"Kshesinskaya Mansion" Museums Tip by brazwhazz
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One of Saint-Petersburg's most outstanding Art Nouveau buildings, the Kshesinskaya Mansion was built in 1914 for Mathilde Kshesinskaya, a famous ballet dancer (and former lover of Nicholas II). The Bolsheviks made it their headquarters in 1917, and it was from this building's balcony that Lenin addressed the crowd upon his return from Finland that year. (A plaque bears his name under the balcony.)
Later in the Soviet period, the Kshesinskaya Mansion was turned into the Museum of the October Revolution. Nowadays, it has become the Museum of Political History, which has an interesting collection of objects and documents from the late Tsarist and Soviet eras. There is also an exhibition about Mathilde Kshesinskaya, the house's original occupant. The Museum of Political Hostory is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays to Wednesdays.
Address: Ulitsa Kuybysheva 4
Directions: From the Gorkovskaya metro station, go south toward the Neva River until you reach Ulitsa Kuybysheva, then take a left.
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