Menshikov Palace

  Universitetskaya nab. 15 ,   Vasilievsky Island          (+7) 812 323 11 12     more than a year ago
The Menshikov Palace on Vasilyevsky Island was one of the very first buildings in St. Petersburg. The palace was founded in 1710 as a residence of St. Petersburg Governor General Alexander Menshikov. Many western European architects and craftsmen were involved in the project, including Francesco Fontana, Johann Gottfried Schädel, Domenico Trezzini, Carlo Bartolomeo Rastrelli, Georg Johann Mattarnovy and Jean-Baptiste Leblond.

It was opened in 1711, but the construction continued until 1727, when Menshikov with his family was exiled to Siberia and his property was confiscated. In 1731, Cadet Corps were established and occupied the palace and neighboring buildings. At the end of the 19th century the Menshikov Palace was restored and became the Museum of the Corps.

The palace is an outstanding example of Petrine Baroque architecture, with characteristic symmetry and simplicity of dimensions, high gabled roofs, two-toned facades and small glass windows. The exterior walls are decorated with pillars and on the top of the risalits of the central building there are gables with enormous regal crowns. The grand entrance takes the form of a stone portal, accentuated by a portico above which a balcony is set. It's now a branch of the Hermitage and the beautifully decorated rooms display early 18th century art, as well as some of Peter's work-tools.



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Open 10:30 - 18:00, Wed, Fri 10:30 - 21:00. Closed Mon.

Price/Additional Info

Admission 300 Rbl. 700Rbl. — price for all-in ticket for visiting the Main Museum Complex, The General Staff Building, Winter Palace of Peter the Great, Menshikov Palace, The Museum of the Imperial Porcelain Factory. Entry ticket allows single visit to the Main Museum Complex and the branches during the day of its purchase. Please keep your tickets with you until the end of your visit.

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