The Fountain House is one of the palaces of the Counts Sheremetevs in St. Petersburg, which got its name from the Fontanka River, on the banks of which it stands. It is also known as the Sheremetev Palace.
Until 1917, the Sheremetev Palace and the estate belonged to five generations of the senior (count) branch of the Sheremetev family. At present, the main building of the palace houses the Museum of Music, which includes a restored suite of ceremonial halls on the second floor.
The complex of buildings of the Sheremetev Palace is included in the Unified State Register of Cultural Heritage Objects (monuments of history and culture) of the peoples of the Russian Federation as an object of cultural heritage of federal significance.
Architecture style: Baroque, Eclecticism.
Architects: Savva Ivanovich Chevakinsky, Giacomo Quarenghi and Andrey Nikiforovich Voronikhin.
Date of construction: 1712
The Museum of Music
The musical collection of the Sheremetev Palace includes more than 3000 instruments and is one of the five largest in the world and the best in Russia.
The collection of instruments was founded over a hundred years ago by the head of the Court Orchestra, Baron K.K. Stackelberg. Its first exhibits were the musical instruments of the imperial family. In the XX century the collection, as part of the state museum fund, was replenished with receipts from museums, the conservatory, and private collections. In 1984, it became part of the funds of the Museum of Theater and Musical Art.
Now the collection includes instruments created by famous Western European and Russian masters of the 16th-20th centuries; memorial instruments of composers of the Russian school of the 19th–20th centuries; collections that belonged to the Romanov imperial family; unique Russian horn orchestra; musical instruments from all continents of the world.
Working hours: Mon 11:00–18:00; Wed 13:00–20:00; Thu-Sun 11:00–18:00.
Address: Fontanka River embankment, 34, St. Petersburg.
Nearest metro: Mayakovskaya, Dostoevskaya, Vladimirskaya.
Tickets: payment by card, audio guide, tickets 100–400 ₽.