are now decorated in the style she had it and there are wonderful photographs fro her career, including her Paris studio masterclasses for famous dancers such as Fonteyn. There is a lovely film about her with English subtitles.
The rest of the museum is devoted to the more usual political history of Russia. This also is excellent as it is curated exceptionally well and stylishly. For example there is a very interesting replica of a 1950's shared kitchen in an apartment and information about how acute the housing shortage was at that time. In all, this is a great museum where you can spend an hour or two.
Written 24 September 2019
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Cynthia T
Seattle, WA71 contributions
Sep 2019
Located in an old mansion of a former ballerina, near the Sennaya metro stop, this museum is loaded with information and exhibits. There are English placard for each general exhibit, though not a translation for each item. Still, it is interesting and informative. Admission is 250 rubles (about $2.50 in August 2019) for adults. Children 18 and under are free.
Written 11 September 2019
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Alex J
Melbourne, Australia2,208 contributions
Sep 2018
OK, I am biased. I love history, and I love taking photos of historical objects. On both counts, this museum is unmissable. It covers Russian politics in great (one might even say excruciating!) detail, warts and all, up to modern times. No value judgements, no commentary, just facts, backed up by documents and photographs and other objects and memorabilia. You see details of the horrible things done by the Tsars. You see details of the horrible things done by the Soviet system. You see details of the horrible things done by Stalin. (one of the most interesting objects was Stalin scribbling obscenities on a report from his chief spy in Japan, during WW2, who had found out that Hitler was about to launch his attack on Russia. Stalin did not believe that Hitler would do such a thing!). I had only an hour here. On my next visit to St. Petersburg, I want to spend half a day here, if possible. This museum is worth at least three hours. I went alone, during "free time", while on a conducted tour across Russia (Trans-Siberian). I did not have enough time to see everything. My Russian is almost non-existent, and I did not have a guide. So, I had a lot of trouble trying to figure out what some objects were all about.If possible, get a guide, or go on a conducted tour of this place. By the way, this is a very historic building, but that is another story! Let a guide explain all that to you. Don't miss this gem if you go to St. Petersburg. Very few foreign tourists visit this place.
Written 30 August 2019
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Dollaclax
Central Portugal, Portugal125 contributions
Jul 2019
We had a couple of hours to spare, and came across this externally very unassuming museum. The reception area is spacious, bright and very clean. The museum is made up of several, well-organised, exhibition rooms, each illustrating and describing events which in one way or another influenced Russian political history. The very-well presented exhibits are all described in Russian, but little English-language plastified cards are available in each room.
This is a Museum for the student of politics as well as for the casual visitor to St Petersburg - Oh, and I didn't notice any particular apology nor excuse for political events. Everything was very matter-of-fact. This is what happened, so there ! I would certainly return, to appreciate the excellent layout, and to re-visit some of the exhibits which fascinated me. Strongly recommended.
Written 18 August 2019
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