Mikhailovskiy Castle Historical Museum

Mikhailovskiy Castle Historical Museum, St. Petersburg: Hours, Address, Mikhailovskiy Castle Historical Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Mikhailovskiy Castle Historical Museum

Mikhailovskiy Castle Historical Museum
4.5
10:00 - 18:00
Monday
10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 18:00
Thursday
13:00 - 21:00
Friday
10:00 - 18:00
Saturday
10:00 - 18:00
Sunday
10:00 - 18:00
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Now a branch of the Russian Museum with portraits of Russian rulers on display, this castle built for Paul I has a fascinating and mysterious history, which includes Paul's assassination in his own bedroom.
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2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: Nevskiy
How to get there
  • Gostiny Dvor • 10 min walk
  • Nevsky Prospekt • 10 min walk
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Alexander_Kudrin
Samara, Russia9,009 contributions
Solo
One of the most interesting places in St. Petersburg.
The former imperial palace in the center of the city was commissioned by Emperor Paul I, as a castle on the water, symbolizing the castles of the Knights of Malta.
The castle has two names - Mikhailovsky or Engineering castle. This is the rare case when the palace was named not after the owner, but in honor of St. Michael.
Even an external examination gives an idea of ​​the scale of the building. Bridges thrown over artificial moats lead to the castle. In front of the castle there is a monument to Paul's great-grandfather - Peter the Great.
Definitely worth a visit!
Written 10 January 2022
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Becky G
Milwaukee, WI38 contributions
I almost didn't go, but am glad I did. It's close to the Russian Museum and Summer Garden. It also has it's own self-named garden that is free and leads to the Church on Spilled Blood. The castle museum is a nice palace with some impressive architectural details. There were some special exhibits on display. Otherwise it's mainly a portrait gallery, but included portraits of all kinds of people. Someone complained about the 450 ruble price, but that's really only about $7. Considering the cost of restoration and upkeep, plus the staff, that's a small price in my opinion.
Written 19 October 2019
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Karikakrake
Tallinn, Estonia419 contributions
Solo
Huge castle with a lovely courtyard 😊 also known as Engineer's Castle built for Paul the I. He was killed only 40 days after he moved into his newly built castle. In front of the castle is a monument of Peter the I on a horse (pay a close attention to the back leg of the horse if you are close to the monument). In the old days there was a protection ditch around the castle, but now it has been all filled in. You can see the outlines of the protection ditch by the bridge, which is no lo get over the water, but on solid ground 😁 inside the courtyard there is a sculpture of Paul the I. In the past in 19th century it housed Main Engineering School. At the moment it houses Russian Museum with Portrait Gallery. In the front facade looking down from the sides of the main archway to the ditch you can see little caving with sculptures inside. If you make a wish and tiss a coin to the soldier and it sticks eitjitr falling into the ditch, then the wish will come true ❤️
Written 12 July 2019
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niruDurbs
Durban, South Africa313 contributions
Family
A very stunning castle with beautiful paintings architecture and sculptors. Well worth a visit. Amazing to see how the Russians preserve their prized possessions. Can spend a good few hours here
Written 27 June 2019
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holsmanDoncaster
doncaster97 contributions
Couples
We went to the castle not quite knowing what to expect but im so glad that we went as a lover of paintings and history this was perfect to visit. The rooms in the castle have been restored back to how they were when tsar paul lived there. He had the castle built to keep him safe but was murdered here so the castle didnt help him.
Each room is full of portraits of Russian nobilty and royalty, the rooms are very grand with wonderful painted ceilings. At the beginning of the tour, the paintings are labelled in Russian and English but after the first few rooms on Russian is displayed which was a bit disapointing.
I loved going around the castle and there are some great views of the city from the windows and any one who is looking for a things to but the gift shop is great.
Written 23 May 2019
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AmandaOldRog
Bartlesville, OK402 contributions
Couples
We were on a boat tour and didn't stop to look inside, but were told this castle used to be a residence for royals. It is surrounded by water (two rivers and two canals). There is a large bronze statue of Peter the Great on horseback in front of the castle. The castle is now home to the Portrait Gallery of notables of Russian history from 17th-20th century. It sounds like it would be interesting to visit.
Written 3 September 2018
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dskid
Overland Park, KS2,546 contributions
Couples
We didn't go in but walked around the castle and into its courtyard. It is a very imposing structure and is set off from surrounding buildings so it appears even grander than it might otherwise. Interesting story about its construction and first occupant.

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Written 8 August 2018
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WW_Traveller023
Kirrawee, Australia1,774 contributions
Friends
Rainy Day, We only visited the outside of the Castle and was told some of its history - Emperor Paul I's fascination with medieval chivalry, mysticism, and all things military was the beginning of this building which apparently he helped design before he came to the throne. After his coronation, work was begun, it is unusual in that each of the 4 sides are in different styles.
Paul lived in his new home for only 40 days before he was assassinated in his bedroom on 12 March 1801. His son, Emperor Alexander I, immediately moved the Imperial family back to the Winter Palace.
Having seen more photos of the Castle and surroundings in fine weather, it will be on our list to explore more fully if we return to St. Petersburg.
Written 25 June 2018
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cigarclub2016
St. Petersburg, Russia181 contributions
Family
The true castle of 1800s. True piece of Russian History of Paul the 1.

For many years it was under various local organizations and a few years ago it became a department of Russian Museum of Art.

Nice exhibitions of modern artists are combined with Russian masters of 1800s.

Historical portraits of famous Russians are some special ones.

For those who like art and history ...and architecture.
Written 28 May 2018
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allanriley9
Mandurah, Australia776 contributions
Couples
\very imposing old building which stands out from the crowd by its castle styled architecture. Imposing frontage from the road but worth going into the courtyard from the rear access and seeing the wonderful statues and architechture.
Written 22 May 2018
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Mikhailovskiy Castle Historical Museum is open:
  • Wed - Wed 10:00 - 18:00
  • Thu - Thu 13:00 - 21:00
  • Fri - Mon 10:00 - 18:00


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