State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg
(4.7/5 based on 2,000+ 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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  • The country's first National Museum of Russian art. Now its expositions are located in seven buildings. We were at the Mikhailovsky Palace and Benois. Very impressive and magnificent collection of paintings. Saw the work of Ilya Repin, Karl Briullov, Ivan Aivazovsky and many other Russian artists.
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  • Amazing Museum, how many times have happened in Peter always tried to look there and at last visit-it was rainy morning, gray, dank, svnom we went to Nevsky-the first day of our stay in St. Petersburg, had breakfast there and went to the Russian Museum. What is happiness there, see long favorite and familiar canvas, to stand, to think, to admire the human genius and skill of the painters and sculptors, wander the halls, there is no hurry and enjoy every minute. And when else beside you teenage son and you're doing it for the first time in the life of those canvases that he previously seen only reproductions is doubly glad that you could share what is important and interesting to you, with his son. He, like all teens, pretended, that makes me the favor, taking back with me is going to end up in memory, will affect some spaghetti strings on his soul-because such a magnificent collection of paintings that this cannot fail to impress human thinking. If you are in St. Petersburg or just going to, especially if you don't know where to turn in bad weather-go to the Russian Museum, day proletit' quietly and you enrich yourself, after all there collected masterpieces. Take an excursion or simply wander around yourself, stay in the halls of your favorite hudozhnokov-this you will remember for a long time.
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  • The Hermitage watch'd to hit people in the work place. Famous works like the male Beach, Kandinsky, yet quietly works remains to be seen. If you're someone who likes art, just go there.
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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!