Arts Square

Arts Square is home to the Russian Museum, the Mikhaylovsky Theatre, the Large Concert Hall (Bolshoi Zal) of the St. Petersburg Philarmonic, the Pushkin monument and is not far from the Church of the Savior on Blood.

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1 km, 436 m
Monument to Pushkin

Monument to Pushkin

St. Petersburg, pl. Iskusstv

The opening of the monument was timed to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Leningrad

The monument was cast from bronze at the Leningrad factory «Monumentsculptura». The height exceeds 4 m, and together with the pedestal  7 m 90 cm. The pedestal is cut from reddish granite mined in Kar-Lahti near Leningrad, the base is made of forged granite. On the front of the pedestal there is carved an inscription with gold: «Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin».

After the war in 1947 a new All-Soviet Union competition was announced for the best design of the monument to Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin in Leningrad. The first three rounds did not reveal the winner. Sculptor L. D. Muravin and architect I. Karakis won the second prize. In 1949, at the 4th open round of the competition, a young thirty-year-old sculptor Mikhail Anikushin, a recent graduate of the Academy of Arts, presented his sketch. As a result, his sketch was approved by the commission. The solemn laying of the monument took place in 1949, on the 150th anniversary of the poet’s birthday.

The Stray Dog cafe

The Stray Dog cafe

The history of the cafe is rooted in 1911

The Stray Dog (Russian: Бродя́чая соба́ка) (aka Stray Dog Cellar, Stray Dog Cabaret and the Society for Intimate Theatre) was located at Ploshchad Isskustv, Square of the Arts up to Summer Gardens, St. Petersburg, Russia.

The Stray Dog Café was a meeting place for famous writers and poets during the early 20th century. The Acmeist poets (Nikolay Gumilyov,Mandelstam, Mikhail Kuzmin, etc.) gathered there to discuss theories of literature, give poetry readings, and perform theatre. They considered themselves "'stray dogs' shunted aside by proper aristocratic society", which led to the name. The cafe was in disrepair for many years and reopened in 2001.

Run by proprietor Boris Pronin, out of the cellar of the Dashkov mansion. It opened New Year's Eve, 1911 and was shut down by the authorities in 1915.[2] Its closing was linked to the start of World War I. A key locale for the followers of the emerging acmeist and futurist literary movements, the Stray Dog clientele rejected the symbolist school of thought.

The previous salon for St. Petersburg poets had been the Tower. This was the apartment of the symbolist poet Vyacheslav Ivanov, who was also responsible for influencing Meyerhold's use of theatre. Many of these poets later became patrons of the Stray Dog.

Poets/performers at the Stray Dog Café included Anna Akhmatova, her husband Nikolay Gumilyov, Velimir Khlebnikov, Vladimir Mayakovsky,Marina Tsvetaeva, Boris Pasternak, Sergei Esenin, Mikhail Kuzmin, Osip Mandelstam, and Alexander Blok.

209 m
Mikhailovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre

Mikhailovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre

St. Petersburg, ploschad' Iskusstv , 1

The theater combines classical traditions with bold creativity and innovative experiments

Mikhailovsky Theatre is the famous musical theater, the Pearl of St. Petersburg. The theater combines classical traditions with bold creativity and innovative experiments. It was opened in 1833 after the descree of Emperor Nicholas I and named after Grand Duke Michael Pavlovich - younger son of Emperor Pavel I.  It's situated in a historical building (Mikhailovsky Palace) on ploschad'  Iskusstv in St. Petersburg. This palace was Grand Duke's residense and the theater became a chamber stage receiving high-ranking guests of the Imperial family and close friends. The building of the theater was erected by A. Brullov.

After 1917, the theater becomes a kind of "laboratory of creation of Soviet Opera". On its stage The Nose and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Dmitry Shostakovich, and innovative The Queen of Spades by Vsevolod Meyerhold were represented for the first time. After the war, the theatre continued its cooperation with contemporary composers. For the first time ever there was represented the War and Peace by Sergei Prokofiev.


133 m
Mikhailovsky Palace

Mikhailovsky Palace

St. Petersburg, ul. Inzhenernaya, 4

The main collections of the State Russian Museum are located within the walls of the Mikhailovsky Palace. It was built for one of the sons of Emperor Paul I, Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich, designed by architect K. Rossi

The palace was immediately recognized as an architectural masterpiece not only in Russia but throughout Europe. Here, ceremonial receptions were held, which were attended by Zhukovsky and Vyazemsky, Pushkin and V. Odoevsky. The music salon, which was situated here, was very famous.The best singers, musicians, composers from Europe were invited here. Celebrities such as Liszt, Berlioz, Schumann, Wagner and many others were among them.

At the end of the 19th century, the palace which was partially rebuilt in three years as a museum, accepted the collections of the Winter, Gatchinsky and Alexandrovky palaces, the Hermitage and the Academy of Arts as well as collections of private collectors donated to the museum. Currently, the collection of the Russian Museum has more than 400,000 exhibits and covers all historical periods and trends of the millennial development of Russian art (more than 1000 years: XI - XXI century), all its main types and genres, directions and schools. Here you can find the works of V. Borovikovsky, O. Kiprensky, I. Vishnyakov, I. Aivazovsky, K. Bryullov, I. Repin, I. Shishkin, V. Surikov, L. Bakst, K. Korovin, I. Mashkov, P. Konchalovsky , V. Kandinsky, K. Malevich, P. Filonov and other painters.

