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Owner description: The Faberge Museum in St. Petersburg was founded to preserve, study, and promote Russia's cultural heritage as well as to develop the city's extensive network of museums. The museum's collection contains the world's largest collection of works by Carl Faberge, including nine of the famous Imperial Easter Eggs, regarded not only as the finest jeweled works of art, but also as unique historical artifacts. The museum's collection also includes decorative and applied works made by the Russian masters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The museum is located in the Shuvalov Palace on the Fontanka River - one of the most beautiful palaces in St. Petersburg. The Museum is open 6 days a week from 10AM to 9PM and closed Fridays. Tickets for guided and unguided tours can be purchased at the Museum's ticket office only for the current day. The ticket office is open until 8.15PM. Museum hours: From 10AM to 6PM Guided Tours. The last tour starts at 4:50 PM. Tours last 1 hour. Ticket price is 600 RUB From 10AM to 8.45PM Unguided (Individual) Tours. Ticket price is 450 RUB Ticket may be purchased for individual (unguided) tours all day long. To explore the museum independently, visitors can rent audio guides for 150 rubles or use a free collection catalog. Refundable deposit for the audio guide is 2000 rubles in cash only. A digital version of the catalog is also available for smartphones and tablets by scanning the QR code at the Museum entrance. Tickets are available in advance at our site
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Reviewed 25 August 2014

It is a small private museum, very well managed and with a magnificent collection of Fabergé masterpieces. Go and see it. The palace it is in is worth a visit on its own. The Easter Eggs are splendid. The snuff boxes with miniatures of the owners and of the Tzar's family are also magnificent. Attention to the pictures and the way they are exhibitted.

Visited August 2014
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“Well Worth the Lines”
Reviewed 20 August 2014

You can purchase tickets early for this museum, but you need to know that you CANNOT walk through this museum alone until after 4 PM. You will be assigned to a group with a guide who may or may not speak your language. If that is the case, you can go through when you want to, but you will need the AUDIO guide as this is a necessity; otherwise you get ushered through the place and miss all of the nuances. The array of eggs is amazing and the special little "gifts" inside are even more amazing. During your tour, the guide will "pull" you through the rooms at their pace and you may not get to see everything that you want to. As they usher you out of the rooms, the guards allow the next group in behind you. There is some time to go back, but we felt kind of rushed through the exhibits. There are some eggs in the Armory in Moscow, but nothing that compares to this museum. Even as a "guy", this was well worth the time and expense, so I highly recommend that you go here.

Visited July 2014
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Rome, Lazio, Italy
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“St Petersburg must seen!!!”
Reviewed 19 August 2014 via mobile

If you like fine jewelry and Faberge eggs (of course) you cannot miss this place! !
Located in the marvelous Shuvalov palace, you will find the biggest collection of Faberge eggs which is simply amazing and a very big and interesting collection of objects, jewels and gifts made by Faberge masters.
The ticket price is fair (300rubles) considering the value and the quality of the museum. The audioguide (150 rubles) is well worth and very useful to enjoy the palace and the items shown in the museum, but you have to leave a cash deposit of 2000 rubles (!!)
A good alternative to the audio guide is to buy the little book of the Faberge Museum In the shop inside the museum: the cost is almost the same (200 rubles) the contents are identical (every egg has it owns explanation) and you don't have to return it nor to leave the cash deposit!

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“Absolutely stunning! Highlight of our trip. ”
Reviewed 19 August 2014 via mobile

We did the guided 1hr tour which was speedy but fascinating. Lots of information about the pieces that I'm not sure you would get on the individual tour. However not quite enough time to enjoy the actual building and art works. Website is a bit confusing regarding tickets, but all you have to do is turn up. Day tickets are guided and individual tickets are sold from 6pm basically. Same price 300 roubles each.

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“Fabergé Eggs are back in St. Petersburg!”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

Nine of the famous Fabergé Easter Eggs are back in St. Petersburg!

If you happen to be in St. Petersburg, Russia make sure to include a visit to the fabulous Fabergé Museum. This wonderful museum is located in the beautifully restored Shuvalov Palace, where nine of the famous Fabergé Easter Eggs are the central pieces of the exhibition.

The first Easter Egg was commissioned in 1885 by Tsar Alexander III for his wife Maria Feodorovna. The tradition of gifting Easter Eggs spread among the members of the Romanov Dynasty, the rulers of the time, and other kingdoms in Europe. The last Easter Egg was commissioned by Tsar Nicholas II in 1917. The Tsar and his whole family were murdered the same year by the Russian Bolsheviks, who took over the power. The Bolsheviks collected most of the Fabergé eggs, decorative pieces and jewellery available in Russia and sold them throughout the world because they didn’t fit their ideology.

The St. Petersburg Fabergé shop produced 65 eggs. It is believed that there are only 57 eggs known to be in existence. Nine of these eggs were part of the Forbes Magazine collection until 2004, when they were bought by Viktor Vekselberg, a Russian billionaire, just before they were going to be auctioned.

These nine Easter Eggs are now the most important pieces at the fabulous Fabergé Museum, being the largest Fabergé Easter Egg collection under one roof. The museum has 12 display rooms with 4000 exhibits and more then 1000 pieces from the Fabergé jewellery shop. The Shuvalov Palace is the perfect home for these beautiful eggs, as hey are an important part of St. Petersburg’s history. Their return home bring back happiness and pride to the Russian people.

Visited July 2014
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