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History of Religion Museum

Pochtamtskaya St., 14 | metro Gostinyj Dvor, Sennaja ploschаd', St. Petersburg 190000, Russia
+7 812 315-30-80
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You better know Russian

I got the English audio guide and failed to understand what I looking at. Some displays have audio... read more

Reviewed 13 June 2018
lauren h
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A big selection of artefacts

The museum was a real surprice - it is large with many details. The main drawback is that there are... read more

Reviewed 5 April 2018
Goran A
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The State Museum of the History of Religion is one of the world’s few museums and the only one of its kind in Russia. Its permanent exhibition features the origin and development of Religion. The Museum collection numbers about 200 000 exhibits. It houses a wide range of historical and cultural artifacts from various countries, ages, and peoples which date back to the 6th Millennium BC. The Museum established a reputation of one of the most fast-growth museums in Russia for the last 5 years. The Museum opened to the public new permanent exhibition’s departments: ‘Islam’, ‘Sukhavati – the Pure Land of Buddha Amitabha’ (‘The Buddhist Paradise’), ‘Religions of the East: Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism and Shinto’ and special Children department ‘The Very Beginning’ as well. The museum is delighted to announce that the redisplayed permanent exhibition’s departments, ‘The Archaic and Primitive Beliefs’, ‘Religions of the Ancient World: Polytheism’, ‘Religions of the Ancient World: Judaism and Rise of Monotheism’ and ‘Rise of Christianity’ were opened to public on April 2012. Anybody who is familiar with the experience of the world museum development knows that very few museums go in for the full redisplay and making new exhibition projects, does justice our executive work.
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Apr 5, 2018
“A big selection of artefacts”
Mar 22, 2018
“Interesting”
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Pochtamtskaya St., 14 | metro Gostinyj Dvor, Sennaja ploschаd', St. Petersburg 190000, Russia
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Reviewed 13 June 2018 via mobile

I got the English audio guide and failed to understand what I looking at. Some displays have audio. That audio just starts talking and I didn’t know what item I was supposed to be looking at. Some displays have laminated cards describing what’s in the...More

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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

The museum was a real surprice - it is large with many details. The main drawback is that there are no signs, nor explanations in English. The staff is trying hard to be helpfull but do not speak English

Thank Goran A
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Reviewed 22 March 2018

Very big exhibition of various objects and facts about religions that were present in Russia but also in other parts of world. A little bit too big for one visit.

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Reviewed 1 August 2016

The State Museum of the History of Religion is a surprisingly large and well-run museum with a large, impressive collection covering various faiths from pre-historic (10 – 12,000 years B.C.) to the modern era and encompassing Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Their Orthodox and...More

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Reviewed 16 July 2016

This museum is not well publicized in guide books and tourist information venues but is worth checking out. I found it accidentally while seeking another site and am glad I stopped. I am very familiar with various world religions, so I found it fascinating to...More

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Reviewed 16 December 2015

Unfortunately the rooms did not show the frequency of religions. Therefore the view was not complete

Thank Anastasia S
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Reviewed 19 October 2015

We spent the 3 hours we had there in fascination (but probably would have benefited from one more hour). The museum offers a great executive summary of several religions, with artifacts that delve deeper into each one. I learned quite a bit about each. But,...More

1  Thank Maskotas
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Reviewed 8 October 2015

This museum has a lot of religious artefacts dating from the early cave drawings to today's Abrahamic faiths. It's a fascinating place. Unfortunately, the staff speaks only Russian but is quite friendly. You can get an audio guide before you start the tour. The museum...More

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Reviewed 7 February 2015

Just kidding, not so much tho. I was referred to this museum from someone i met when i took an alternative bike tour around St Petersburg. This place is just amazing! If you are into the history of peoples beliefs, all the way from animism,...More

3  Thank Logan G
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Reviewed 29 November 2014

The first rooms are dedicated to the Russian and Finnish bear worship, the others to Shamanism in Siberia, ancient cults in Mesopotamia, Egypt and Greece. Lovely Greek music plays in the background while learning about the ancient cults. The visit then proceeds into the rooms...More

3  Thank tiz S
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Ekaterina V, Public Relations Manager at History of Religion Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2015

Hello! Thank you for response! We actually house around 200 000 exhibits in our collections and our permanent and temporary exhibitions hold only a tiny part of these collections. We try to show a vast variety of cultural beliefs all around the world! We plan...More

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