A third of the new private museums were opened in the past four years.
It is common knowledge that St. Petersburg is a city of museums. 99 of them are private, and a third of these were opened during the past four years.
More than half of the private museums are located in the Central District, almost all of the rest are in Petrogradsky, Vasileostrovsky, and Admiralteisky districts.
According to RBC, two thirds of the private museums take entrance fees, the average ticket costs 356 rubles ($5.6).
‘Private museums provide content, bring exhibitions, showcase objects that are unlikely to be found in national museums and galleries. They can afford to experiment and are open for new experience’, explains Igor Kovalevsky, director of the Soviet slot machines museum.
Museums of chocolate, reptiles or butterflies are rather attractions than museums proper, but such entertainment projects are usually more successful commercially.
Photo and video: St. Petersburg TV channel