Free days for visiting museums
In St. Petersburg, more than 200 museums, and get acquainted with their collections on certain days can be without damage to the purse. Our selection will help you understand when and what museums you will get absolutely free.
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It is simply impossible to imagine the Northern Capital without this major cultural center. It is here, as a rule, the first thing tourists go. Tickets are quite expensive, but on May 18 and December 7 anyone can enter the museum for free. Also free admission is available every third Thursday of the month. However, now the action only applies to persons under 18 years old, students, cadets and large families. The same applies to all branches of the Hermitage.
The museum exists for three centuries. All this time its staff has collected important documents, objects and materials related to the history of the Russian or foreign fleet. Only the ships’ equipment alone can be seen here 13 000 pieces. Look at all these masterpieces (except the ship of military glory “Mikhail Kutuzov”) for free every third Thursday of the month. The action applies to large families, veterans of combat operations, civilian staff of the Defense Ministry, children under 18, and several other categories of citizens. You can find more info about the list on the museum’s website.
Museum of the History of Religion 6+
The museum illustrating the history of origin and development of various religions can be visited for free every first Monday of the month from 10:00 to 18:00.
Ethnographic Museum 0+
See the unique exhibits of the Ethnographic Museum, which preserves the amazing stories of entire nations and national colors, some visitors can see for free. In addition to privileged categories, free adolescents under 18 years and large families on the first Sunday of each month, students of Russian universities and cadets of higher and secondary military schools – on the first Thursday of the month.
Museum of the Arctic and Antarctic 0+
Free entrance to the museum, dedicated to the scientific research of the Arctic and Antarctic, on the first Thursday of the month can be granted to persons under 18 years old, students, veterans and participants of the Great Patriotic War, as well as Russian museum workers and members of large families. A complete list of privileged categories is provided on the museum website. You can also specify the possibility of a free visit in the museum’s ticket office.
Alexander Suvorov Museum
The museum tells about the life of an amazing man who had a global impact on the history of the country. On the third Thursday of the month free admission is available for students and visitors under 18 years old. Cadets of military educational institutions, museum workers, veterans of war and military operations, young prisoners of camps and other privileged persons are entitled to free entrance to the museum on any day.
Zoological Museum 0+
Admission will be free every third Thursday of the month for large families, as well as children under 18 and students. In the museum you can find more than 30,000 exhibits, among which there are a wide variety of animal species. The museum has a rich scientific fund, has its own laboratories and even biostations.
Icebreaker-Museum “Krasin” 0+
Children under three years old, Heroes of Russia, Heroes of the Soviet Union, Commanders of the Order of Glory, inhabitants of besieged Leningrad, conscripts, combatants, liquidators of emergencies, as well as employees of the museum enjoy free admission in this museum. On the first Wednesday of each month free admission is available for large families, citizens under 16 years, disabled first and second group, the participants of the Great Patriotic War and combat operations.
Central Museum of Soil Science named after Vasily Dokuchaev
If you believe the heroine of the novel Gone with the Wind, Scarlett O’Hara, nothing is more important than the earth. The museum has collected various types of soil from all over the world! In addition, this is where you can get closer to unraveling the mysteries of our planet’s history. The site is open for free visits every last Tuesday of the month from 10:00 to 17:00.
Museum-apartment of Alexander Pushkin on the Moika 0+
Days when visitors can go to the famous museum for free do not happen every month. However, every year on February 10, May 18, and June 6 – on important dates for the poet’s admirers and the museum itself – the doors are open to all. Privileged visitors are entitled to free admission and guided tours on any day.
Russian Museum 0+
On the 18th of each month the guests under 18 years old and those studying on the main professional educational programs can visit any branch of the Russian Museum. Privileged citizens (including art students) can visit the museum for free at any time.
Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad
Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad includes both the Land and Memorial Halls. The ground floor is open daily for free visits, but the Memorial Hall can be visited for free on important dates for our country – January 27, February 23 and May 9.
Matyushin House 0+
A visit to the Museum of St. Petersburg vanguard (aka Mikhail Matyushin House) is best scheduled for the third Thursday of the month. This day, persons under 18 years, large families, and students are allowed into the museum for free. On other days, free admission is guaranteed to other privileged categories: veterans of the Great Patriotic War, recipients of the insignia “Resident of besieged Leningrad”, museum staff, members of ICOM, and pre-schoolers.
