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Russian Museum of Ethnography

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Address: Inzhenernaya St., 4/1 | Metro: Nevsky Prospekt/Gostiny Dvor, St. Petersburg 191011, Russia
Phone Number: 7-812-570-54-21
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Description: The folk art, crafts, dress and lifestyles of the various peoples and...
The folk art, crafts, dress and lifestyles of the various peoples and tribes who inhabited the vast expanse of territory in the former USSR are portrayed on the two floors of this unusual museum.
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Arts of Russia that's NOT tedious and NEVER DIES!

Visited on 3 Oct 2012, this is one of the most interesting museums! It has a combination of national paintings-Tsars Nicholas II, Alexander I, and so forth and contemporary arts... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Beijing, China
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Beijing, China
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116 reviews 116 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Visited on 3 Oct 2012, this is one of the most interesting museums! It has a combination of national paintings-Tsars Nicholas II, Alexander I, and so forth and contemporary arts such as pattern paintings, Ractrelli, Repin and other sculptures. Definately a fascinating museum to be to see what Russian and European arts are like. Here also has souvenir shops that... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Fascinating insight into Russian culture with some truly unique things on display but the overall experience suffers from lack of clear explanations, strange navigation and standoffish staff. Worth a visit if you're in town for 5 days or more, if it's just the weekend, you can afford to give it a miss.

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

A really interesting museum, that has a bit of everything for almost anyone. Huge paintings by Ilya Repin, costumes, textiles, hand-carved objects, amber jewelry, dioramas. I was hesitant at first, as it didn't seem as though the museum was even open, and the entry area is a little strange. Of course some of the guard ladies were who you'd expect... More 

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Brisbane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

I visited on my last day on St Petersburg, and I have been thankful ever since. Sometimes it is good to get away from paintings and architecture and see how people lived in a bygone era of villages and tribes. It is a truly wonderful museum about ancient (and non-so-ancient) Russian tribes. The tribes represented in the showcases have dummies... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

I asked our tour guide to take us to this museum and she hadn't been there before. I found it fascinating, with displays showing costumes and artefacts from the different tribes who lived around Russia - lots of yurts and beautiful fabrics. A complete surprise to find nearly the whole of the first floor dedicated to a new exhibition about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

İt's a must! İf you really want to understand culture of this big country,you should go there!!! It is just next door to Russian Museum.There is nice collection of costumes ,photographs, hand made equipment and accessories.

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Grand Prairie, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This was a great experience walking slowly through this interesting museum. We enjoyed having a friend who could converse with the docents, and learned about various people and bits of history.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Wonderful museum to see all the arts and crafts of the ethnic groups of greater Russia roughly 1 - 1,5 century ago. I marvelled at how carefully all the displayes were crafted. One part of the museum is currently being renovated, one wing is already renovated, and the other still await updating. The updated part is wonderfully done with insightful... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Years ago there was a huge Soviet painted mural on the back wall of the museum, across the whole width and around the stairs. It was incredible. Last time I saw it was in 1997 or 1998. At the time, it was viewed with disdain by local people. Does anyone know if it is still there. My concern was that... More 

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Kennebunkport, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

We only had time at the end of our stay for one museum, so we picked the Russian Ethnography Museum and it was a good choice. The museum showcases the lifestyles and culture of the various peoples of Russia through costumes, artifacts and photographs in tableaux and displays. On the first floor, overall descriptions were in English but not the... More 

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