Dear participants in the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly,
We are happy to welcome you on bus sightseeing tours of St. Petersburg on 15, 16 and 17 October.
Participation is subject to prior registration due to limited seating capacity.
For further information, please contact the sightseeing tours department at: +7 (905) 231 6358 from 10:00 to 19:00, or by email: email@example.com, as well as the sightseeing and theatre ticket desk in the domed hall of the Tavrichesky Palace.
For all queries, please contact the excursion programmes department: +7 (905) 231 6358 open from 10:00 to 19:00, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact person: Varvara Malevskaya.
Please note that guided tours and other excursion services are paid for separately.
15 October, 13:00–15:00
Academy of Arts, Universitetskaya Naberezhnaya (University Embankment), Menshikov Palace, Twelve Collegia edifice, Academy of Sciences, Kunstkamera, Zoological Museum, Spit of Vasilyevsky Island, Palace Bridge, Palace Square, Winter Palace, Admiralteisky Prospekt (Avenue), St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Alexander Garden, Senate Square, Bronze Horseman statue, Admiralteiskaya Naberezhnaya (Embankment), Admiralty building, Palace Embankment, Winter Palace, Marble Palace, Field of Mars (Marsovo Polye), Mikhailovsky Castle, Nevsky Prospekt (Avenue), Church of the Saviour on Blood, Kazan Cathedral.
15 October, 17:00–19:00
Spit of Vasilyevsky Island, Peter and Paul Fortress, Trinity Bridge, Mikhailovsky Castle, Fontanka Embankment, Anichkov Bridge, Nevsky Prospekt, Gostiny Dvor Department Store, Ploshchad Iskusstv (Arts Square), Church of the Saviour on Blood.
16 October, 13:00–15:00
Annunciation Bridge, Nicholas (Nikolayevsky) Palace, New Holland Island, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, St. Isaac’s Square, Bolshaya Morskaya Street, Nevsky Prospekt, Palace Square, Winter Palace, Palace Embankment, Marble Palace, Field of Mars (Marsovo Polye), Smolnaya Naberezhnaya (Embankment), Smolny Cathedral.
16 October, 17:00–19:00
Academy of Arts, Annunciation Bridge, Nicholas Palace, New Holland Island, Potseluev Bridge, Moika Embankment, Yusupov Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, St. Isaac’s Square, Bolshaya Morskaya Street, Nevsky Prospekt, Palace Square, Winter Palace.
17 October, 13:00–15:00
Spit of Vasilyevsky Island, Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Petersburg in Miniature, Great Mosque of St. Petersburg, Trinity Bridge, Field of Mars (Marsovo Polye), Nevsky Prospekt, Church of the Saviour on Blood, Kazan Cathedral, Palace Square.
17 October, 17:00–19:00
Spit of Vasilyevsky Island, Palace Bridge, Palace Square, Admiralteisky Prospekt (Avenue), St. Isaac’s Cathedral, St. Isaac’s Square, Mariinsky Palace, Mariinsky Theatre, St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral.
Museums for visiting by accreditation badge
State Memorial Museum of the Defence and Siege of Leningrad
The Museum of the Defence of Leningrad is one of the world’s first museums dedicated to the history of World War II. This museum of tragic history was opened in the 1940s, closed down in 1953, and recreated in 1989. Today, it is the only museum dedicated entirely to the history of the defence and siege of Leningrad.
The State Museum of Urban Sculpture in St. Petersburg was founded on 28 July 1932. It is Russia’s only museum dedicated to studying, preserving and restoring monumental sculptures in an open-air urban environment. The museum curates over 200 monuments and 1,500 memorial plaques, including such iconic St. Petersburg landmarks as the Rostral Columns, the Narva and Moscow Triumphal Arches, the Sphinxes on the quay by the Academy of Fine Arts, The Horse Tamers sculptures on the Anichkov Bridge, monuments to Peter the Great, Catherine II, Nicholas I, Alexander Pushkin, Mikhail Lomonosov, Alexander Suvorov and many others.
Gatchina Palace and Estate State Historical and Arts Museum
Gatchina Palace and Estate State Historical and Arts Museum includes the Grand Gatchina Palace, former imperial residence, a park, and the unique Priory Palace built for the Knights of the Order of Malta. The Gatchina Palace Museum has a superb collection of 18th–19th
century artefacts, porcelain, glass, fabrics, costumes and weapons, as well as paintings and drawings. The museum holds theme-based fancy-dress events.
