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Housed inside a classical building designed by famed architect Carlo Rossi, Russian Museum boasts a permanent collection tracing the history of Russian art from Byzantine church paintings to the avant-garde video presentations of the 20th century. Established in 1895 by Emperor Nicholas II, the museum contains nearly half a million artworks, including notable pieces by Alexei Venetsianov, Pavel Fedotov, and Ivan Shishkin. The museum also boasts a large collection of paintings by Ilya Repin, widely regarded as one of the country's greatest realist painters. Be sure to leave some time for the halls displaying nearly 6,000 icons, some of which date back to the 12th century. Using our world travel planner, St. Petersburg attractions like Russian Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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The State Russian Museum is the largest collection of Russian art in the world. The main building of the museum is located in the Mikhailovsky Palace in the center of St. Petersburg. The museum..... more
The State Russian Museum is the largest collection of Russian art in the world. The main building of the museum is located in the Mikhailovsky Palace in the center of St. Petersburg. The museum..... more »
A wonderful museum located in the Mikhailovsky Palace. A rich collection of Russian art in beautiful interiors. Health and safety - temperature at the entrance, you need to scan the QR code...
A wonderful museum located in the Mikhailovsky Palace. A rich collection of Russian art in beautiful interiors. Health and safety - temperature at the entrance, you need to scan the QR code... more »
Excellent! Must do. Staff very good with visitors with young kids! Lady in the wardrobe really sympathetic with those who come with kids!
Excellent! Must do. Staff very good with visitors with young kids! Lady in the wardrobe really sympathetic with those who come with kids! more »
The museum hosts paintings, sculptures and other artifacts mostly from 19. century. This is the place where you can see the traditional Russian art and paintings. Pity to see that Russian art reached its peak in the 19th century and halted as soon as the Soviet revolution took place. At least they preserved their finest collections and present in this museum.
Beautiful museum. Went today and it was wonderful to be free of crowds. The building and setting are lovely. Staff speak English, which is helpful when you get lost and can't find the cloakroom. Highly recommend
Museum filled with impressive and versatile arts. You start with super cool classics like Semiradsky, Vasnetsov, Shishkin and Aivazovsky, continue through statues and portraits, go through some more modern and weird things, and end up with royal furniture and old Russian utensils. Sometimes some of the key items are out of there, so maybe need to check up beforehand (I visited the place twice and never saw the Ninth Wave painting, as it was in Japan and Spain along with other paintings). A lot of information can be obtained with your smartphone, the personnel is polite. This is definitely one of Saint Pete’s must sees.
The first museum I visited in Russia. Lot's of incredible masterpieces that will just amaze you. The tour guide was just a delight to listen to; his English was just impeccable. Made some new friends and that day was a good one I must say...💃
It was more crowded when we visited in late May last year. This year, in early May on a Monday (when Hermitage is closed), it was not as crowded as we anticipated. The audio guide in English was again very useful. It was cold outside so we wore our down jackets which had to be deposited in the cloak room. Although the art here is wonderful, my pet peeve is that after one finishes one's visit, which usually ends at the Benois wing, one has to re-trace our way back to the beginning (in Mikhailovskiy Palace) to return our audio guides and collect our jackets. Wished there was a better way that did not require back tracking!
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