The State Museum of Urban Sculpture was founded in 1937. The main exposition of the museum presents burial-vaults and necropolis (graves) on the territory of the Alexander Nevsky Laura. Grave stones belonging to the XVIII-XX centuries were made by the world-renown Russian masters: I. Partos, M. Kozlovsky, F. Gordeev, V. Beklemishev, A. Benua, A.Shutsev, M. Anikushin. One can witness the development of the memorial sculpture art here.
Lazarevskoye cemetery (Necropolis XVIII c.) has been an open- air museum since 1923. More than 1.000 grave stones of the XVIII – early ÕÕ centuries are stored here, among them –the stones on the graves of Peter the Great’s contemporaries, great scientists, artists and other Russian celebrities: M.Lomonosov, D.Fonvisin, Field Marshal B.Sheremetiev, P.Shuvalov, Pushkin’s grandfather – I.Ganibal, widow of Pushkin – N.Lanskaya; architects: I.Starov, A.Voronikhin, A.Zakharov, G.Toma de Tomon, D.Kvarengi, K.Rossi, A.Betankur.
Necropolis of Masters of Arts (former Tihvinskoye cemetery): about 200 graves of famous writers, musicians, artists and actors of the XIX - XX centuries, such as: M.Glinka, M.Musorgsky, P.Tchaikovsky, N.Karamzin, I.Krilov, F.Dostoevsky, A.Ivanov, P.Fedotov, I.Shishkin, A.Kuindji,B.Kustodiev.
Daily 09:30 – 17:00 in winter, 09:00 – 19:00 in summer. Closed: Thursdays.