In addition, in the museum you can see works of decorative, applied and folk art, including handicrafts, embroidery, fabrics, fragments of Russian huts, women's costumes of different classes and provinces.

At the tour desk of the Russian State Museum you can order excursions:

  • up to 5 people - 3000 rubles;
  • up to 10 people - 4500 rubles;
  • up to 25 people - 7500 rubles;
  • for schoolchildren (up to 30 people) - 3000 rubles;
  • for students and senior citizens (up to 25 people) - 3500 rubles;
  • for preschoolers (up to 25 people) - 1500 rubles.

 Applications are accepted by phone: +7 (812) 314-34-48 (if there is a free guide, you can place an order on the day of contact).

180 m
The Russian Museum of Ethnography

The Russian Museum of Ethnography

St. Petersburg, Ingenernaya street, 4/1

The Department of Ethnography of the Russian Museum was founded on April 13th, 1895, by a supreme decree of His Majesty, Nikolas II, in memory of his father, Emperor Alexander III.

In the late 19th c., both the purpose and the perspective plan for the formation of the Russian Museum was defined. The museum was to be comprised of three departments: the Department of Fine Arts (the Mikhailovsky Palace), the Department of Ethnography, and a department dedicated specifically to the memory of Emperor Alexander III.

A young and talented architect, Vasiliy Svinin, whose plan for the reconstruction of the Mikhailovsky Palace was chosen by the Empress Maria Feodorovna herself, was commissioned to develop the plans for the Ethnographic and the Memorial Departments, and he managed to oversee all aspects of the complex’s completion.

According to the architect’s plan, the building of the Department of Ethnography was to be constructed exclusively through the use of state funding and domestically produced materials; it called for the implementation of the most advanced methods, requiring the latest in equipment technology. This being the case, Svinin chose Olonets marble to decorate the halls, which was quarried not far from St. Petersburg.

At the request of the first Manager of the Russian Museum, the Grand Prince George Mikhailovich, in 1910 the cornice of the museum was adorned with the sculpture of “Athena - the Patroness of Arts and Trades”, by the sculptor, Matvey Kharlamov.

The crystal ceiling slabs of the Memorial Department with their images of two-headed eagles were produced by goldsmiths of the Moscow based trading house, I. P. Khlebnikov, Sons & Co.

The building was intended to become an integral part of the Mikhailovskaya Square ensemble that was created by Carlo Rossi in the first half of the 19th c., and the design by the architect, Svinin, successfully met all of the set requirements.

169 m
Musical Comedy Theatre

Musical Comedy Theatre

St. Petersburg, Italyanskaya street, 13

The only theater, which functioned in the besieged city during 900 days of the siege

The whole history of Theatre of Musical comedy is inseparably linked with St.-Petersburg. And theatre is situated on one of the most beautiful and oldest St.-Petersburg squares – Arts square that was created by genius of Italian architect Carlo Rossi, theatre adjoins with Philharmonic named after D.D. Shostakovich, Grand-Hotel “Europe”, museum of artist I. Brodsky, theatre of opera and ballet named after M.P. Musorgsky, Russian Museum and Museum of ethnography.

Date of theatre birth is 17th of September of 1929, in that day two united operetta companies – Theatres of Musical comedy from Kharkov and Leningrad presented on its stage one of the first Soviet operetta. It was “Holopka” N. Strelnikov. During that time theatre worked in Alexandrovsky Garden in the building of state Peoples House. In palace on Italyanskaya street company moved in 1938, left the building of “Music-Hall”, it’s interesting that company of “Music-Hall” moved to Alexandrovsky Garden and still works till now in building of Peoples House.

During years of great Patriotic war theatre and its company showed unprecedented heroism and courage working in besieged city all 900 days of blockade. Light and merry genre of operetta presented citizens and front-line soldiers minutes of rest and oblivion, and belief in approaching victory.

Recently theatre came back to its building after thorough repairs. Company has big and various plans, and as well wish to keep love and interest of Saint-Petersburg audience.


333 m
The St.Petersburg State Academic Philharmonia (Grand Hall)

The St.Petersburg State Academic Philharmonia (Grand Hall)

Saint Petersurg, Mikhailovskaya ulitsa, 2

The St. Petersburg Philharmonia the oldest Philharmonia in Russia, is more than two hundred years old.

The building housing the Philharmonia was constructed in 1839 by the architect P. Jacot (the facade designed by C. Rossi) for the St. Petersburg Assembly of the Nobility.

The hall with its wonderful acoustics and a seating capacity of over 1500 has been the center of the city's musical life since the 1840s. Numerous renowned musicians of the 19th century performed including F. Lizst, H. Berlioz, R. Wagner, G. Mahler, A. Rubinstein, K. Schumann, P. Viardo, P. Sarasate and many. Many works of such exponents of Russian classical tradition as Borodin, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Glazunov were premiered in this historic place.

On June 21, 1921 the name was changed to the Petrograd Philharmonia. The orchestra was conducted by E.Couper, the first Director of the Philharmonia, a talented conductor and brilliant organizer.
The concert program was dedicated to P.I.Tchaikovsky's works. In a short period of time the Philharmonia developed diverse concert, educational and publishing activities; the unique Philharmonic Library was instrumental to these endeavors. The Philharmonic Orchestra (at present the St. Petersburg Philharmonic) became its leading orchestra. In the course of 50 years (1938 - 1988) it was headed by the outstanding Russian conductor E.A. Mravinsky. Since 1988 Yuri Temirkanov, one of the world's leading conductors, has been Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Orchestra.

The Grand Hall's total capacity is 1500 seats.

98 m