The State Russian Museum

The State Russian Museum

Address: Inzhenernaya Ulitsa 4 (Arts Square)
Nearest Metro stations: Nevsky Prospekt/Gostiny Dvor
Telephone: +7 (812)219-16-15; +7 (812) 595-4248

Open: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm

Closed: Tuesdays

 

 

The biggest collection of Russian art can be found in the Russian Museum which is opened to public since 1898 and is housed in the Mikhailovsky Palace. The original collection of the museum included 80 masterpieces from the Hermitage, 120 from the Academy of Fine Arts and around 200 more samples from different palaces. 

When the museum was opened so much more masterpieces were donated to it, that in the begining of 20th century it was essential to build an additional building for it which was named Benois Building. The tendency was supported by the 'nationalization' - the process which took place after the communists came into power in 1917 and withdrew many private collections. 

Not only the collection of Russian museum is of a great value, but also the palace where it's housed. Mikhailovsky Palace is a great example of neo-classical building with most stunning facade and splendid interiors. The palace was built between 1819-1825  by C.Rossi and was home for the Grand Duke Mikhail, younger brother of Alexander I and Nicholas I. In the late 19th century the government bought the palace to be used for the new Museum of Emperor Alexander III, now known as Russian Museum. 

Like most of the city, the museum was badly damaged during the World War II and restoration works went on for years afterwards. Now the palace and the museums are fully restored. 

 

The Russian Museum collection contains circa 400.000 exhibits. The main building of the museum and was showcasing the creme de la creme of Russian Art. Currently it shows art from the early Russian icons to early 20th century paintings. Displayed at Mikhailovsky Palace are excellent Russian icons, including some by Andrey Rublyov, portraits by Rokotov, Levitsky, Borovikovsky and Shubin, works by Brullov, Bruni and Ivanov, seascapes by Aivazovsky, historical paintings and portraits by Surikov and Repin, landscapes by Kuingi and Levitan, paintings by Vasnetsov, Korovin, Vrubel, Nesterov, Benois, Somov, Dobuzhinsky, Bakst, Serov, sculptures by Trubetskoy, Grabar, Serebryakova, Kustodiev, Rerikh and many others.

The end of 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century the Russian Museum continued growing and included numerous exhibiting areas in Stroganov Palace, Engineers Castle and Marble Palace. The complex also includes central gardens of the city (Mikhailovsky Gardens, Engineering Gardens, Summer Garden) and the House of Peter I. The workers of the Russian Museum take a good care of masterpieces of St Petersburg. 



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