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State Russian Museum

Inzhenernaya str., 4 | Metro stations: Gostiny Dvor, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg 191186, Russia
595-42-48
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As featured in 3 days in St. Petersburg
Ranked #10 of 995 attractions in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Art Museums, Museums, History Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Countless masterpieces, ranging from 12th-century icons to 20th-century paintings, are displayed at this important art museum housed in the splendid... more » Owner description: Countless masterpieces, ranging from 12th-century icons to 20th-century paintings, are displayed at this important art museum housed in the splendid and historically significant Mikhailovsky Palace. « less
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San Diego, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I'm actually not an art fan, but I love portraits. I had actually planned to see the Hermitage on Monday but found, to my chagrin, that Monday is their day off. So went to the Russian Museum by chance. Wow! Just around the corner from the Cathedral of the Spilled blood; short lines and not nearly as crowded as the... More

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Windsor, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

A group of us from Canada who were on a Baltic Sea cruise hired guides Katherine, the tour guide and Sergei, the bus driver, from Alla Tours to help us tour St. Petersburg for 2 days. We visited the Yusupov Palace, Peterhof Upper Garden and Fountains Park, the Catherine Palace, took the hydrofoil boat, visited the Hermitage, rode the subway,... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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102 reviews 102 reviews
24 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I loved this museum. Not such a sumptuous and ornate building as the Hermitage and Winter Palace, but the building is still huge and impressive, and so is the collection. Scores and scores of rooms, with plenty of information in English as well as Russian. I concentrated on the paintings and there's far more here than I could take in... More

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Paris
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52 reviews 52 reviews
12 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I voluntarily skipped this museum on my first trip to St. Petersburg, and must admit I should have gone there rightaway. It is very instructive and gives an unbiased view on russian art and culture.

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New York City, New York
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Fantastic museum - if you are into Russian art, it will take you on a journey from the time when the first icons were created by local artists to the 20th century.

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This museum's collection of Russian art is well-curated and easy to navigate. We spent about 2 hours here and saw the best of the displays. The gift shop also is the place to buy authentic crafts.

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Chicago, Illinois
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The museum is set up chronologically, from religious art to current times. It is interesting to contrast what was happening in Russia with what was happening in Western Europe at the time, and see how religion and governments influenced the styles. It was also quiet during our visit, welcome after the crowds at other sites in St Petersburg. Maybe not... More

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Hastings on Hudson, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I enjoyed this museum more than the Hermitage, which is so crowded in high season that you can hardly walk through it. The Russian museum is much more manageable. There is a wonderful collection of Russian icons including a half dozen masterpieces. The folk art is also terrific.

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Belgrade
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I left the Russian Museum bigger impression than the famous Hermitage. Beautiful Russian works, especially realism, the current exhibition of the first World War is authentic.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
27 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The State Russian Museum is around the corner from the Church on Spilled Blood. It houses only Russian art, and is much smaller and less crowded than the Hermitage. It's definitely worth visiting for a look into the history of Russian culture. Get the self-guided audio tour to understand the artists and the art.

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