Unguided tour: 5 unconventional museum activities in St Petersburg

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Did you miss the Night at the Museum? No worries, here is a list of 5 museums where the unconventional fun begins after the break of dawn. From creating your own street art to dressing up for a ballroom dance

Often described as the museum city (Gorod Muzei), St Petersburg is home to more than 100 museums ranging from the Hermitage to small galleries like the Museum of Illusions. However, discovering fine objects, looking at famous paintings, and learning history are not the only things on offer. Here are the top 5 unconventional activities you can do at St Petersburg’s museums.

Create your own street art

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The Street Art Museum, situated at the functioning Laminated Plastics factory, provides one of its shops to… practically anyone who feels like an artist. Apply for making a graffiti here

Street Art Museum
Where: 84, Shosse Revolyutsii (entrance from Umanskiy pereulok), St Petersburg , 195248
When: Thursday—Sunday, from noon to 10 pm

Get behind the wheel of a legendary American car

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American classics can be seen on screen, on the road, or at the Route 66 Museum – a place where you feel like you are in an action scene from your favourite Hollywood film. Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and Indiana Jones will be waiting for you there too.

Museum Route 66
Where: 2, Konyushennaya square, St Petersburg,  191186
When: Monday—Friday, from noon to 9 pm; Saturday—Sunday and state holidays, 11 am—9 pm
Price: 400 roubles
Learn what being “the nose” means

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In the French tradition, perfumers are simply called “noses.” Try it out yourself at the Perfume Museum! A lecture on fragrances will be followed by a tea party in an atmospheric interior. Small bottles of your own perfume will stay as nice souvenirs afterwards.

Perfume Museum
Where: 48, 1 Line of Vasilievsky Island, St Petersburg, 199004
When: arrange your visit in advance
Price: 2,000 roubles for each visitor in a group
Go to the ball

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Next Saturday is a great reason to dress up. Elagin Palace is throwing another party for those who prefer classical ballroom dances to modern genres. 

Costume ball in Elagin Palace
Where: 4, Elagin Island, St Petersburg,  197110
When: the next event will take place on 27 May 2017 . Check out the details here
Price: 1,500 roubles (costume rent included)

Taste the exhibits, literally

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While attending the theatre begins at the cloakroom, a visit to the museum should definitely end at the buffet. Check out Erarta Café, which added special delicacies to their menu to celebrate “Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear” exhibition coming from the Victoria and Albert Museum. Afterwards, you will have every right to say that you’ve got taste in fashion. Check out the details of the event here

Erarta Café
Where: 2, 29 Line of Vasilievsky Island, St Petersburg,  199106
When: until 30 July; Monday, Wednesday—Sunday, 10 am—10 pm
Price: 3,500 roubles for a set of 7 dishes and a ticket to the exhibition


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