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Theatre Museum


6 Ostrovsky Sq., St. Petersburg
Phones: +7 (812) 318-22-25
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The items of Petersburg Theatre Legends exposition are displayed to give a grand tour of Russia’s history of theatre from the 18th to the 20th century: gorgeous costumes, made in Imperial Theatres’ workshops, portraits of great Russian theatre actors, pointes of famous ballerinas, models and scenery and costume designs by outstanding artists Alexandre Benois, Léon Bakst, Alexander Golovin, Konstantin Malevich and many other items.

Ballet Class interactive multimedia exhibition, where one can exercise at a real ballet bar under virtual direction of prominent Russian ballet stars of the past and the present days: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Nikolay Tsiskaridze or Diana Vishnyova. By this installation, we are aiming to offer an insight into Petersburg ballet school and, specifically, into the legacy of Marius Petipa, one of the greatest ballet masters and choreographers in ballet history, who staged over 60 theatre productions in Petersburg.

Interactive exposition "Magic World of Theatre", focused on the world’s theatre history, would be of particular interest both for children and adults. Superb theatre models explain the arrangement of antique theatre, European medieval performances, Shakespeare’s The Globe Theatre and The Drottningholm Palace Theatre.

Various exhibitions, performances, concerts and other kinds of cultural events are frequently held in Theatre Museum, every lover of art and culture would find something corresponding to his or her interests and taste.


Theatre museum, one of the oldest St. Petersburg museums, is located in the former building of Directorate of Imperial Theatres built by the great architect Carlo Rossi. The basis of the museum’s collection was made up of private collections of theatre actors Maria Savina and Ivan Gorbunov, dramatist Viktor Protopopov, art patron and collector Levky Zheverzheyev (who became later the museum’s first deputy director). Theatre museum was opened for the public on May 16, 1921 and since then, it’s been one of the city’s main cultural hubs. Now, Theatre Museum houses several permanent exhibitions, its collection is filled with treasures that tell the story of Russian theatre from pagan times all the way to the 20th century.