Private Tour of Yusupov Palace and State Russian Museum in St Petersburg

Private Tour of Yusupov Palace and State Russian Museum in St Petersburg
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$82.8
Duration: 4 hours
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Description

Take a throwback to the past at the exhibitions and lavish interiors of the Yusupov Palace was once a residence of the immensely wealthy Yusupov family.  Appreciate gold leaf and painted ceilings, see crystal chandeliers and tables inlaid with semi-precious stones and more more outstanding artifacts. Later visit State Russian Museum to explore the permanent exhibition of masterpieces, tracing the entire history of Russian art from the tenth to the twentieth centuries.

This tour will begin in the lobby of your hotel, from where your private guide will take you to the Hermitage Museum by car.  

Built around 1770 by the French architect Jean-Baptiste Vallin de la Mothe, the  Yusupov Palace would be worked on as well, by many other well-known architects over the years, creating a mix of architectural styles. The extraordinary wealth of the Yusupovs garnered them four palaces in St. Petersburg, but they preferred this location to the others.  More than 40,000 works of art – including works by Rembrandt – jewellery, and sculptures are kept here. Particularly inspirational are the exquisite patterns decorating the Moorish Room with delicate columns, golden gates, and bold colors. But perhaps Rasputin’s ghost gives this palace its character, as the murder of the infamous political figure happened here in 1916.

Opened in 1898, the State Russian Museum contains everything from priceless religious icons to works by avant-garde artists. The museum collection embraces all forms, genres, schools and movements of art. Many pieces are exquisite gifts presented to czars and represent Russia’s many ethnicities.  Among the first displays of the collection were famous paintings. They included "The Ninth Wave" by Romantic painter Ivan Aivazovsky and "The Last Day of Pompeii" by Karl Bryullov.  After the Russian Museum created a section for new artistic trends in 1926 the museum began collecting contemporary artworks, from Symbolism to the Russian avant-garde. Besides Malevich and Filonov, the contemporary section includes masterpieces by well-known artists such as Kandinsky and Chagall, as well as acclaimed figures such as painter Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin. The Russian Museum continues to acquire new pieces, with its collection today numbering more than 400,000 works.

10:00 Meeting in your hotel (another meeting time is available upon request). Transfer to the museum by car.  
10:20 -12:00 Tour inside the Yusupov Palace
12:10 -12:40 Walk to the Russian Museum  
13:00 -15:00 Canals & river cruise on a public boat

Take a throwback to the past at the exhibitions and lavish interiors of the Yusupov Palace was once a residence of the immensely wealthy Yusupov family.  Appreciate gold leaf and painted ceilings, see crystal chandeliers and tables inlaid with semi-precious stones and more more outstanding artifacts. Later visit State Russian Museum to explore the permanent exhibition of masterpieces, tracing the entire history of Russian art from the tenth to the twentieth centuries.