The museum occupies a beautiful Art Nouveau mansion which once belonged to Mathilde Kschessinska, the prima ballerina at the Mariinsky Theatre who was in a relationship with several members of the Russian royal family, including the heir to the throne Nicholas II. Kschessinska lived there until the February revolution of 1917 when she had to leave Russia for good. The mansion became one of the revolutionary centres of Petrograd frequented by Lenin, Stalin, Zinoviev and the likes. Afterwards, the building was occupied by the newly established Museum of Revolution which was converted into the Museum of Political History in 1991.
The superb new exhibition covers Russian political history from Catherine the Great up to contemporary times with an emphasis on the Russian Revolution of 1917.
2-4 Kuybysheva St. (ул. Куйбышева, д. 2-4)
+7 812 233 70 52
Mon-Tue, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm (last admission at 5pm)
Wed, Fri 10am-8pm (last admission at 7pm)
Closed on Thursdays and on the last Monday of each month
Guided tours in English
Audioguides in English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian (250₽)