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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  • My rating doesn’t have much to do with museum itself but rather people working. Tickets were only available for 5pm with museum closing at 6pm. We came at 4:30pm and were lucky to get in. Beautiful.....  more »
  • For any art lover, this is your museum. It is only Russian artists' works here. The icons and paintings range from hundreds of years old to modern day. It is a must see museum in Saint Petersburg.  more »
  • We have been there several times in the past but it is always a pleasure to see again and again the gorgeous works by Malevich and Kandinsky. This year we went there primarily for the major Repin...  more »
  • Bloody huge ! It will take you hours to do the whole thing. I would recommend having an idea what you want to see first. Play attention to the opening hours and make sure you have some way of communicating in Russia. Lady at that help desk is the most helpful person I’ve met in Russia
  • Very nice! Tip: go early and enter the exhibition hall on the 2nd floor from the exit (right turn). Most of the nicest ones are in the last rooms, so visit them first ;)
  • 2 hours in the queue was definitely worth it. Priceless collection of art!
  • There is a three day ticket offer, you should take it if you are planning to visit all parts. One day will not be enough. Take your time and enjoy it worth every penny.
  • This museum impressed me in childhood. Now, after about ten years, I see it not so great. I think the reason is that the other countries' Fine Art museums (even in small countries like Riga) are mote interesting and comfortable. However, it's one of "must see" in Saint-P because of some originals of great painters. One additional plus is for QR-codes for some pictures. One rather big disadvantage is the price, which becomes much higher with years (even for Russian citizens).

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