Fyodor Dostoevsky Literary Memorial Museum was opened on 12 November 1971. It is located in the house where Dostoevsky rented an apartment twice: first in 1846, for a very brief period, and then again from October 1878 and until his death on 28 January 1881. The beginning and end of his literary life were thus joined at a single point. It was in this house that he worked on his early tale The Double, and here he wrote his last novel The Brothers Karamazov. The apartment was reconstructed from the memoirs of Dostoevsky’s wife and his contemporaries.
St. Petersburg Museum of Bread was founded in 1988. The exhibition spans the time between the dawn of agriculture and the present day. The principal emphasis is on demonstrating production, sales and consumption of bread in St. Petersburg. The museum exhibits a bakery plant production line from the 1950s.
The Manege Central Exhibition Hall is St. Petersburg’s largest expo space in the city centre. The Manege specialises in arts exhibits and attendant events, such as lectures, master classes, seminars on arts and culture, film screenings and concerts.
St. Petersburg’s biggest Orthodox cathedral, this unique monument was built in 1858 by the architect Auguste Montferrand. The cathedral is 101.5 metres high. The cathedral’s colonnade is open to visitors, affording a stunning view of St. Petersburg’s historical centre.
This is Russia’s first memorial museum. It was opened in 1904 in a building specifically constructed for it from designs by the architect Alexander von Hohen on the orders of Emperor Nicholas II. In May 1998, the museum was opened after a ten-year reconstruction period. It exhibits personal items owned by the great General, paintings, drawings, weapons, numismatics, rare books, military dress and other artefacts.
The State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg is one of Russia’s biggest historical museums. It has a collection of over 1.3 million items reflecting the history of the city on the Neva from its founding until today. The Peter and Paul Fortress is the centre of the museum; it is a unique historical, architectural and fortification monument of the 18th–20th
centuries. St. Peter and Paul’s Cathedral forms the centerpiece of the architectural ensemble. It is one of St. Petersburg’s iconic images, the sepulchre of the House of Romanov. Historical buildings of St. Peter and Paul’s Cathedral house permanent and temporary exhibitions.
St. Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music, established in 1908, is one of the world’s bigges theatre museums. This collection is almost peerless in its historical span, variety and the value of the exhibits. Over 450,000 artefacts tell the entire history of drama, opera and ballet in Russia.
The St. Petersburg of the Raznochinets Memorial Museum
The St. Petersburg of the Raznochinets Memorial Museum tells the story of backyard St. Petersburg. Raznochinets was a term used in pre-revolutionary Russia to describe those whose social standing did not fit in the strictly defined categories of either ‘gentry’ or ‘merchant’. Petty officials, retired soldiers, servants of all stripes, workers and, naturally, students and the so-called proletarians of intellectual labour lived in neighbourhoods far removed from the posh Nevsky Prospekt.
St. Petersburg State Roerich Family Museum and Institute is located in an old mansion formerly owned by Academician Mikhail Botkin; Nicholay Roerich frequently visited Botkin’s home. The memorial exhibition is based on the legacy preserved by Lyudmila Mitusova and her family, relatives of Elena Roerich.
Today, the museum has approximately 15,000 items, including ones the Roerichs owned, manuscripts, works of applied arts, archaeological finds, photographs and other cultural treasures reflecting the broad context of the life and work of the Roerich family.
Pavlovsk State Museum and Reserve is a palace-and-park ensemble of the late 18th – early 19th centuries located in a suburb of St. Petersburg. The park was laid out on 600 hectares around Emperor Paul I’s summer palace and is one of Europe’s largest landscape parks.
Anna Akhmatova’s State Literary Memorial Museum in the Fountain House
Anna Akhmatova’s State Literary Memorial Museum in the Fountain House is located in a wing of the Sheremetev Palace. Here, in the apartment of eminent arts scholar and avant-garde theoretician Nikolay Punin, Anna Akhmatova lived for almost 30 years, from the mid-1920s until the early 1950s. The memorial apartment recreates the architectural appearance of the 1920s–1930s.
The Smolny Museum tells the story of the building that gained worldwide fame as the headquarters of the 1917 Revolution. Before the Revolution, the building housed Russia’s first state-run educational institution for women, the Smolny Finishing School.
The museum only serves guided tours and only by appointment. Passport must be presented for admission.
