The St. Petersburg State Museum of Theater and Music is a multifunctional scientific and cultural-educational complex dedicated to the history and practice of the Russian theater from its inception to our days. The history of the Museum totals more than a hundred years, and in collections and collections more than half a million priceless exhibits are kept, including Russia's largest collection of musical instruments, painting and graphics by Ilya Repin and Kazimir Malevich, scenic costumes by Anna Pavlova and Fedor Chaliapin, autographs by L. N. Tolstoy, AA Blok, N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov, D. D. Shostakovich, materials on the set of the first figures of Russian culture of the XVIII-XXI centuries. The pearl of the collection is the collection of theatrical and decorative art of Nina and Nikita Lobanov-Rostovsky, donated to the Museum in 2013.
The Museum of Theater and Musical Art unites five independent museums in historical buildings of St. Petersburg. The Theater Museum is located in the building of the former Directorate of the Imperial Theaters (architect Charles Rossi). Its exposition is devoted to the history of Russian and world theater. Sheremetevsky Palace - The Museum of Music is located in a unique palace complex of the XVIII century, tells about the family and way of life of the Counts of Sheremetevs, and also exhibits the largest collection of musical instruments in Russia. The museum-apartment of NA Rimsky-Korsakov is a unique memorial museum of the great composer with the preserved interiors of the XIX century. The house museum of FI Shalyapin is a whole complex, in addition to the memorial apartment of the famous singer, there are "Open Foundations". Museum-apartment of the family of actors Samoilov tells about the history of the famous theatrical dynasty.