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Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

4.7
#9 of 203 in Museums in St. Petersburg
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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. Plan to see Russian Museum and other attractions that appeal to you using our St. Petersburg tour planner.
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  • If you are into Russian art - go! If you are just into art - go all the same. Fantastic collection of iconic Russian painters known all over the world, classic and more contemporary: from Repin and Su...  more »
  • My friend and I entered through the side entrance near the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. This takes you to the modern art exhibit on the second floor. They have a wonderful collection of some...  more »
  • Mostly artist I had never heard of but some very nice. I particularly liked the "ninth wave" in the Russian section.  more »
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  • Really enjoyed the museum. Like all museums, tourist groups are a real downer - but the collection is solid and its a nice building. Littered with souvenir shops, but barely any maps around the building and its poorly sign posted
  • It's the national art gallery of Russia and it has something for everyone (even something that will get a 6 year old excited). Worth visiting beyond the other great sites of St. Petersburg.
  • A very good place to be in case of rain, or for those who stay more than 2 days in the city. Exhibition rooms are well decorated. Free of tourist crowds.
  • It is a matter of taste of course but for me the second floor was just a big wow. If you have little time or tired legs i would focus on it.
  • Must see for evrbd. Strong collection of Russians RT in the interior of tsar's residence!

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