St Petersburg (Russia)

State Museum of Urban Sculpture

The Museum of Urban Sculpture is the successor of the Museum-Necropolis, founded in 1932 with the aim of preserving a unique collection of memorial sculpture of the 18th - early 20th century. On July 28, 1932, the Presidium of the Leningrad City Council declared the Lazarevskoye cemetery of the former Alexander Nevsky Lavra a Museum Reserve, annexing to its territory the neighboring Tikhvin and the building of the Annunciation Church to create a museum of tombstone sculptures there. In 1935, the Literatorskie Mostki necropolis was museumified as a branch. The first director of the new museum was Nikolai Viktorovich Uspensky (1885–1947), under whose leadership, together with members of the Society for the Study, Popularization and Artistic Protection of Old Petersburg and its Environs, research work was carried out at the Lazarevskoye cemetery back in the 1920s. September 18, 1937. Since 1947, the museum has taken part in the construction of new monuments in Leningrad: participated in art councils and competition juries, organized exhibitions and discussions of projects of monuments. Since the end of 1948, the Directorate of Art Exhibitions and Panoramas handed over to the museum competition projects of all monuments planned for installation in Leningrad. In 1955. a new exposition was opened on the basis of a collection of models of the city's monuments, dedicated to the history and development of Russian and Soviet monumental sculpture. On July 2, 1969, the museum was renamed the State Museum of Urban Sculpture.
State Museum of Urban Sculpture, statue

Access preferences

For people with limited mobility (Accessibility)

Information about the accessibility of objects and services of the St. Petersburg State Budgetary Institution of Culture "State Museum of Urban Sculpture" for the disabled and other low-mobility groups of the population. The result of a survey to determine the availability of social infrastructure facilities for people with disabilities and other low-mobility groups of the population. SPb GBUK "State Museum of Urban Sculpture" is displayed on the electronic interactive map of St. Petersburg on the website Information about the responsible employees of SPb GBUK "GMGS" for organizing work to ensure the availability of facilities and services for people with disabilities is presented in Order No. 36 from 10.02.2020

To the attention of visitors with disabilities! If you may need additional assistance from the museum staff, please inform about your visit in advance by phone:

- Tomb of the Annunciation : 271-26-95, 274-25-45 from 11:00 to 16:30 (except Monday and Thursday);
- Necropolis of the 18th century and the necropolis of the Masters of the Arts : 717-17-16 from 10:00 to 16:30 (except Thursday);
- New showroom : 274-25-79, 274-38-60 from 12:00 to 18:00 (except Thursday and Friday);
- branch "Workshop of M. K. Anikushin" 347-49-30, 234-15-50 from 12:00 to 18:00 (except Monday and Tuesday), from 12:00 to 20:00 (Wednesday);
- branch Necropolis "Literatorskie mostki " 921-00-71 from 11:00 to 17:00 (except Thursday);
- exhibition hall "Narva Triumphal Gates" 786-97-82 from 11:00 to 16:30 (except Monday and Tuesday), from 14:00 to 19:00 (Wednesday).

Project "Touch the Beautiful" (Multisensory Experiences)

On the ground floor of the exhibition hall of the Necropolis of Artists, you can get acquainted with the project “Touch the Beautiful. Accessible Environment at the State Museum of Urban Sculpture " . This project provides an opportunity for people with limited mobility to visit a museum site dedicated to the history, artistic features and ways of preserving the city monuments of St. Petersburg.

The exposition is based on models of monuments located in the city center, mainly on Nevsky Prospekt: ​​the obelisk "To the Hero City of Leningrad" (Vosstaniya Square), "Horse Tamers" (Anichkov Bridge), a monument to Catherine II (Ostrovsky Square), a monument A.S. Pushkin (Arts Square), bust of N.M. Przhevalsky (Alexandrovsky Garden), Alexander Column (Palace Square), monument to Nicholas I (Isaac Square). The models of the monuments are made of the same materials as the original city monuments - bronze and granite. The project was created with the participation of the State Library for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

A special excursion is available for visitors, which will introduce you to 7 monuments located along Nevsky Prospekt from Vosstaniya Square to Alexandrovsky Garden, with their typology, history of creation and existence, as well as preservation during the Great Patriotic War. Thus, we will take a kind of walk along Nevsky Prospekt.

Contact info

State Museum of Urban Sculpture,
Nevsky Ave, 179,
St Petersburg, Russia.
+7 812 274-26-35