Faberge museum in St Petersburg
Faberge museum is one of the newest museums in St Petersburg. It holds 14 large Faberge eggs, the majority of which used to belong to Russian royal family, today it is the largest collection of that type in the world. Besides that, you can see many other jewelry pieces made by Faberge company or by the contemporaries of Carl Faberge.
Location: Fontanka river embankment, 21 (Shuvalov palace)
Faberge museum schedule: daily from 10:00 to 21:00. Friday is a day off.
Ticket office: from 09:30 to 20:15
Group guided tours: usually there are 2 tours in English a day sometime between 10:00 and 18:00.
Independent visits are also possible.
Faberge museum is situated in the newly restored Shuvalov palace. Its history started in 2004 , when Russian businessman Viktor Vekselberg bought a collection of Faberge items from the heirs of Malcolm Forbes and founded the “Links of time” fund. The main mission of this fund is to return to Russia the objects of art that were lost during the Soviet period. In order to open this museum, Shuvalov palace was rented and restoration works there started. The museum opened to the public at the end of March 2014.
Visiting Faberge museum:
There are 3 ways to visit Faberge museum: join a group tour in English, order a private tour or visit independently.
Faberge museum started to sell tickets online .They have 1-2 tours in English every day except Friday, but the number of people in a group is limited to 15 or 18, so only very few tickets for English tours are available each day.
If you couldn’t join a scheduled English tour, you can buy tickets for an independent visit. You’ll be on your own without a guide, but it’s possible to rent an audioguide or take a brochure. In my opinion, it’s the most convenient way to see the Faberge museum.
Private tours are to be booked in advance and they are VERY expensive because the museum charges a lot for admission of private tours. A group of 1-2 people will pay the same as a group of up to 15 people as the price is fixed by the museum. A private tour makes sense only for relatively big groups. If you are interested in Faberge museum private tour please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org