State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

(4.7/5 based on 2,200+ reviews on the web)
Housed inside a classical building designed by famed architect Carlo Rossi, State 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 State Russian Museum and other attractions that appeal to you using our St. Petersburg tour planner.
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  • Parents of St. Petersburg together in groups of 10-12 people and organize trips for their kids. My daughter is 4 years old. September 2016 onwards we visit the Russian Museum within one of these groups. In past interviews about the paintings and other art items at the end of the tour, children draw. I think it's very educational, for the developing busi and entertaining!
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  • We again visited the State Russian Museum on our last trip to St. Petersburg. The amazing collection, housed in Mikhailovskiy Palace, contains one of the world's finest collection of Russian art. We a...  more »
  • Another wonderful exhibition in Benois attracts visitors even in Monday morning worth the queue. My advice-go through the main entrance of the Mikhailovsky Palace and not waste time and health by standing in queues at the entrance and for tickets. Pass through the first floor permanent exhibition then go to corpus Benoit, tickets keep them everywhere now, check the exhibition of Ayvazovskiy occupies the entire lower halls, presented work from different museums in the country and from the Russian Museum.
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  • Excellent collection and beautiful building. It's worth getting the combined ticket so that you can see the other palaces. However, very little of the written information is in English, and the queues for the audioguides are huge. Would do well to offer free wifi and an audioguide app like the Hermitage does.
  • Must visit museum after Hermitage, and not as crowded. Especially useful if you're interested in Russian art, since that's what it focuses on.
  • Goood
  • Do not miss this museum, it is excellent! A nice change of pace from the Hermitage, but equally as good.
  • A must-to-visit place! Just love it! The collection is amazing!