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The Museum of Russian Art

Address: 5500 Stevens Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Phone Number: (612) 821-9045
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Ranked #9 of 94 Attractions in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: The Museum of Russian Art is the only museum in North America devoted to preserving and presenting...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: The Museum of Russian Art is the only museum in North America devoted to preserving and presenting all forms of Russian art and artifacts. Housed in a beautifully renovated historic building, the Museum’s multi-level galleries provide a tranquil and intimate setting for TMORA’s exhibitions and educational events. Now on view: Women in Soviet Art: focusing on the representation and self-representation of women in Soviet art, this exhibition explores the roles and perspectives of women under the Soviet system from the 1950s–1980s.Jewish Life in the Russian Empire: Exhibited for the first time in 1867 at the seminal ethnographic exhibit in Moscow, the photographs depict a unique record of Jewish life in Tsarist Russia. It tells the story of Jewish communities within the Pale of Settlement, a region where permanent residency of Jewish peoples was allowed. Jewish Life in the Russian Empire will be on display in the lower gallery.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

This museum is in a beautiful old church, and is a beautiful place to display pieces of art. The art is beautiful and interesting, and the people working there are knowledgable about it. The gift shop is superb!Check it out!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This is not the type of museum where one learns a swath of Russian history; rather it is in intimate museum with some quaint artifacts and some wonderful oil paintings loaned from Raymond and Susan Johnson. On the first floor (or basement) is a very interesting (and temporary?) exhibit on Christmas ornaments throughout Russian history. This may sound corny, but... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This museum is relatively small, but filled with many unique and beautiful pieces of art and history. There are three levels, and the exhibits change frequently. The store on the third level is filled with more beautiful things to peruse and purchase. I also really enjoyed the way they have turned this building itself into something unique and special. It... More 

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Groton, CT
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160 reviews 160 reviews
47 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

They have a wonderful permanent collection and periodic exhibits. There is art and history presented in a very interesting way. Plan to spend at least an hour.

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Lino Lakes, Minnesota
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72 reviews 72 reviews
16 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Though I have lived in the Twin Cities most of my life this was my first visit to this museum. It costs $9 for adult admission and if you take your time looking and reading takes about 2 hours or so. They change exhibits every 3 months. Right now they have Winter Holidays in the Soviet Era. It has a... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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51 reviews 51 reviews
20 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Conveniently located, right next to the 54th Street/Diamond Lake exit off 35W. Parking in the church lot across the street. Easily toured in an hour, but with enough stuff to take 3 hours to see. Remarkably well curated, with a revolving door that makes every visit a new experience. Nice little shop for gifts, and a corner with tables for... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Special exhibits are very interesting. The gift shop is the place to go if you like to feel you're shopping at the Hermitage.

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White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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73 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Visited here for the first time after hearing many good things about the Museum of Russian Art; it was better than anticipated. Current exhibit on the lower level is "Winter Holidays in the Soviet Era," which was outstanding. One learns about the Soviet elimination of Christmas after the revolution, and then the introduction of a Christmas-like holiday on New Years... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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27 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

SInce TMORA is in our neighborhood, we visit it often. The latest exhibit focusing on wood is really a treat for the eye. Not only are there paintings with trees and/or forests a prominent theme but a number of wood window frames constructed and painted in detail to denote the wealth of the owner are displayed. The walls are always... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a charming small museum well curated and beautifully maintained. It can easily be enjoyed in under two hours.

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