State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg
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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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  • We know unfortunately only on the outside for lack of time, it is very large and imposing, I hope a next trip to enter.
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  • If you came to Petersburg, be sure to go to the Russian Museum. You will see in the original that was on reproductions in your schoolbooks. Give this place at least two hours of your time-you will not regret. After all, Kuindzhi, Ivan Aivazovsky, Shishkin, gray, Ivanova, Malyavin-you can only see here
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  • Huge collection of paintings and sculptures. Just a few steps from Nevsky prospect. Metro station "Nevsky Prospekt".
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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.
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  • 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!