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  • Come Together

    For Rabbi Yaakov Klein, Moscow is about building community.

  • Russia’s Most Unorthodox Priest Is ‘Difficult to Have Around’

    The 42-year old cleric has an unusual and, for the Church, controversial passions in the literary field.

  • Moscow TV Round-Up: High-Octane Thrills Eclipse New Oliver Stone Documentary

    This week viewers four hours of pretend-important chit-chat, three great Russian films and two young adult features that will by turns rev your engines and make idling in neutral seem adventurous.

  • Russia’s Powerful Pensioners Are Struggling to Control Unruly Youth Online (Op-ed)

    Russia currently blocks 6.3 million websites, according to internet freedom watchdog Rublacklist.net.

  • Russian Priest Tells Men Not to Shave to ‘Protect From Homosexuality’

    The head of Russia’s Old Believers has called on Russian men to stop shaving in a bid to “protect themselves from homosexuality.”

  • Siberian Forest Fires Triple in Size as Hundreds Battle Blaze

    Ongoing forest fires in Siberia have more than tripled in size over the past two days, Russian officials have announced.

  • RME on Google Art & Culture

    RME on Google Art & Culture

    14.06 – 14.07 2017 The Russain museum of Ethnographymuch is much closer to public than earlier. We are glad to announce that due to the partnership with Google Art & Culture it became easier to see collection of The Russian museum of Ethnography. At Google Art & Culture visitors are able to see the part…

  • The Plaid Clothes are Beautiful and the Striped Clothes are Gorgeous

    The Plaid Clothes are Beautiful and the Striped Clothes are Gorgeous

    01.06 – 01.09 2017 The Exhibition of plaid and striped fabrics from the Russian Museum of Ethnography is linked to the 20th Internation Conference “Fashion and design: Historical Experience – New Technologies”, which will be held on in Saint-Petersburg from May 30 to June 2 2017 In last decade the RME prepared a series of…

  • COLLECTORS OF THE RUSSIAN MUSUEM OF ETHNOGRAPHY

    COLLECTORS OF THE RUSSIAN MUSUEM OF ETHNOGRAPHY

    25.04 – 30.06 2017 Exhibition dedicated to the ethnographic exhibition to the upper volga region in 1922 In 1922 the research officer of the Ethnographic Department of the Russian Museum D.A. Zolotarev undertook the one of the most notable integrated ethnographic expeditions of that time. The aim of the expedition was to continue work that…

  • The World of the Tatar Culture of the 19th – 20th Century

    The World of the Tatar Culture of the 19th – 20th Century

    23.03 – 23.06 2017 For the first time the Russian museum of Ethnography presents objects revealing common and distinctive features of ethnic, territorial and ethno-confessional groups of the Tatars in Russia. The exposition gives visitor deep insights in resilience and development of Tatar national traditions in dwelling design, costume, cult objects, and applied arts. The…

  • The Arctic – Inhabited Land

    The Arctic – Inhabited Land

    06.12.16 – 25.06 2017 For most of us the Arctic is an enigmatic “ice corner” of our planet with numerous shining white icebergs and ice covered seas, endless polar days and nights; it is the land of unlimited domain of the cold and the source of constant challenges to man, the place of self-sacrifices and…

  • On Thin Ice. Expedition of the Norwegian Polar Institute

    On Thin Ice. Expedition of the Norwegian Polar Institute

    30.05 – 30.06 2017 г. In January 2015 the Norwegian Polar Institute organized an expedition on a research vessel Lance to determine the reasons of climate changes which had happened on the Earth. The vessel had frozen into the ice in the latitude of 83° N, 756km away from Northern Polar and 364km – from…

  • Oranienbaum

    Oranienbaum

    The architectural and landscape complex of Oranienbaum is a unique palace and park ensemble of the 18th-early 20th century, which survived World War II in its historic condition. It is situated in the distance of 40 km from St Petersburg, and being on the way after Strelna and Peterhof, it finishes the sequence of maritime…

  • Strelna

    Strelna

    Strelna is located about 22,5 km from St. Petersburg and overlooking the south shore of the Gulf of Finland. Strelna was favorite site for Peterburgers’ summer residences during 19th century. It was Strelna where the so-called “dachas” (summer cottages) of A.Suvorov-Rymniksky, A.Orlov, A.Lyvov, M. Kshessinsky were situated. The lanscapes of Strelna inspired A.Odoevsky, A.Griboedov, K.Romanov,…

  • Peterhof

    Peterhof

    The Peterhof Museum Complex is one of the most popular museums not only in Russia, but in the whole world. Even a few hours here are enough to feel the spirit of history, which still lives on and breathes in this magnificent place. As a former residence of the Russian monarchs, Peterhof brings together the…