Anna Akhmatova Museum at the Fountain House 0+
Free admission on the third Thursday of each month for those under 18. Free admission for students, preschoolers, the disabled, and other privileged categories applies daily.
Museum of Theatre and Music
Avid theater buffs should definitely visit this museum at least once. Admission is free for visitors under 18 years of age every third Thursday of the month. Privileged categories (Heroes of the USSR and Russia, full Cavaliers of the Order of Glory, children under seven years, orphans, as well as children from large families and museum staff) are free to enter the museum on any day. The same applies to all museum branches.
State Museum and Exhibition Center “Rosfoto” 6+
Beneficiaries (children under seven years of age, veterans, servicemen, and so on) can always get in this museum for free, but the rest of us should wait until the last Wednesday of the month: on this day everyone has the right to free admission.
Museum of Political History of Russia
Free access to the Museum of Political History of Russia is available on May 19 (International Museum Day), June 12 (Day of Russia) and the second Sunday in October, when the site celebrates its birthday. At other times, the right of free admission may be enjoyed by the privileged and the cardholders of the Northern Capital guests.
Submarine D-2 “Narodovolets” 0+
This unusual museum is always free to visit for pre-schoolers. For other privileged categories there is a special price that does not bite at all (from 100 to 300 rubles).
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Free Museums in St. Petersburg 2022
Living in St. Petersburg means immersing yourself in history, and coming to visit means falling in love with this magical city forever. The northern capital does not attract with its sunshine, but it does attract with its white nights, drawbridges, numerous museums and unique festivals.
The most spectacular events are:
- The “Scarlet Sails” graduation celebration (floating date – held in June, after the last exams have been taken);
- Opening of the fountains in Peterhof (last Saturday in April);
- Day of the Navy (the last Sunday in July).
In the cultural life of St. Petersburg is actively involved in other countries: the city often hosts international festivals and exhibitions – the latter are located precisely within the walls of the famous museums and galleries.
You can visit the museums of St. Petersburg endlessly – even the residents of the city are constantly discovering something new. The city continues to inspire and accumulate new talents and fascinate with its exhibitions and unique works of art.
For a walk around St. Petersburg to be not only informative, but also less expensive, we recommend exercising your right to free admission to the museum, which absolutely everyone has.
We tell you how and when to get into a particular museum in St. Petersburg for free.
Free admission to the museums of St. Petersburg 2022:
State Hermitage Museum.
For All: Free admission is available to all visitors on the third Thursday of each month and additionally on March 8, 2022, May 18, 2022, and December 7, 2022 (guided tours remain chargeable). The right of free admission applies to visits to the Main Museum Complex or to one of the separate sites (the General Staff, the Menshikov Palace, the Winter Palace of Peter the Great, the Museum of the Imperial Porcelain Factory, or the Restoration and Storage Center at Staraya Derevnya).
Benefits: privileged categories of citizens entitled to free admission to the Hermitage on any day of the week or month are pre-school and school age children, students (regardless of citizenship), families with many children and Russian pensioners, disabled children of the first and second groups, accompanied children, and visitors in other categories, the full list of which you can find on the museum website. Please note that the Hermitage is closed in 2022: on Mondays, January 1, 2022, and May 9, 2022.
St. Petersburg, Dvortsovaya naberezhnaya, 34 8(812) 710-90-79, 8(812) 710-96-25 www.hermitagemuseum.org instagram.com/hermitage_museum
State Russian Museum
On the 18th of each month free admission for persons under 18 years of age and those studying in basic vocational educational programs. Benefits: Free admission to the Museum is available to veterans and invalids of the Great Patriotic War, residents of besieged Leningrad, invalids of 1 and 2 groups, persons under 16 years old, families with many children, Heroes of the Soviet Union and Heroes of the Russian Federation, Full Cavaliers of the Order of Glory.
