The State Museum of Theatre and Music
Saint-Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music is a multifunctional scientific, cultural and educational complex devoted to the history of the Russian theatre from its foundation to the present days.
The history of the Museum counts over one hundred years, its holdings and collections contain over 500,000 invaluable items, including the biggest collection of musical instruments in Russia, paintings and graphic works by Iliya Repin, Kazimir Malevich. The collection also contains Anna Pavlova’s and Fyodor Chaliapin’s costumes, as well as the autographs of Leo Tolstoy, Alexander Blok, Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov, Dmitriy Shostakovich and other rare items related to the most distinguished figures of Russian culture of the 18th - 21th centuries. The gems of our collection are the works of theatre design donated to the Museum by Nina and Nikita Lobanov-Rostovsky in 2013.
The Museum complex includes 5 separate museums located in historical buildings of St. Petersburg. The Theatre Museum is housed in the former building of the Imperial Theatres Directorate (architect Carlo Rossi). Its permanent exhibitions are dedicated to the history of Russian and world theatre. The Sheremetev Palace – Museum of Music, accommodated in a splendid palace of the 18th century, gives you the impression what life might have been like for the Sheremetevs family. The biggest collection of musical instruments in Russia is displayed in the Palace as well. Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov Memorial Museum is a unique memorial museum of the great composer with the authentic interiors of the 19th century. Fyodor Chaliapin House Museum is not only the museum of the outstanding Russian singer and actor, but it also houses the immense collection of the Museum’s Open funds.