Museum of Political History of Russia

Museum of Political History: about politic and not only

the elegant Art Nouveau mansion of Political History Museum in Saint Petersburg

Is a museum of political history could be worth to visit? What can be interesting about the political history of Russia? Probably, you heard about the Russian Revolution, Stalin’s terror, maybe Khrushchev’s thaw? History of any country gives us a better understanding of human society and lifestyles of ordinary people. And Russia is no exception. Museum of Political History of Saint Petersburg is a very curious place. First, it is the successor to the Revolution Museum. For many years it was a place of “cultural and political education” of the Soviet people. But if you are lucky enough to visit Petersburg and this museum, then you will be surprised at the dissonance between the traditional concept of the “Soviet” and the elegant Art Nouveau mansion, where it is located. The solution lies in the history of this place

Museum history

The Museum of Political History is housed in two historic buildings: the mansions of a prima ballerina at the Mariinsky theatre Matilda​ Kshesinskaya, and baron Brandt. Matilda had Polish origin and danced in St.Petersburg  ballet. However, most of all she was famous for her relationship with the imperial family. But rather with the last emperor and grand dukes. If you are interested in the stories of relations between Russian emperors and their favorites then you should look up our excursions on our website FreeTour Russia Saint Petersburg

In 1917 the building was occupied by the Bolsheviks and became their headquarters in the city. After arriving in the city, Lenin delivered a historic speech on one of the balconies. By the way, we have a great tour about revolutionary events, check it out here.

In the early 1990s, the museum exposition was radically reworked to present the most complete history of the Soviet Union.

What to see in the Museum of Political History

Today Political History Museum is a very modern exhibition gallery full of technology: touch screens, projections, sounds, voices. Picking up the phone, you will hear the voice of Stalin. Moreover, the museum collection covers periods of time from Catherine the Great to Mikhail Gorbachev. The exhibits of the museum number almost 500,000. In fact, it is so big that has two guided routes. The highlight could be Lenin’s study. It stays without any change since Soviet time.

Political history museum location


Address: Kuibyshev Street, house 2-4.

Subway station: Gorkovskaya.

Hours: every day from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. except Thursdays.

Price: adults – 250 rubles, children (under 18 years old) – free

Closed for visitors on Thursday and the last Monday of every month.

Closed on the 1st, 2nd, 7th of January and 1st of May.

If you would like to know more about the history of Russia, please visit our webpage here.