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Historical and Memorial Museum Smolny

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Where it all began!

Smolny Institute, a school for girls, the first in Russia, was founded by Catherine the Great, and... read more

Reviewed 12 May 2018
Arles-sur-Tech, France
A must for for history buffs

This building has two museums: Lenin's office and living quarters, and a boarding school for young... read more

Reviewed 8 September 2017
Mike Z
Boca Raton
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Russia's first boarding school for noble young ladies, the Smolny Institute was the headquarters of the first Soviet government in 1917. Today it is the seat of the City Government. It also houses Lenin Memorial Museum.
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Smolnogo, 1, St. Petersburg 191060, Russia
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Reviewed 12 May 2018

Smolny Institute, a school for girls, the first in Russia, was founded by Catherine the Great, and, more importantly, later became the headquarters of Russia's Bolshevik Party in the period immediately before and after the October Revolution. It is now the seat of the St....More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank opera_fanatic47
Reviewed 8 September 2017

This building has two museums: Lenin's office and living quarters, and a boarding school for young girls of noble families founded by Catherine the Great - which is what the building was built for. The other parts of the building are used by the governor...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Mike Z
Reviewed 7 September 2017

This beautiful building was originally a boarding school for young girls of noble families founded by Catherine the Great . The girls were schooled to become accomplished and well educated young ladies . When the 1917 revolution took place in Russia the building became the...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Mark Benjamin L
Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

Need to arrange the visit IN ADVANCE AND MIN COST IS 150$ No matter if you are a 1 person or 25 persons

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank nehama b
Reviewed 14 February 2017

The Historical and Memorial Museum Smolny, simply referred to as the Smolny Institute, was a former girl’s school. We had a private tour of the museum, including Lenin's office and living quarters (we booked the tour primarily to see Lenin's office) and assembly hall. Following...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank denver60
Reviewed 13 December 2016

In our exploring of the different parts of St Petersburg we certainly didn't intend to get out of mind to visit and make some acquaintance with this very important museum. This Historical and Memorial Museum Smolny or simply as it is called among the natives...More

Date of experience: March 2016
1  Thank Oleg Y
Reviewed 9 October 2014

This trip was a stop that is part of our SPB-Tours Grand Historical Tour. I am extremely glad that this was part of our tour. A very unique experience! Lenin! History! Being in that room where Lenin used to hold office and imagining what could...More

Date of experience: July 2014
2  Thank rrkkjones
Reviewed 5 September 2014

Our tour guide, Gennadiy Chentsov, included this stop as part of our private tour package. I was skeptical as I had not heard of this place however it turned out to be our favorite attraction. Gennadiy has special access and was able to guide us...More

Date of experience: August 2014
4  Thank BHR2014
Reviewed 18 February 2013

The highlight of our 3 day visit to St Petersburg was our visit to the Smolny Institute. We arranged a tour through Victor at Stpetersburg.com. He acted as translater as there was just the two of us plus Russian guide and him (oh and policeman...More

Date of experience: February 2013
7  Thank Wellred100
Reviewed 6 November 2012

A former school for young girls from noble families created by Empress Elizabeth and later expanded by Catherine the Great, this building was later taken over by Leon Trotsky during the Bolshevik Revolution. In 1917 the impressive Neo-classical school building with its massive hallways and...More

Date of experience: June 2012
7  Thank Kelleygirl2
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