  • Peter and Paul Cathedral

    Peter and Paul Cathedral

    Peter and Paul Cathedral is justly regarded one of the main attractions of Peter and Paul Fortress. It was built in 1712–1733 as the main cathedral of St Petersburg, new capital of the Russian Empire. Designed in Baroque style by Dominico Trezzini, it combines typical features of West-European and Italian church architecture. It is rectangular…

  • St Petersburg Moderne

    St Petersburg Moderne

    from 28 November 2016 to 31 December 2019 The exhibition is based on the original objects from the unique collection of the museum, which have never been displayed before at such scale. Displayed are historical relics discovered during archaeological excavations, maps and plans, paintings, graphics and works of applied art. All these items carefully preserve…

  • History of the Trubetskoy Bastion Prison. 1872 – 1921

    History of the Trubetskoy Bastion Prison. 1872 – 1921

    The history of Peter and Paul Fortress as the main political prison in Russian began in 1718, when the son of Peter the Great, Prince Alexey was imprisoned here. In the late eighteenth the Secret House for preliminary detention of state prisoners was built on the territory of Alexeevsky Ravelin. One of its most famous…

  • Three centuries above the city. The history of the bell tower of Peter and Paul Cathedral

    Three centuries above the city. The history of the bell tower of Peter and Paul Cathedral

    Peter and Paul Cathedral has undergone several alterations in course of its long history. Permanent display in the belfry tells about the main stages of its construction and restoration. Drawings and photographs, a copy of a famous “Panorama of St. Petersburg” by Alexey Zubov (1716), model of Peter and Paul Cathedral, showing its design in…

  • History of Peter and Paul Fortress

    History of Peter and Paul Fortress

    Permanent display in the Neva Curtain Wall explores the history of Peter and Paul Fortress. More than 500 items from the museum collection, including archeological finds, engravings, photographs, construction equipment, models of the fortification structures, tell the story of the construction and development of the unique historical monument. Architectural designs, Russian and Swedish layouts and…

  • Advertisement and Package in St Petersburg

    Advertisement and Package in St Petersburg

    16.06.2017 from 24 December 2015 to 2 July 2017 Peter and Paul Fortress, Engineer’s House Commercial advertisement has always been an inevitable part of city life, but in the mid-19th century, it took on a new meaning, becoming one of the spheres of artistic creativity and inspiring many renowned artists and journalists. Development of this…

  • History of St Petersburg – Petrograd. 1703 – 1918

    History of St Petersburg – Petrograd. 1703 – 1918

    Permanent display in the Commandant’s House of Peter and Paul Fortress consists of two sections. The first section explores the ancient history of the Neva banks and the history of St Petersburg of the early eighteenth – early nineteenth century. On display are archaeological finds, maps and layouts, paintings, pieces of graphic and applied art,…

  • What questions Vladimir Putin was asked during annual televised Q&A sessions

    What questions Vladimir Putin was asked during annual televised Q&A sessions

    A new annual televised question and answer session will be held on June 15 during which Russian people will have the possibility to ask the president questions or make requests live A new annual televised question and answer session, the Direct Line with Vladimir Putin, will be held on June 15, 2017, during which Russian…

  • National Guard’s aircraft mows down moose while landing in central Russian airstrip

    National Guard’s aircraft mows down moose while landing in central Russian airstrip

    Presumably, the moose could have trespassed into the airport’s territory due to the negligence of construction workers who were building a fence around the airfield A plane belonging to Russia’s National Guard struck and killed a moose while landing at Yermolino airport in the Kaluga Region in central Russia, a source in the airport told…

  • Emir Kusturica to perform in Crimea in July

    Emir Kusturica to perform in Crimea in July

    Emir Kusturica is a Serbian director whose works have earned him a Golden Palm at the Cannes, a Silver Bear from the Berlin Film Festival and a Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival Renowned Serbian director and musician Emir Kusturica and his folk and rock band The No Smoking Orchestra will put on the…

  • Moscow senior suspects son-in-law pilfered his Stradivari violin

    Moscow senior suspects son-in-law pilfered his Stradivari violin

    A 17th century violin might have been replaced with a false one “A lawyer called the police representing a 78-year-old man. According to the attorney, his client said that his 17th century violin had been replaced with a fake one. The musical instrument was kept in his daughter’s flat on Maly Kislovsky Street. However, during…

  • Leader of Russian Women’s Union speaks against gender quotas at civil service

    Leader of Russian Women’s Union speaks against gender quotas at civil service

    A Russian senator stresses gender equality at the civil service should be supported by principles of professionalism and not by the establishment of legislative quotas Gender equality at Russia’s civil service should be supported by principles of professionalism and not by the establishment of legislative quotas, member of the Federation Council and Chairman of Russian…

  • The Long and Winding Road of Yoko Ono’s Art

    The Long and Winding Road of Yoko Ono’s Art

    A Hirshhorn exhibition of four works opens the same week Ono is credited, 46 years later, as a co-writer of the chart-topping ballad “Imagine.”

