Street Art Museum

Russia’s first, and, so far, only museum of street art has found itself a very fitting venue: a vacant facility of an operational laminated plastics factory. Founded in 2012 to document the history of street art, an ephemeral art form by nature, the museum has been well-received by both art critics and the general audience; even the factory staff, it is said, have grown fond of their new neighbors and sometimes help out artists with their work.

Where: Shosse Revolyutsii, 84 AB
Tickets: Entrance fee is 150 rubles per visitor during the summer season (starts May 17).
1-hour tours of the permanent exhibit in English are held every Saturday at 12 PM; write to info@streetartmuseum.ru to sign up.
Sat - Sun, 12 PM to 8 PM (winter schedule).

Erarta Museum

‘Model of Bipolar Activity’ by Dmitry Kawarga, 2008-2009. From the collection of Erarta Museum. Credit: erarta.com
‘Model of Bipolar Activity’ by Dmitry Kawarga, 2008-2009. From the collection of Erarta Museum. Credit: erarta.com

With over 2,800 contemporary art pieces by more than 300 artists in its collection, Erarta is one of Russia’s biggest modern art museums. Its extensive selection of works created between mid-20th century and today provides a unique insight into the Russian psyche. In addition to its permanent collection, Erarta hosts a number of temporary exhibitions on a wide range of topics: from fashion and industrial design to experimental digital and technological art from all over the world.

Where: 29th line of Vasilievsky Island, 2

Tickets: 550+ rubles per visitor, 1-2 year membership tickets are also available.
10 AM to 10 PM, every day except Tuesday

Diaghilev Museum of Contemporary Art

‘Ice Skater’ by Anatoly Belkin, 1990. From the collection of the Diaghilev Museum Credit: diaghilevmuseum.ru
‘Ice Skater’ by Anatoly Belkin, 1990. From the collection of the Diaghilev Museum Credit: diaghilevmuseum.ru

Named after the famed Russian impresario whose Ballets Russes ushered in a new era of early 20th-century art, the Diaghilev Museum of Contemporary Art was founded by staff of St. Petersburg State University’s Faculty of Arts and houses a collection of sculptures, paintings, posters, and graphics by various Russian artists of the 20th century in addition to a large number of exhibitions by well-known and emerging artists.

Where: Leytenandta Shmidta Emb., 11
Mon - Fri, 1 PM to 6 PM.

Museum of 20th and 21st Century St. Petersburg Art

Museum of 20th and 21st Century St. Petersburg Art. Credit: vk.com/museumxx_xxi
Museum of 20th and 21st Century St. Petersburg Art. Credit: vk.com/museumxx_xxi

The museum’s permanent exhibition is a journey through a very turbulent century of St. Petersburg’s history: from 1920 avant-garde art, post-war social realism and underground art of the ‘60s to the experimental art of perestroika and post-perestroika days and works by the city’s present-day artists. Other events, such as lectures, workshops, film screenings, plays, and art festivals, are held regularly.

Where: Griboedova Canal Emb. 103
Tickets: 150 rubles for adults, 50 rubles for students
Tue - Sun, 12 PM to 8 PM.

Sergey Kuryokhin Modern Art Center

‘Uman’ by Leonid Tishkov, 2016. Credit: kuryokhin.net
‘Uman’ by Leonid Tishkov, 2016. Credit: kuryokhin.net

Staying true to its namesake’s spirit of experimental art, even the demolition of the Kuryokhin Art Center’s old building became an art performance. Currently housed in a temporary exhibition space, it offers a fascinating look into contemporary Russian art as well as the history of late-Soviet and ‘90s Russian counterculture.

Where: Ligovsky Prospekt 73, 4th floor
Tickets: 150 rubles for adults, 100 rubles for students
Mon - Sat, 1 PM to 10 PM.

Anna Nova Art Gallery

‘Lotophagie’ by Aljoscha, 2016. Credit: annanova-gallery.ru
‘Lotophagie’ by Aljoscha, 2016. Credit: annanova-gallery.ru

Established in 2005, the Anna Nova is perhaps St. Petersburg's most well-known modern art gallery that exhibits a diverse range of art forms, including paintings, sculpture, installations, video and media art, and performances. Its event schedule includes conferences, lectures, and educational programs aimed at promoting a better public understanding of modern art.

Where: Zhukovskogo St., 28
Entrance is free.
Tue - Sat, 12 PM to 7 PM

To find out about more of St. Petersburg’s numerous art galleries, check out the Culture Trip project’s list of the best contemporary art galleries in St. Petersburg.

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