St. Petersburg, 4 Inzhenernaya St. 8(812) 595-42-48, 8(812) 314-83-68 www.rusmuseum.ru instagram.com/russian_museum
Museum-apartment of Alexander Pushkin
The museum welcomes visitors free of charge on the following days: – Pushkin Memorial Day, February 10; – International Monument Protection Day, April 18; – International Museum Day, May 18; – Pushkin Day in Russia, June 6.
St. Petersburg, 12 Moika River Embankment 8(812) 571-35-31 www.museumpushkin.ru www.instagram.com/museumpushkin
State Museum of the History of Religion
Every first Monday of the month – admission to the museum is free. The free ticket does not include guided tours.
St. Petersburg, Poshtamtskaya St., 14/5 8(812) 315-30-80 www.gmir.ru instagram.com/religionmuseum
The third Thursday of each month, the visit to the Museum of Porcelain is absolutely free for all categories of citizens.
St. Petersburg, 151 Obukhovskoy Oborony Prospect, 8(812) 326-46-20, 8(812) 571-84-46 www.ipm.ru/o_zavode/muzey www.instagram.com/porcelain_imperial
The A.V. Suvorov State Memorial Museum
Free entrance is provided to large families, students and persons under 18 years old (3rd Thursday of the month), veterans and participants of the Great Patriotic War, disabled people of I and II groups.
St. Petersburg, Kirochnaya ul. 43 8(812) 274-28-50 suvorovmuseum.ru www.instagram.com/suvorov.museum
Russian Museum of Ethnography
Free entrance at any day of the week is available for disabled persons of groups I and II, veterans of the Great Patriotic War, Heroes of the USSR and the Russian Federation, children under 16 years old, families with many children. People under 18 years old can enter the museum for free on the first Sunday of each month and cadets – every Thursday.
St. Petersburg, 4/1 Inzhenernaya St. 8(812) 570-54-21 ethnomuseum.ru vk.com/ethnomuseum
Derzhavin Museum-Estate of G.R.
The Derzhavin Museum-Estate will accept visitors free of charge: – On the International Day of Monument Protection on April 18; – On the International Day of Museums on May 18; – On the birthday of G.R. Derzhavin on July 3.
St. Petersburg, Fontanka River Embankment, 118 8(812) 713-07-17 www.museumpushkin.ru/vserossijskij_muzej_a._s._pushkina/muzej-usadba_g.r.derzhavina/muzej_g._r._derzhavina_i_russkoj_slovesnosti.html
The Pushkin Memorial Museum-Lyceum
The Memorial Museum-Lyceum accepts visitors free of charge: – On the International Monument Protection Day on April 18; – On the International Museum Day on May 18; – On the Pushkin Day in Russia on June 6; – On the Lyceum Anniversary Day on October 19.
Pushkin, Sadovaya ul. 2 8(812) 476-64-11 www.museumpushkin.ru/vserossijskij_muzej_a._s._pushkina/memorialnyj_muzej-licej.html
Pushkin Memorial Museum-Satellite to Pushkin
Pushkin Memorial Museum-Pedestal opens its doors for free: – On the International Monument Protection Day on April 18; – On the International Museum Day on May 18; – On the Pushkin Day in Russia on June 6;
Pushkin, Pushkinskaya St., 2/19 8 (812) 476-69-90 www.museumpushkin.ru/vserossijskij_muzej_a._s._pushkina/memorialnyj_muzej-dacha_a._s._pushkina.html
Museum-apartment of N.A. Nekrasov
The N. A. Nekrasov Memorial Museum-Apartment receives free visitors (except for made-to-order groups) on the following days: – International Monument Protection Day on April 18; – International Museum Day on May 18; – N. A. Nekrasov’s birthday on December 10.
St. Petersburg, Liteiny pr. 36 8(812) 272-01-65 www.museumpushkin.ru/vserossijskij_muzej_a._s._pushkina/muzej-kvartira_n.a.nekrasova.html
Free admission to the Icebreaker “Krasin” is available on the first Wednesday of the month for large families, disabled groups I and II, the participants of the Great Patriotic War, veterans of combat operations. Free admission on all days of the week is available only for children under 5 years old, Heroes of Russia and the USSR, holders of the Orders of Glory, residents of besieged Leningrad and conscripts.