  • Cómo Los Científicos y Grupos Indígenas Pueden Aliarse Para Proteger Los Bosques y el Clima

    Cómo Los Científicos y Grupos Indígenas Pueden Aliarse Para Proteger Los Bosques y el Clima

    Related Content How Scientists And Indigenous Groups Can Team Up to Protect Forests and Climate San People of South Africa Issue Code of Ethics for Researchers The Supposedly Pristine, Untouched Amazon Rainforest Was Actually Shaped By Humans The Best Way to Protect the World’s Forests? Keep People in Them Read the English version of this…

  • The Musical Legacy Behind the Tupac Biopic ‘All Eyez on Me’

    Curator Dwandalyn Reece from the Smithsonian’s African American Museum investigates

  • Game On: Russia’s Cyber Athletes Have Asian Rivals in Their Sights

    In a dimly lit hotel room, a pack of 20-year-olds in sweatsuits stare into computer screens lining the wall. But this is much more than your average college party: these are Russia’s cybersport superstars.

  • Oligarch Buys Independent Russian News Outlet RBC

    Independent Russian news outlet RBC has been bought by oligarch Grigory Berezkin, Russia’s Dozhd television channel reported Friday.

  • Sizzling Hot: Five Exhibits Where You Can Glimpse the Cutting Edge of International Art

    Our selection of the best contemporary art exhibitions to see in Moscow right now.

  • Sizzling Hot

    Our selection of the best contemporary art exhibitions to see in Moscow right now.

  • Hosting FIFA’s Confederations Cup Tests Russia on Security, Infrastructure

    Russia is introducing tough security measures ahead of the Confederations Cup

  • The Russians Are Coming: How NYC Came to Obsess Over Moscow (Op-ed)

    Up to 82 percent of U.S. adults now see Russia as a threat.

  • Russian Yacht Seized Off North Korean Coast – Reports

    The Russian Foreign Ministry is investigating reports that a Russian yacht was seized in the Sea of Japan on Wednesday by a North Korean ship.

  • Petit Cafe: Moscow’s Melting Pot

    Risk-taking marinades and eclectic ingredients eclipse the French classics at this new restaurant near Kropotkinskaya.

  • These Uncensored Questions Gatecrashed Putin’s Annual Call-In Marathon

    President Putin’s annual question and answer session is a carefully choreographed affair. And then some uncomfortable questions snuck onscreen.

  • Putin Stops Short of Confirming Re-Election Campaign

    At his annual “Direct Line” question and answer session broadcast live on television, Russian President Vladimir Putin stopped short of announcing he will run for the presidency in elections scheduled for March.

  • Putin Says Anti-Corruption Protesters ‘Are Only Doing It for Publicity’

    Russia’s nation-wide anti-corruption protests have already led to hundreds of arrests. But Russian President Vladimir Putin remained mostly silent on these matters — until very late into his annual telethon.

  • Collection of porcelain and glassware of the XVIII-XXI centuries

    Collection of porcelain and glassware of the XVIII-XXI centuries

    Peter and Paul Fortress, Petrovskaya Curtain Wall (left side) Exhibition from the collection of ceramics and glassware of the State Museum of History of St Petersburg is about 5000 objects of porcelain and glassware of Russian and West European production. The collection of ceramics and glassware of the State Museum of the History of St…

  • Collection of furniture of the XVIII – early XX century

    Collection of furniture of the XVIII – early XX century

    In 2013 a permanent exhibition “Collection of furniture of the XVIII – early XX century” was opened for visitors. The collection is taken from the decorative and applied arts fund of the State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg. The decorative and applied arts fund collection of the State Museum of the History of…

  • Secret House

    Secret House

    For 200 years the Shlisselburg Fortress “Oreshek”, situated on a small island in the river Neva’s outflow fr om Lake Ladoga, was used as a political prison. The first prison building – the Secret House (also known as The Old Prison) – was constructed in the citadel to the design of the architect Peter Paton.…

  • New Prison

    New Prison

    For 200 years the Shlisselburg Fortress “Oreshek”, situated on a small island in the river Neva’s outflow fr om Lake Ladoga, was used as a political prison. The first prison building on the territory of the fortress was the Secret House, wh ere participants of the Decembrists Revolt were confined. The New Prison was built…

  • The Rumyantsev Mansion and its Owners

    The Rumyantsev Mansion and its Owners

    The history of the mansion from its construction in 1730s – 1740s till the end of the twentieth century is shown by documents, architectural designs, photographs, portraits and family coat of arms of its owners, materials on restoration works in the building.

