Erarta, contemporary art museum


The Erarta building in Saint Petersburg brings several attractions under one roof:

- Erarta Museum, the largest private museum in Russia hosting over 2300 works by more than 250 artists from 17 Russian regions.
- one of the branches of the Erarta Galleries international group.
- other temporary exhibition spaces.

The total floor space of the Erarta building is 10,000 sqm.

Erarta opened its doors to visitors in September 2010 after a 3-year renovation of a Stalin-era building and has already established itself as one of the top attractions in Saint Petersburg. Its mission is to bring people closer to contemporary art and in order to achieve it, Erarta has created several special projects, which popularize art and immerse people in the creative process. At Erarta visitors can experience “U-Space” total installations, watch multimedia plays with characters from paintings at the “Theatre With No Actors”, see stories of paintings come alive on the screen in the “Art-animation” project and even secure their own place in the museum by participating in the “Art-literature” project, a series of creative essays written by Erarta’s guests which describe their thoughts about works from the collection – the museum displays all those it likes on permanent exhibit for other visitors to enjoy!

The Galleries Wing is home to temporary exhibitions and is also where visitors can acquire works they like (all profits are reinvested back into the project and go towards supporting and promoting contemporary Russian art and a special non-profit organization, Erarta Fund, has been established to aid such initiatives). The exhibitions change on a regular basis while in the evenings, there’s always almost some kind of special event (since its opening, Erarta has hosted over 400 concerts, lectures, plays and film screenings amongst other events), so there’s always something new to see and experience. 

An exhibition of works by Jean-Marie Périer showing the iconic portraits of cinema, music and fashion celebrities is open till January 13th, 2019 and is free for St.Petersburg Card holders.

Free with
St Petersburg Card
Normal Ticket Price: 550 RUB

2, line 29, Vasilyevsky island

Closest metro station:
Primorskaya, Sportivnaya-2, Vasileostrovskaya

Getting there:
From Primorskaya: bus 6, tram 6

+7 (812) 324-08-09


Open hours:
Daily: 10:00 - 22:00. Closed: Tuesday

Museum Highlights
Art Animation

Short animated films, in which paintings themselves are just snapshots