This museum includes seven branches, and has a collection of some 1.5 million items all which contribute to telling the long and complex history of St Petersburg.
This museum includes seven branches, and has a collection of some 1.5 million items all which contribute to telling the long and complex history of St Petersburg. In 1918, the Museum of the City was founded and dedicated to urban culture. Its mission was to preserve the cultural heritage of the city, as well as develop new concepts of urban living. In its early stages, the museum occupied three buildings: The Anichkov Palace, the Countess Karlova Mansion and the Serebrennikov Mansion, although now it is spread over seven branches: Peter and Paul Fortress, Shlisselburg Fortress Oreshek, Rumyantsev Mansion, Alexander Blok Museum, Sergey Kirov Museum, St Petersburg Avant-garde Museum (Mikhail Matyushin’s House), Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad, and the Museum of Printing. In the 1920s, the museum was headed up by Lev Iliyin, the main city planner, and became one of the largest research facilities in the city during the 1920s.
When the city of Leningrad recovered to its historical name in 1991, the museum was renamed as the State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg. The Peter and Paul Fortress, one branch of the museum, is being carefully restored. Within its defensive walls, you can see unique collections that show items from daily life, from clothing and porcelain to furniture, graphic designs, and paintings. The Museum hosted events throughout the year, including temporary exhibitions, festivals, and lecture series, so it's worth heading to their website to check out what's on during your visit.