  • The NEP. The Image of the City and Man

    The NEP. The Image of the City and Man

    The NEP was the New Economic Policy introduced by the Soviet Government in 1921 – 1929 to prevent the Russian economy fr om collapsing. The NEP allowed small businesses to reopen for private profit while the state continued to control large industries, banks and foreign trade. The display in the Rumyantsev Mansion tells about the…

  • From Weekdays to Holidays – Urban Sketches from the 1930s

    From Weekdays to Holidays – Urban Sketches from the 1930s

    The 1930s in Russia was the time of five-year plans, true enthusiasm in work and fundamental reorganisation of the Leningrad industrial basis. The exhibition features samples of goods, produced at the city enterprises, and models of different structures and devices. The process of rapid industrialization involved intensification of labour and restriction of discipline. The country…

  • Literary Display

    Literary Display

    A literary display in the last flat of Alexander Blok, which he and his wife were compelled to move into owing to the Bolshvist policy of compression, was opened in 2005. The exhibition explores the life and work of Alexander Blok in the broad context of artistic life in St. Petersburg – Petrograd of 1920s…

  • Alexander Blok and his Circle

    Alexander Blok and his Circle

    In 2008 State Museum of the History of St Petersburg launched a new display entitled “Alexander Blok and his Circle”, based on the museum collection and memorial items from the Institute of Russian Literature in St Petersburg. Items connected with the poet’s family and literary circle, including numerous autographs, books, portraits, drawings and personal belongings,…

  • Memorial Display

    Memorial Display

    Memorial display is located on the third floor of the flat 21, which was occupied by Alexander Blok and his wife from 1912 to 1920. This flat is connected with the most fruitful period of his work. Here he wrote the cycles of poems «Of What the Wind Sings», «The Life of My Friend», «Black…

  • Permanent Display of the Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad

    Permanent Display of the Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad

    Permanent display of the Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad is located beneath the monument. Mosaic triptych “The Siege of 1941” by Sergey Repin, Ivan Uralov and Nikita Fomin depicts volunteers leaving for the war, women working at the factory in besieged city, and the portrait of Dmitry Shostakovich, who wrote his famous Symphony…

  • Sergey Kirov Memorial Flat

    Sergey Kirov Memorial Flat

    The twelve-room apartment memorial flat of the Leningrad Communist Party Leader has been preserved till present. The interior decoration of the study, the library, the small workshop and the bedroom came to our time almost unchanged; the kitchen, the second entrance hall and the housemaid’s room have been reconstructed. A collection of Kirov’s clothes, hunting…

  • Permanent display in the Mikhail Matyushin’s House

    Permanent display in the Mikhail Matyushin’s House

    Permanent display in the Mikhail Matyushin’s House focuses on the main stages of the development of avant-garde culture in Russia and shows the diversity of St. Petersburg avant-garde art of the 1920s – 1930s. On display are memorabilia of the Matyushin’s family, paintings and drawings by Mikhail Matiushin, Elena Guro, Alexey Remizov, Nikolay Kulbin, Vladimir…

  • Publishing and Printing in the Early 20th Century

    Publishing and Printing in the Early 20th Century

    The exhibition features the newspaper-making process. A collection of old printing equipment of the edge of the 19th – 20th centuries is displayed in the publishing room.

  • History of Printing in St Petersburg in the 18th Century

    History of Printing in St Petersburg in the 18th Century

    Books and newspapers published in the first publishing houses of St Petersburg, as well as documents dedicated to the history of printing, are on display here. The interior of the room is designed in the style of a library.

  • Musical Salon

    Musical Salon

    The exhibition features the history of the house now occupied by the museum. Visitors will have an opportunity to see the interior of the drawing-room and the study of a well-to-do citizen of St Petersburg, the owner of a rich collection of musical instruments.

  • Great citizen: direct speech

    Great citizen: direct speech

    27.10.2016-30.07.2017 from 27 October 2016 to 30 July 2017 Exhibition is dedicated to 130th Anniversary of Sergei Kirov  

  • Houses of Peter the Great

    Houses of Peter the Great

    26.12.2016-01.09.2017 The exhibition tells about the residential houses and palaces, existant and the ones that were demolished, where the first Russian Emperor Peter I stopped during his journeys.

  • Kronstadt Stories-2. Archive

    Kronstadt Stories-2. Archive

    07.06.2017-02.07.2017 The North-Western Branch of the National Center for Contemporary Arts – ROSIZO presents the exhibition of the participants of the Art Residence Program in Kronstadt. Eight projects created by the guests of the Art Residence in 2016 will be presented at the exhibition “Kronstadt Stories-2.Archive” at the State Museum of the History of Saint…

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