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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Russian Museum Reviews
The collection is wonderful, there are masterpieces by Aivazovsky, Surikov, Vasnetsov, Levitan, Repin. what called our attention was the existence of crafts too, this makes the museum impossible to... more »
Its a nice and amazing museum, I spent over an hour, lots to see inside, I took some nice pictures. Staffs are very helpful. 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
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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