Yusupov Palace on Moika, St. Petersburg

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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Formerly the official residence of an immensely wealthy family of art collectors and philanthropists, the stately Yusupov Palace on Moika remains best known for its role in the murder of Rasputin, the infamous "Mad Monk of Russia." Prince Felix Yusupov, once the richest man in the country, poisoned and shot Rasputin in the palace basement, which you can visit as part of a guided tour. The sumptuous palace interiors feature a blend of different styles, integrating period furniture and lavish tapestries with golden chandeliers and elaborate wall paintings. After you explore the basement crime scene, go up to the second floor, which features an elegant ballroom and an ornate private theater. Arrange to visit Yusupov Palace on Moika and other attractions in St. Petersburg using our St. Petersburg vacation trip planner.
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  • We were with a guide who was able to tell the history of this family and the murder of Rasputin: we're really in the mood of the era and the mannequins in wax make almost living décor.
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  • Do not hesitate to take the extension of the cellar to see the reconstitution of the trap and the murder of Rasputin. A true family saga whose descendants have lived in Paris, Concarneau (Keriolet Castle) and now in Greece
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  • At the entrance of all worldwide meets the old man in the jacket. Instead of "Hello" in the ban. If you slow-please go outside, no matter what out there: snow, rain or wind. -Your ticket? -My ticket. You cannot be in the lobby just so: a guide waiting in the waiting room, no amateur. At the same time, administrators and hostesses pensioners too much per square meter. None of them can comfortably answer the question, all in a sort of hysteria. All impressions and anticipation disappear on the spot.
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  • A lovely palace with some beautifully decorated rooms, there is a very good audio guide available in multiple languages and unlike most audio guides this one doesn't drone on for too long or hinder your progress through the museum. The Yusupov palace was much quieter than some of the other palaces we visited which was a nice change as if you time it right you can avoid all the large cruise tour groups. Some areas were closed for refurbishment whilst we were there and the art gallery exhibit was still being finished however.
  • Beautiful palace whose construction started in 1770, for Tsarevna Praskovia Ivanovna, niece of Peter the Great, residence of prince Nikolai Yusupov and his descendants since 1830 till the Bolshevik revolution in 1917. Mostly known as the place where Rasputin was murdered. In the basement of the palace there are rooms with wax figures that recreate the scene of Rasputin's assassination. Beautiful rooms and some original artifacts. Most of it's contents are now in Hermitage museum. Most recommended.
  • This place is most commonly known as the place Rasputin was murdered. We went mid week during the day, there was no line. Although this palace does have quite a bit of replica art (the real pieces were brought over to the Hermitage) it still was a beautiful place. NOTE: at 6PM everyday the museum sells tickets to see the room in the basement where Rasputin was poisoned and perform a re enactment. We saw the pictures of the wax figures they had in photos and didn't feel it was worth coming back at 6PM
  • Expensive entry at 700 Rubles plus 150 for a camera, but it includes an audio guide in the price. Museum is fantastic, rooms rival the Hermitage in splendor, and also gives a sense of intimacy. Opens at 11:00. The gift shop also has some superb high-end stacking dolls.
  • Beautiful, great audio guide, a wonderful insight in to the life of the ultra privileged at the time. Good cafeteria also.
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