Credit: Moisey Nappelbaum/Moscow House of Photography

Ex-czarist capital, ex-Soviet hero city, St. Petersburg is haunted by the creative souls who’ve inhabited it, and its house museums offer a step into history. Travelers can visit the apartment where Alexander Pushkin was brought to die; the palace backrooms allotted to Anna Akhmatova; the mansion where Vladimir Nabokov grew up; composer Rimsky-Korsakov’s family flat; and the stark Alexander Blok apartment (57 Dekabristov Ul.; no phone), where the poet died of a broken heart after the revolution. Ask your hotel concierge to arrange an itinerary; or, if you prefer to explore by foot, bus (mind the traffic), and metro, follow the directions on our enhanced St. Petersburg walking tour map.

Museum Pushkin

Anna Akhmatova Museum at The Fountain House

Nabokov Museum

Theatre Museum