Museum of Political History

Museum of Political History information

St Petersburg , Russia
Street ul Kuybysheva 2-4
+7 812 233 7052
Getting there
metro Gorkovskaya
More information
adult/student R150/70
Opening hours
10am5pm Fri-Wed
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Lonely Planet review

Way more interesting than it sounds, the Museum of Political History occupies two elegant, connected Style Moderne palaces – one of them once belonged to Matilda Kshesinskaya, famous ballet dancer and one-time lover of Tsar Nicholas II. The Bolsheviks made it their headquarters and Lenin often gave speeches from the balcony. Although the main exhibit details Russian politics (with English captions) to the present day, you’ll also come across some of the best Soviet kitsch in town and incredibly rare satirical caricatures of Lenin published in magazines between the 1917 revolutions (the same drawings a few months later would have got the artist imprisoned, or worse).