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Menshhikov's Palace Museum

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Address: Universitetskaia Emb., 15, St. Petersburg 199034, Russia
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A vision in yellow, this majestic palace - now housing Russian cultural...

A vision in yellow, this majestic palace - now housing Russian cultural artifacts - once belonged to Alexander Menshikov, ruler of Russia for two years until accused of treason and exiled to Siberia.

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On the 10th of September Vassilievsky island celebrated its birthday, so the entrance to some museums on the island was free of charge, including the Menshikov Palace. How... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 September 2016
Natalia L
St. Petersburg, Russia
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

On the 10th of September Vassilievsky island celebrated its birthday, so the entrance to some museums on the island was free of charge, including the Menshikov Palace. How wonderful is the museum! The interior is related to the 18th century and reflects the fashion of that time. The views over the windows are especially beautiful. Sincerely recommended.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Maybe I was lucky, but there were very few visitors when I was there. Really fantastic to stroll around this palace, it gives you a very good idea of how a nobleman lived then. So many Dutch artefacts as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

It was built for a childhood friend of Peter the Great, his supporter and later the first governor, Aleksander Menshikov (not of noble origin but promoted to Duke by the Tzar). Being the first stone residential building in the city and a magnificent structure featuring a rare mix of Baroque style with traditional Russian architecture, the palace was often used... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

I liked this little museum. It is not much compared to the Hermitage, but is historically interesting. The building is the first stone building in St. Petersburg. If you have extra time and it's near where you are staying, I would recommend it. I would not forgo one of the other museums in order to see this museum. It's like... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

It was an interesting place and we saw a lot of typical Russian taste from the time. The tour guide's English was not especially idiomatic and it was a bit off-putting. I think the problem was that Menshikov was such an unattractive personality I couldn't be doing with him and his conspicuous consumption!.

Thank Borderer12
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

Fascinating example of how the nobility lived at the beginning of the 18th C. Don't expect the splendours of the palaces of the tsars, don't expect major works of art but expect to see how a very rich general lived at the time, pots, pans and very valuable knickknacks included. The recreation of the interiors is just outstanding. Here again... More 

Thank FrederickWentworth
Khimki, Russia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016

It really is it - Menshikov was the first city governor and lived here. In his times it was one of the most luxurious buildings in the newly founded town, but after his exile it was not a dwelling any more. So many of the original splendor is destroyed, but restored parts shows a unique early 18th century interiors, furniture,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2015

Of course after watching the Winter Palace, Menshikov Palace may not impress, but everything is relative: if it was in a provincial town, this would be the main attraction. There are here many reasons of interest, which can be summarized in one: the light that the building spreads on the figure of his owner, and indirectly on St. Petersburg at... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2015

We enjoyed walking around this impressive mansion and learning about Menshhikov and his family and how they lived. The provision of laminated well-written information sheets in English in every room added greatly to the positive experience. However, our visit was very nearly cut short before it began because of a grumpy woman on security. She was stationed just beyond the... More 

Thank Nigella O
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2015

I really like and appreciate some famous and well-known museums of Petersburg, but now I feel like I must to tell about Menshhikov's Palace Museum. It's not so big and pompous - just 2 floors with about 10 rooms, but very nice. This palace belonged to famous Russian aristocratic Menshhikov family. It was built in 1710 and then expanded in... More 

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