The Russian Museum opened in 1898 in the Mikhailovsky Palace by Emperor Nicholas II houses a unique collection of Russian art from the works of the Old Rus’ art and applied arts to 18th–20th century paintings, drawings, watercolours and engravings. The Museum also exhibits Russian sculptures, numismatics and applied art.
The State Museum of the History of Religion tells the history of the emergence and development of religions. It is the only such museum in Russia and one of a handful in the world.
The Museum’s collection has approximately 200,000 items. These are monuments of history and culture from various countries, eras and peoples: from antiquity, Ancient Egypt and Israel to the early European Middle Ages; from Ancient Greece and Rome to the present day; Buddhism and Islam. The oldest exhibits are archaeological finds from the 6th millennium BC.
The Russian Academy of Fine Arts Museum is a collection of art that is unique in both Russia and the world. It emerged in the mid-18th century simultaneously with the Academy of Fine Arts and became a truly unique museum. Only here, looking at the works of the Academy’s faculty and students, could one see future artists starting out and the steps taking them to the pinnacle of their art.
State Russian Museum and Exhibition Centre ROSPHOTO
The State Russian Museum and Exhibition Centre ROSPHOTO established by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation in 2002 holds exhibition, research and educational programmes.
The Centre presents works by eminent masters of photography from Russia and abroad, as well as by talented young artists in such modern photography-related art genres as video art, photo installations, animation, experimental filmmaking.
The Tsarskoe Selo State Museum and Heritage Site is located in a suburb of St. Petersburg. It is a palace-and-park ensemble with two palaces and adjacent parks. Catherine Palace houses the famous Amber Room recreated in 2003.
Using your badge, you can visit the Catherine Palace, Catherine Park, and the ‘Cold Baths’ pavilion with the Agate rooms.
The All-Russian Alexander Pushkin Museum, one of Russia’s oldest literary museums, was shaped gradually and is currently a unique museum complex including the ‘Alexander Pushkin. Life and Works’ monographic literary exhibition; Alexander Pushkin Memorial Apartment; Lyceum Museum; Alexander Pushkin Memorial Dacha; Nikolay Nekrasov Memorial Apartment; Gavriil Derzhavin Memorial Estate.
Nikolay Nekrasov Memorial Apartment and Gavriil Derzhavin Memorial Estate are closed on 17 October.
The Museum is located in the city’s historical centre in two mansions built in the early 20th
century. One of them used to belong to Matilda Kshesinskaya, principal dancer of the Mariinsky Theatre; it is a gem of St. Petersburg Art Nouveau (from a design by the architect Alexander von Hohen). In 1917, the building housed the Bolsheviks’ headquarters. Lenin, Stalin, Zinoviev, Sverdlov and others often gave speeches here. The second mansion, built in 1909 for Vasily Brandt, a major timber industrialist (from a design by the architect Robert Meltzer), is also a historical and architectural monument.
Peterhof’s palace-and-park ensemble was founded as Peter the Great’s country palace. Inspired by Versailles, the fountains of the Lower Park and the Grand Palace are unique monuments of architecture and technology from the first half of the 18th
century. Along with traditional museum exhibits, visitors may see the museum of the royal family’s bicycles, the museum of playing cards, as well as the Benois Family Museum and the Museum of Art Collectors.
One of the world’s biggest museums of arts, culture and history. The State Hermitage has approximately 3 million works of art and monuments of world culture, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, works of applied arts, archaeological finds and numismatics.
2, Dvortsovaya Ploschad
Entrance for participants in the IPU Assembly is via Shuvalovsky Proezd
If this is your first visit to St. Petersburg, a city tour is the best way to get to know Russia’s cultural capital. You will see all of the most famous sights: palaces, museums, cathedrals, canals, theatres, churches and much more.
Museum tour. 3 hours
The Hermitage is among the world’s most famous museums. Over nearly two and a half centuries, the Hermitage has assembled one of the biggest collections in the world, numbering approximately three million works of art and monuments of world culture, from the Stone Age to the present day.
City tour, including a stop at the Peter and Paul Fortress
City tour. 4 hours
You will see all of the most famous sights: palaces, museums, cathedrals, canals, theatres, churches and much more. One stop on the tour is a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress. On 16 May (27 May by the new calendar) 1703, Peter the Great founded a new fortress on Zayachy Island, which was later named the Peter and Paul Fortress. That date has gone down in history as being when the city was founded, after which it developed rapidly under the protection of the unassailable fortress.
