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Closures on Russia Day (June 12)?

A friend is considering a cruise that would have them in St. Petersburg on June 12-14, but then found out that Russia Day is on Sunday, June 12.

Various tourist sites, guides, etc. apparently indicate some museums are closed on Mondays, some on Tuesdays (he recalls reading).

The question is: Is it typical to expect large tourist sites, such as Catherine's Palace, The Hermitage, Peterhof Palace, to be closed on Russia Day? Or, it is possible that the opposite would be the case: they would likely be open but extremely crowed with tourists (since it is a holiday)?

Does anything special in the way of large festivals, etc. happen on Russia Day?

Thank you.

Posted by
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I looked around a bit , and could not find a specific answer for you . The Hermitage , for example , does not indicate a closure at that time . My best bet is to look at the websites individually for visiting times . Under the circumstances, large crowds at that time of year are likely . I visited in early September 2015 for nearly three weeks , and while it was very tolerable , it was still quite busy , The Catherine Palace was , essentially , as busy as Versailles . On the other hand , our visit to the Naval Cathedral in Kronstadt was very peaceful and the town was very bucolic . It was a high point on our first visit to Russia .

Posted by
1935 posts

Steven, thank you. I'll pass along your suggestions and experiences.