Program Review: Art and Museums in Russia

The Art and Museums Program was a highly fulfilling and engaging experience, combining guided museum tours with independent research. I would recommend this program to any student who is interested in Russian art, culture, and history, and who is not afraid to be a little adventurous. The program will have a lasting effect on my […]

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The State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg

The State Russian Museum holds the world’s largest collection of Russian art. The approximately 110,000 square feet of the museum’s primary exhibition space are structured to give the visitor a basic overview of how art has grown and developed specifically in Russia. Several auxiliary spaces are used to show everything from folk art to modern […]

The Faberge Museum in Saint Petersburg

The Faberge Museum, opened in 2013, is one of Saint Petersburg’s newest. Privately owned by Russian businessman Viktor Vekselberg’s The Link of Times Foundation, this museum displays lost art and artifacts that have been repatriated back to Russia thanks, in large part, to the tech tycoon’s wealth. One of the many tragedies stemming from Russia’s […]

Top 10 Bookstores in St Petersburg

St Petersburg has a prominent literary history and bears associations with Russian literary giants such as Pushkin, Gogol, and Dostoyevsky. It makes sense, then, that the city also is bursting at the seams with both hip and traditional bookstores. After spending a semester here as a literature major, here are some of my favourites! 1. […]

The Hermitage State Museum

The Hermitage is synonymous with St. Petersburg. One of the city’s best-recognized landmarks, the museum lies directly in the city center, with the city center’s radial roads pointing towards it; even someone lost in St. Petersburg has a good chance of finding themselves at the doorstep of this world-renowned art collection. The Hermitage can be […]

The Alexander Blok Apartment Museum

Alexander Blok’s former apartment is now part of a two-floor museum complex. Blok was one of Russia’s primer Silver Age poets, and his museum shows not only how he worked, but also gives some indication of the emotionally extreme but also socially well-connected life he led. The museum is located in the historic Kolomna district […]

The Literary Museum of the Institute of Russian Literature (The Pushkin House)

The Literary Museum of the Institute of Russian Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences is often just called “The Pushkin House” for short. It provides, essentially, an overview course on Russian canonical writers from the Golden Age through the end of Russia’s Silver Age. It achieves this by displaying original manuscripts and personal belongings […]

Alexander Nevsky Lavra Cemeteries

St. Petersburg abounds in museums, historic sites, and places that appear in Russian literature. At the Alexander Nevsky Monastery, there is one more unique way to experience history – by visiting the final resting place of some of the city’s greatest names. Located next to the monastery are four cemeteries – Lezarevskoe, Tikhvinskoe, Nikolskoe, and […]

Vladimir Sharov: Literature That Shines a Light on Dark History

Vladimir Sharov was a Russian writer who was deeply interested in the legacy of Russia’s Communist history. His nine novels focus on various aspects of this history: the communist schisms, Bolshevism, Stalin’s Terror, and the USSR’s collapse, and often mixes or juxtaposes ideas from Communism and religion. Russia’s Soviet history was deeply personal to Sharov, […]

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