1. The Museum of Political History of Russia
Get ready history lover, this place will make your heart beat faster.
The museum covers Russian politics in great detail, all the facts are backed by documents, photographs and other memorabilia.
The museum is well equipped with immersive technology, such as: touch screens, projections, sounds, original voice recordings, etc. For example, if you pick up the phone, you will hear Stalin's voice reaching out to you from the past!
Though the audio guide system is a little bit confusing, many foreign tourists consider this museum to be the most underestimated place in Saint Petersburg.
2. Peter and Paul’s Fortress and the Hare Island
It is here that our beautiful city was born in the beginning of the 18th century.
Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral houses the remains of all Russian Tsars starting from Peter the Great to Nicolas II – the last of the royal blood line.
In the Commandant's House you can learn about the ancient history of these lands as well as the daily life of the citizens in the 18th-19th centuries: city transport, commerce, banking business, typical cuisine, entertainment and city fashion.
You can also visit the main political prison of the Russian Empire. The first prisoner by the way, was the son of Peter the Great (the founder of Saint Petersburg).
3. The Cruiser Aurora Museum
Step aboard the famous Cruiser Aurora, the symbol of the October Revolution of 1917. The cruiser fired a blank shot that became a signal for revolutionaries to storm the Winter Palace. The cruiser is permanently moored in the center of Saint Petersburg, so you can easily visit this ship-museum.
4. Yusupov Palace
Take a tour of the Yusupov Palace. Here you will get the feel of how one of the most powerful and rich Russian families used to live. Walk through fascinating interiors and discover the mystery of Rasputin’s murder in the very place he was killed.
5. Museum of the Defense and Siege of Leningrad
This museum is dedicated to commemorating the heroic effort of Leningrad citizens that lived through one of the most terrifying sieges of the century (1941-1944).