It’s another priority for you if you want to touch the Russian art. The museum houses about 400 000 exhibits and covers the history of the Russian art from the 12th century icons to the 20th century avant-garde. You must have heard the names of Kazimir Malevich, Wassily Kandinsky, Marc Chagall, etc. And of course you are welcome to see their paintings in the museum. A major part of the collections is on display in the Michael’s Palace located on the Square of Arts. Meanwhile, the museum collections occupy a number of other buildings: the Stroganov Palace, the Marble Palace, the Michael’s Castle, the Log Cabin of Peter I, the Summer Palace of Peter I in the Summer Garden.
The idea to found this museum belonged to Alexander III. It was solemnly opened in 1898 by his son Nicolas II in honor of his father. The museum exhibits came from the Hermitage, the Museum of the Academy of Fine Arts, the royal palaces, as well as private sources.
In a chronological order you will see Russian icons and paintings, sculptures, pieces of applied art. Although the building was remodeled for the museum needs it still displays a few original interiors, including the Main Staircase and White Drawing Room.
Open 10:00-18:00, Adm. 10:00-17:00
Monday 10:00-17, Adm. 10:00-16:00
Closed on Tuesday, last Monday every month
Address: 4 Inzhenernaya ul.