Russian Museum, 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. Using our world travel planner, St. Petersburg attractions like Russian Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Museum amazing and worthy of careful study, but for a first visit to the city I would recommend it be deleted from the program. Too much in Peter's other beauties.
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  • Museum at the corner of griboyedov Canal Quay and street Engineering West building of the Mikhailovsky Palace, is in charge of the Russian Museum. Is required to attend. Constantly changing exhibitions. Beautiful sideboard
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  • I spent almost three hours here, going from floor to floor as directed by the signs. Since I unfortunately do not speak Russian, I passed through all of the exhibits, following the arrows,which were n...  more »
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  • Very nice art museum. Without any context, the paintings and sculptures mean little, but if you have a local with you to explain culture and context, it's great. Absolutely beautiful ceilings in many places in the museum, too. Also notable - several large paintings were hung in rooms with sketches/details used by the artist in preparing the large final work. Very cool.
  • Greatest museum ever representing Russian and European art, paintings. A few hours are not enough. It always has new exhibitions.
  • The museum regularly offers very interesting temporary exhibitions - check their website for detailed information before going.
  • The second biggest museum in the city after the Hermitage. With a special focus in russian art, definitely an obliged visit in the city. Have in mind that you'll spend at least 2-4 hrs in here.
  • A "must visit" of Saint Petersburg. Great art collection and an amazing building.

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