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Museums of Saint Petersburg

The Peter and Paul Fortress

It is historical core of St.-Petersburg. The heart of Peter and Paul fortress is St.Peter and Paul's Cathedral erected in 18th century - the oldest building of the northern capital. It contains the Burial Vault of Russian Emperors, the former Court Church and the Memorial of Military Glory. The golden spire of the bell-tower with the angle on its top rises high above Neva.

Address: Peter and Paul fortress, 3

The State Hermitage Museum

It is one of the world biggest art and culture museums. Founded in 1764, the Hermitage comprises eight departments. There are over 350 halls in Hermitage. The museum keeps 15 thousand painting, 12 thousand sculptures,600 thousand drawings, over 600 thousand monuments of archeology, over one million coins and medals, and 4224 thousand items of applied arts.

Address: Dvorrtsovaya nab, 34.

The State Russian Museum

Established in 1895 as the center of art and history. The museum owns the Russia biggest collection of paintings, sculptures, drawings, items of applied and folk arts. The exhibitions show ancient icons and the collections of items of the 18th - 20th centuries.

Address: Inzhenernaya St., 4.

St.Isaac's Cathedral Museum

The Cathedral is one of the largest constructions of kind in the world. The upper observation platform of the Cathedral, located below the dome, provides a splendid panoramic view of the whole city.

Address: Isaakievskaya pl., 1.

The House of Peter I

Constructed in 1703. From 1918 the govement protects it. The museum exhibits the items related to victory of Russia in the Northern War of 1700-21, as well as the items about foundation of St.-Petersburg. The interiors show the household items of the 18th century, and objects that belonged to Peter the Great.

Address: Petrovskaya nab, 6.

The Menshikov Palace

It is an affiliate of the Hermitage. From 1967 the museum exhibits the items of Russian culture of the first third of the 18th century, the genuine unique pieces of art and household objects of the Peter I epoch.

Address: Universitetskaya nab, 15.

The State Museum of the history of Religion

Nowadays the museum is disposed in Kazansky cathedral in which fild-marschal M.I. Kutuzov was buried in 1813. In the cathedral the trophies, captured by Russian Army during its abroad march in the War against Napoleon in 1812, are being exhibited, these are banners, standards, keys of European towns and fortress.

Address: Kazanskaya pl., 2.

The Aurora Cruiser

It was founded in 1897 and launched in 1900. From November 17, 1948 the cruiser became the monument of the October revolution. It is located near Petrogradskaya Embankment of the Bolshaya Nevka River. Form 1957 it is an affiliate of the Navy Museum.

Address: Petrovskaya nab, 3.

The Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera)

The museum was esteblished in 1879. It holds over 1 million articles (about 300 thousand items of ethnography, about 500 thousand items of archeology, and about 200 thouand items of antropolgy).

Address: Universitetskaya nab, 3.

The Museum of Zoology

The museum was created in 1832 on the basis of the collection of Kunstkamera. It holds the exhibits of over 15 million types of animals.

Address: Universitetskaya nab, 1.