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the stroganov palace
a small ARISTOCRATIC palace
with stunning interiors

The Stroganov Palace is one of the oldest and finest of the aristocratic palaces in St. Petersburg.

Located in the heart of the city, The Stroganov Palace is a stunning Baroque building not very popular among tourists where a wealthy Russian business family lived during the reign of Empress Elizabeth.

The construction of the Palace started in 1752 and was efficiently completed in 1754. The building was built by the Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli, which he managed to create one of the most prominent masterpieces of late Baroque in the whole city of Saint Petersburg.

To date, the palace exterior remains unaltered by time, as does its standing as a foremost residence of nobility in one of St. Petersburg's prime locations – the corner of the famous Nevsky Prospekt and the Moika River. 

During the 1790's Alexander hired Andrey Voronihkin, architect of the Kazan Cathedral, to remodel the palace interior in neoclassical style using generous amounts of marble and gold which evidences the level of aesthetic taste and wealth of the family.

His position as President of the Academy of Arts and Director of the Imperial Public Library made him an esteemed administrator, and as nobles, the Stroganov's became important political figures, educated art connoisseurs, and collector's of fine art socializing with the most celebrated artists, writers and musicians of the times.

Today, as part of the Russian State Museum, the palace has been restored to authentically reflect the  Stroganov family, with exhibits of Alexander's Mineral Library and Picture Gallery.

Within the quiet, uncrowded atmosphere, guests can also enjoy a royal dining experience at the 'Russian Empire' restaurant and perhaps, try the most popular item on the menu – Beef Stroganoff. This world famous dish was created by the Stroganov's private chef and the restaurant uses the original family recipe.

A scenic setting on the river, a quiet and relaxed atmosphere, a stroll through a magnificent palace, a classical concert and a famous dinner in royal style. A perfect way to spend a couple of hours enjoying the rich history of St. Petersburg's Russia.


Interested to visit the Palace? If so, click on the links below or scroll down the page to learn more.

more about the palace

The Stroganov Palace is not big in size if compared to the Russian Museum or the Hermitage Musuem, however, the palace will surely catch your eye right from the first minute you enter the first hall. The interiors are decorated magnificently according to the historical period of that time.

The rooms are decorated magnificently according to the historical period  The main room to see in the palace is the mineral study and the portrait gallery along with some temporary exhibitions.

The Palace now houses part of the collections of the State Russian Museum. In no particolar order a tour inside may take you through the following exhibits and rooms:

  • Eastern Enfilade of Staterooms;
  • Mineral Study (Count Alexander's library and collection of stones and minerals);
  • Picture Gallery (Count Alexander's art collection, including works by Rembrandt and Poussin);
  • Grand Dining Room;
  • Rastrelli Hall;

  • The Theater Room;
  • Special Exhibition by artist Salomon Yugovin (prints and drawings that bear witness to the suffering of the people during the Siege of Leningrad. This might have been a temporary exhibit);
  • The Russian Empire Restaurant (On site restaurant in magnificent rooms where you can dine like royalty. The menu includes the original recipe for Beef Stroganoff created by the Stroganov's private chef);

  • First Floor Gift Shop;
  • Wax Museum via the Courtyard;

  • Chocolate Shop via the Courtyard.

interesting facts

The history of the Stroganov's can be traced back to the 15th century when the family was the wealthiest and most successful merchants, landowners and statesmen in the land. Influential from the times of Ivan the Terrible, their rise to the height of Russian aristocracy was firmly established when Peter the Great ennobled them in gratitude for financially aiding his armies in the Great Northern War.

During Empress Elizabeth's reign, the Stroganov's achieved national recognition through Baron Sergey Griogoryevich Stroganov and his son Count Alexander Sergeevich Stroganov.

Following the 1917 Revolution, the palace was nationalized as the Museum of Aristocratic Life and closed in 1929 by the Soviet government. Exhibits were transferred to The Hermitage or sold abroad and the palace became a ship-building research facility and botanical institute.

where to buy tickets

You can purchase tickets for the Stroganov Palace on the spot from the big gift shop on the ground floor. There you can also buy souvenirs, if you want. Please note that as the Palace is now a branch of the Russian Museum, the entrance ticket to the Palace is included if you buy the combo ticket at the Russian museum.

how to get there

You can reach the Stroganov Palace on foot, if you are staying along the famous Nevsky Prospekt as the building is located right on a corner where one of the canals meets Nevsky Prospekt. Otherwise, you can take the Bus: No. 3, No. 22, No. 27, No. 49 and K212 or the Trolleybus: No. 5 and No. 22.

practical information

Address: 17, Nevsky Prospekt

Metro: Nevsky Prospekt or Admiralteyskaya

Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday open from 10:00 to 18:00, Thursday open from 13:00 to 21:00 

Closed: Tuesday. The museum is Closed on December 31 and January 1.

Admission: 200 - 400 Rubles. Ticket to two branches of the museum 350 - 750 Rubles. All-in ticket to Mikhailovsky Palace, Marble Palace, Stroganov Palace, Mikhailovsky Castle within 3 days 500 - 1,000 Rubles.

Photo & Video: Allowed

Telephone: +7 812 571-82-38

Website: www.rusmuseum.ru/

tips & recommendations

  • A visit to the Stroganov Palace is worth an hour of your time if you have the combo ticket for the Russian Museum. The building is small but very interesting to see. Among all the rooms, the most interesting is the Mineral Study where you can admire a unique collection of precious stones and minerals.
  • Please note that in the courtyard of the Palace you can find the opulent Russian Empire restaurant. There you can taste the Beef Stroganoff and dine like Royalty. Recommended for an after ballet!
  • Not a lot of furnishings, but still impressive and beautiful.  
  • Very quiet. Not over-crowded with tourists.
  • It takes about one hour to tour the palace.
  • They host weekly concerts.
  • The ground floor is a large gift shop.
  • At the entrance to the courtyard, there is a boutique chocolate shop called a chocolate museum. On the other side of the courtyard is a wax museum of Russian royalty in authentic likeness and grand costumes.

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