Special ‘Cathedrals of St. Petersburg’ tour
Mixed tour. 4 hours
Cathedrals and churches occupy a special place in the architectural
heritage of St. Petersburg. This tour shows you great architectural works and familiarises
you with their history and internal and external ornamentation. St. Isaac’s
Cathedral was, for a long time, the main cathedral of the Russian capital. It
took 40 years to build this, the fourth-tallest cathedral in the world. A
beautiful panorama of the city opens from St. Isaac’s Colonnade. The Cathedral
of the Resurrection of Christ or, as it is more commonly known, the Church of
the Saviour on Spilt Blood, was built on the site where Tsar Alexander II was
assassinated. It is a unique piece of architecture in the Russian style and the
only Orthodox cathedral containing mosaic icons and ornaments covering the
entire interior, from floor to the main dome.
Museum tour. 3 hours
The Russian Museum was the country’s first state museum of Russian visual arts, founded in 1895 in St. Petersburg by order of Emperor Nicolas II. The museum was officially opened to visitors on 19 March (7 March by the old calendar), 1898. The Russian Museum today is a unique depository of artistic treasures, a famous restoration centre, an authoritative institute of academic research, a major cultural and educational centre in Russia, and a research and pedagogical centre for art museums of the Russian Federation, overseeing the activities of 260 art museums across the country.
Night city tour of St. Petersburg
City tour. 3 hours
This tour covers all the most famous sights in St. Petersburg. The main feature of the night city tour is seeing the bridges raised. The multi-tonne structures are raised in just a few minutes, creating a corridor for ships to pass through. The amazing drawbridges have become a symbol of St. Petersburg’s famous White Nights.
Pushkin, Catherine Palace, and Catherine Park
Mixed tour. 5 hours
One of the most picturesque suburbs of St. Petersburg is Pushkin,
located 24 kilometres to the south of Russia’s cultural capital. The former
main summer residence of the imperial family is located here. The Amber Room,
unique in its beauty, is located in the Catherine Palace. It was recently
rebuilt by Russian restorers using original sketches from the time.
The secrets of St. Petersburg’s bridges
City tour. 3 hours
Bridges are an integral part of the City on the Neva. The beauty of many of St. Petersburg's bridges is comparable with the splendour of the city’s greatest architectural ensembles. The tour is accompanied by a reading of Alexander Pushkin's poems and runs from one opening bridge to the next, providing the history of the construction and technical components of each in turn.
Grand Maket Rossiya
Museum tour. 3 hours
On this excursion, you get to see all Russia in a single day, with the help of the largest model version of our vast country. The creators of this dynamic model have endeavoured to represent faithfully the things that, as they see it, encapsulate everyday life in different parts of Russia. The chance to grasp something so immense while seeing the everyday from a different perspective is a fantastic adventure and a rare joy, not only for children but adults too.
Alexander Popov Central Museum of Communications
Museum tour. 3 hours
Founded in 1872, the Alexander Popov Central Museum of Communications is one of the oldest science and technology museums in the world. Its unique collection, dedicated to the history of communications, contains exhibits related to the history of post, telegraphy and telephony, radio and broadcasting, television, mobile communications, and space and satellite communications.
Pushkin Apartment Museum
Museum tour. 3 hours
It was in this building that Alexander Pushkin, mortally wounded in a
duel, died on 29 January 1837. The museum has now been restored to the original
form and layout of the apartment of Russia’s first poet, with the help of
historical documents and friends’ memoirs. It is now replete with the
belongings of family, friends and associates.
Dostoevsky Apartment Museum
Museum tour. 3 hours
Dostoevsky twice rented an apartment in this building on Kuznechny Pereulok: in 1846 and from October 1878 until he died on 28 January 1881. The beginning and end of his artistic journey turned out to be bound together in one place. It was here that he worked on his early novella The Double, and it was here that he wrote his final novel The Brothers Karamazov. Dostoevsky’s apartment has been recreated based on the memoirs of his contemporaries and his wife.
Lomonosov (Oranienbaum) palace and park ensemble
Mixed tour. 5 hours
The palace and park ensemble of Lomonosov (Oranienbaum) is a unique and invaluable treasure of Russian culture and art of the 18th century. Oranienbaum was the only palace in the suburbs of St. Petersburg not destroyed in the Second World War. Damaged, but not destroyed during the war, the palaces, museums and parks of the town of Lomonosov – many of which have undergone restoration in the last five years – have been preserved with the original 18th century decorative flourishes in all their authenticity.