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THE ST.PETERSBURG STATE MUSEUM OF THEATRE AND MUSIC

THE ST.PETERSBURG STATE MUSEUM OF THEATRE AND MUSIC. The museum was opened in 1918 in the former administrative offices of the Imperial Theatres. The building is part of an important architectural ensemble on Ostrovsky Square (formerly Alexandrinsky Square), designed by Carlo Rossi and built between the late 1820s and early 1830s. Today the collection numbers about 450,000 items dedicated to the 250-year history of the Russian theatre. It is rich in costumes, stage and costume designs, and models for stage sets from the Russian Theatres. Sergei Diaghilev's Russian opera and ballet seasons in Paris in 19081911 are represented through drawings and watercolours by Leon Bakst, Alexander Benois, and many others. Post-revolutionary works by avant-garde artists include rare set and costume designs by Kazimir Malevich, Vladimir Tatlin, and a recreation of an innovative stage set by Liubov Popova. The collection is further enriched by original prints, photographs, and some personal belongings of well-known actors, singers, and dancers, ranging from Anna Pavlova to Mikhail Baryshnikov. Labels in two languages are provided.

The museum has four branches:
The N.A.Rimsky-Korsakov Museum in his former home
Address: Zagorodny Prospekt, 28, tel (7 812) 113 32 08

The F.I.Shalyapin Museum in the last apartment the great singer occupied in St.Petersburg before leaving for the West
Address: Graftio Street, 2b, tel (7 812) 234 10 56

The Samoilov Family Museum (used for temporary exhibitions)
Address: Stremiannaya Street, 8 (inside the Sheraton-Nevsky Palace Hotel), tel (7 812) 164 11 30

The Museum of Music in the Sheremetev Palace which includes an extensive collection of musical instruments
Address: Fontanka Emb., 34, tel (7 812) 275 42 24

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