About Masha K
Lives in Moscow, Russia
Since Oct 2014
25-34 year old female
I am an art specialist who travels a lot. I've lived in Venice, London, Amsterdam, Berlin and Saint Petersburg and travelled all across Europe because of my job, currently I reside in Moscow. I'm really glad to share my personal discoveries in terms of local food, art&culture places and other activities with a wider audience!
Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
History Museums, Churches & Cathedrals
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Military Bases & Facilities, Ships
Churches & Cathedrals, Speciality Museums
In my opinion, this is the best museum in Russia. I spent a week here (every single day) as part of a university course, and we still didn't cover all the collections in the Hermitage! It's huge and it's marvelous. The museum is located in the Winter Palace, so every hall used to have its own official or private purpose before 1917. The collections span a vast period, from prehistoric times to contemporary art (check out the new wing of the Hermitage in the General Staff Building), and temporary exhibits have included the 2014 traveling Biennale Manifesta.
All the top names and best works in Russian art history can be found here. The State Russian Museum was founded by the emperor Nikolay II in 1895, with the aim of uniting Russian society through mutual admiration of paintings and sculptures created by native artists. Plus, as most of the artists in the 19th century were heavily influenced by European schools (many of them studied in Europe), it should come as no surprise to Italian and French visitors that they'll find something especially close to their hearts in the Russian museum.
Brodskiy's Apartment Museum is truly a hidden gem. Isaak Brodskiy (not the writer, and unrelated to Joseph Brodskiy) was not only a talented artist, teacher, and avid art collector but also a man of his time — he began with impressionism and moved slowly to realism, ending up as Lenin's official portrait painter. All the phases of his life are reflected in this small but charming and highly interesting museum (his former apartment), and you're likely to be alone with the masterpieces on the walls, making it feel like you're a real guest in this house. Don't miss this chance to visit!
One of the ways to appreciate Russia's national diversity is with a visit to the Russian Museum of Ethnography. Each of the many nationalities that constitute the country is represented in this museum with exhibits about their culture, customs, and traditional clothing. The exposition is well-designed and gives you a better feeling of the country's scale. Also, there is a truly mind-blowing masterpiece in the museum — a large format bronze relief depicting all the nations in Russia — which occupies the entire hall of the neoclassical building.
It is a known fact that the first emperor of Russia, Peter the Great (and the First) was a big fan of Europe, and specifically of Holland. So for his own and his court's pleasure, he ordered the construction of the Summer Garden and a small and modest Summer Palace in the Dutch style. Former wetlands were drained with a system of small canals, and in one of the hidden corners of the garden (with a great view, by the way!), he built a private palace for himself and his family. It was something completely different to what his predecessors had associated with state power, and left in immaculate condition, with authentic interiors intact, is well worth a visit.
Mikhail Matyshin was one of the leaders of the avant-garde movement in St. Petersburg in the 1910-1920s, namely of its futuristic wing. At the entrance of this museum, which used to be his private house (his wife Elena Guro was also an artist and a writer), there is a large format photograph of Matyushin with Malevich (with whom he worked on the 'Victory Over the Sun' opera), and Alexey Kruchenyh, a futurist poet. The museum collection consists mostly of paintings by Matyshin, his wife, and their counterparts, with some rooms remaining authentic to how they looked back in the 1920s.
The Mikhailovskiy Castle Historical Museum is also called 'Engineering Castle' because it became home to the Main Engineering School after 1819. While it was atypical of the times to call a palace a 'castle,' that was the name favored by its owner, poor Emperor Pavel I, who carried the title 'Magister of the Order of Malta' and was murdered here. The castle is the only example of the Romantic Classicism architectural style in the city.
Not technically a museum today (though it was the Museum of Religion and Atheism from 1932 to 2000), this beautiful cathedral is a wonderful example of the classicism style of architecture. Emperor Pavel I ordered that it should look like St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, and the architecture was so cleverly thought out that the axis is positioned as it should be for an Orthodox cathedral (west to east), but instead of standing sideways to the Nevsky Prospect, the cathedral opens up to it with its front.
A dry shot from the Cruiser Aurora ship on the 25th of October, 1917, was the first sign of the assault on the Winter Palace — that which eventually led the Bolsheviks to power. Before becoming a symbol of the Revolution, the Cruiser Aurora had taken part in the Russian-Japanese War and other missions all around the world. At one time, the ship was operated by 600 people.
This museum is famous for the creepy objects on display: an assortment of human and animal fetuses with anatomical deficiencies. Established by Peter the Great, the place had the 'cabinet of curiosities' idea at its core. In addition to the odd collection it's renowned for, the museum also holds beautiful ethnographic exhibits which concentrate on India and North America.
This was once the palace of the first governor of St. Petersburg, Alexander Menshikov, a close friend and a great supporter of Peter the Great. All the festive dinners and parties (called 'assemblies' by the emperor) were held here until 1727, when Menshikov was accused of treason and sent to the Urals, and the palace was handed over to the state. Since it was beautifully decorated with the most expensive and rarest materials of that time, it is a great example of 18th century private (and official) taste.
This museum is a private entity, and all the works of art on permanent display constitute a private collection of Russian art from 1950 to the present. While the 'quality' may vary, depending on your own personal tastes, it is still a unique experience, being the first example of opening up a private collection for public view in Russia.
For real fans of chemistry, this is the place where Mendeleev first dreamt about his periodical table of chemical elements. The objects, library, and archive of the apartment were bought from his widow in 1911. The museum occupies the ground floor of a St. Petersburg University building.
St. Isaac's is the largest Orthodox cathedral in the city, and an excellent example of late classicism in Russian architecture. Lots of artist-members of the Academy of Arts took part in the interior decoration of the cathedral, the most famous among them being Karl Briullov. During World War II, objects and masterpieces from the suburban palaces and museum were kept here, and wartime artillery marks on the facade have been preserved in places (check the columns).