I was waiting for an overcast or rainy day to do the museums, but it’s seems like the sun is staying (I’m not complaining!) so I’m embracing as many museums as I can!
First up is Erarta, an art gallery, recommended by Oksana, is not in my guide book. Amazing place!
The painting with the blue candy floss made me giggle. As at Christmas in London I was served the biggest blue candy floss I’ve ever seen! This picture was so similar to the photo I had taken!
Except I look chuffed to have candy floss!
Next up was…the Hermatige. In all honesty, I was putting this off, because it didn’t really seem to appeal to me when I read about it.
I’m definitely glad I went against my initial thoughts!
Just the building alone is worth it, huge, palatial staircases, a room which inspired my future house.
The peacock room.
The room where the peacock lives, the Pavilion Hall, is designed perfectly. Huge windows over looking the river one side.
Huge windows looking out to a impeccably manicured garden the other.
Loads of light, loads of views, a giant gold peacock clock. Who could ask for more?
Reluctantly leaving this beautiful room to explore the rest of the building.
Found a stairway that could easily be from The Shining.
Obviously, I’m not pro-ivory, but the carving on these pieces is so intricate.
Once I had exhausted the Hermatige, I was onto the….
Museum of Emotions!!
I found this accidentally looking at my maps, and my curiosity got the bette of me.
It was a guided museum, and the poor guy who had to show me around and attempt to give me the tour, was a bit nervous if having to give the tour in English, but he got there!
I don’t want to spoil it for anyone else who wants to go, but at the same time I want to describe the experience.
So the guide lets you go first through a curtain into pitch black, telling you to keep walking. Like, where? It’s completely black!
He did put a torch on for me when he realised I wasn’t gonna shift until I could see!
The first room we came to was the Anger room, a darkened room with tv screens showing images of people being punched, animals slaughtering other animals, war images and protests. Heavy metal music is playing and the centrepiece to this room is a punch bag with all the stuffing spilled out of it which was used by a famous Russian fighter.
The next room took a turn in the other direction, the room of Joy.
An upside down room where you stand on the sky and the grass and flowers are above you.
The next room was Disgust, well, it was supposed to be. But I like cockroaches and bats and even the rotting bull’s heads covered in maggots was more fascinating than disgusting!
Next up, the Love room, obviously all red and pink, with love hearts everywhere.
But just as I was about to write this off as cheesy, the guide explained how a Saint Petersburg couple who loved each other so much, had come to an agreement that one should eat the other. Taking ‘I want to be a part of you’ to the next level.
So, under consent, he killed his partner and started slicing him up.
Naturally, he was caught before he could finish him, and was committed where he spent his days drawing images of his partner over and over. Scary.
Next room was death, there wasn’t an awful lot in there except a coffin and an electric chair.
Onto the fun room! A unicorn rocking horse, bright colours, a throne (which I’d been obsessing about all day while at the Hermatige) circus mirrors, screens showing animals doing silly things, dress up! The lot! Obviously loved this room!
The final room was a bit of an anti-climax, the room of Creativity. It was essentially post it notes stuck all over the walls and some UV stars hanging from the ceiling.
For me, creativity is messy, but this was chaos!
And I got a ballon at the end. Happy days!