The Museum of Political History is housed in the mansion of Kshesinskaya, who was a famous ballet dancer and Tsar Nicholas II's lover.
Theatre or Ballet Performance
Theatre or Ballet Performance, Russia
St Petersburg is the home of ballet - the dance was first developed here from the 18th century onwards, with all of the most famous ballets being premiered here. As well as ballet, the city has a thriving musical scene, with many fine orchestras and performers. We can arrange tickets and transfers to and from your hotel to the performance of your choice.
The playbill for St Petersburg's theatres is not released until around six weeks before performances. Therefore if you can be flexible over what date you attend a performance, and which theatre you go to, this will give you the maximum choice.
A few of the more famous theatres are: The Mariinsky Theatre is one of St Petersburg's, if not the world's, great cultural landmarks.
The home of the Kirov Ballet, whom many now consider to be the world's most accomplished company, the Mariinsky stands with its Moscow twin, the Bolshoi Theatre, as one of the world's great 'homes' of the art.
The Mussorgsky Theatre, located just off Nevsky Prospekt performs more contemporary works and is of a very good standard.
The Hermitage Theatre is in the Winter Palace, and was built on the orders of Catherine the Great. It is a small and beautiful venue.
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Other experiences in St Petersburg
These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the local ways of life.
Visit the sumptuous Tsars' Village, which was the summer residence of the Russian Emperors. Tsars' Village is a unique ensemble, comprising a number of palaces, pavilions, and the dwellings of lesser nobles and servants, in harmony with lakes and landscaped gardens.
The city tour takes you to the main streets and squares of the city - names that stir the Russian heart - Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square, the Bronze Horseman, the Fontanka Embankment, the Neva River, and Vassilevsky Island.