We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

History of Religion Museum

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Pochtamtskaya St., 14 | metro Gostinyj Dvor, Sennaja ploschаd', St. Petersburg 190000, Russia
Name/address in local language
Phone Number:
+7 812 315-30-80

The State Museum of the History of Religion is one of the world’s few...

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 136 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 11
  • 7
    Very good
  • 2
  • 0
  • 0
Not as boring as it sounds

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 August 2016
Add Photo Write a Review

136 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 20: English reviews
Level Contributor
153 reviews
102 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 Tibetan sections were particularly impressive. It is just across the road from the main Post... More 

1 Thank Aussieeod
Phoenix, Arizona
Level Contributor
254 reviews
153 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 see the displays from a Russian viewpoint. (Often a VERY different perspective than practicing members... More 

Thank moviegeekjn
St. Petersburg, Russia
Level Contributor
21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

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

Thank Anastasia S
Miami, Florida
Level Contributor
216 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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, unless you read Russian, rent the audio guides. Without them, the museum will be very... More 

Thank Maskotas
Montreal, Canada
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 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 is very thorough and covers all the spectrum of beliefs although the Islam section is... More 

Thank Karim Z
San Francisco, California
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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, totemism and shamanism to the mainstream religions like the Abrahamaic religions like Christianity and Islam,... More 

2 Thank Logan G
Rome, Italy
Level Contributor
25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 related to Judaism, Early Christianity, Orthodoxy, Catholicism in France, Italy, Germany... In this museum you... More 

2 Thank tiz S
Ekaterina V, Public Relations Manager at History of Religion Museum, responded to this review

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 to open a permanent exhibition depart "The a History of the Russian Orthodoxy" after rennovation... More 

Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
88 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2014

This was a very wonderful and interesting museum. If you are interested in religions (not only russian orthodox) then you must see this. There is a big collection of items from different religions in a good setting. However a big point of improvement could be that descriptions not only be in russian language but also in English for international tourists.

Thank Jacco_Hendrikx
Ekaterina V, Public Relations Manager at History of Religion Museum, responded to this review

Hello! Thank you for your reply! The museum houses about 200 000 exhibits from various religions and beliefs all around the world. Visit and discover the unique artifacts of Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and stunning examples of the European paintings and sсulptures! Really appreciate for your response! More 

Hilo, Hawaii
Level Contributor
181 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2014

This museum is hard to locate as the facade was being restored and it was shrouded. However, the entry is directly across from the main post office entry...even if you don't see a sign. The staff inside were quite helpful getting us set up and started. Extremely gracious. We're glad we persevered though. We got the English audio guides which... More 

2 Thank HLW648
Ekaterina V, Public Relations Manager at History of Religion Museum, responded to this review

Hello! Really appreciate for your high-detailed reply! Pew are glad to hear, that you like our audio-guide! We'd also like to inform that we successfully finished our fasades refurbishment and now they are free from all covers! We also upgraded our schedule and now our visitors have a unique opportunity to visit museum on Tuesday fro 1 pm to 9... More 

Level Contributor
120 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2014

A surprisingly diverse collection presented in a pleasant setting. Suppose the only mark down for a 4/5 rating is that it's not quite there in terms of museum experiences for foreigners but it's rightfully aimed at the local crowd who I believe were having a good time as far as I could see walking around!

Thank Elprincipal
Ekaterina V, Public Relations Manager at History of Religion Museum, responded to this review

Hello! Thank you for your reply and rating! You are absolutely right, that we have an English texts only in the part of the permanent exhibition. We plan to make English descriptions for every item and exhibition department in the near future. And we've already have full version English audio-guide for our foreign visitors! Thank you for your note! More 

Travellers who viewed History of Religion Museum also viewed

St. Petersburg, Northwestern District
St. Petersburg, Northwestern District
Peterhof, Petrodvortsovy District

Been to History of Religion Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from History of Religion Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?