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The Museum of Russian Art

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Address: 5500 Stevens Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Phone Number: (612) 821-9045
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Description: The Museum of Russian Art is the only museum in North America devoted to...
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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A fine addition to the Twin Cities art scene

A gem of a museum.It is easy to find, just off 35E. The ever changing exhibits give a glimpse into Russian history. It has started to branch into live entertainment and pop up... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

A gem of a museum.It is easy to find, just off 35E. The ever changing exhibits give a glimpse into Russian history. It has started to branch into live entertainment and pop up exhibits of just a few ( unfortunately) days. It has one of the best museum gift shops around. The transformation from a Spanish mission style church is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Fabulous small museum .. An hour and a half will allow you full visit. Best collection of Russian art outside Russia.. Frequently changing exhibitions, great variety, reasonably priced, lovely building nice shop and on site parking. A must for visitors to MSP

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

For a quick look at Russian and Soviet art, the small, compact museum offers a nice collection in a pleasant environment. The samovar exhibit in the basement highlights a key element of daily life, for example. Great museum store too.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I am biased. I never cared or knew about Russian art until we adopted two children from that country. While in Russia, we met an amazing host mother who snuck us into the Moscow museums as nationals. We saw such beautiful art there - and the collections that no one knew about. When I toured the Museum of Russian Art... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Housed in a repurposed Spanish Colonial-Revival church, this museum mostly features paintings produced during the Soviet era. Many belong to Minnesota collector Ray Johnson. With lush brushstrokes, they conjure idealized visions of life under Stalin. Ah the good old days. The museum also shows smaller temporary exhibitions photographs, porcelain, metalwork, and the like.

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Chanhassen, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We visit this place regularly. In fact, we were at their very opening in the City of Bloomington, MN. They started small. They are not huge still, but very interesting and very unique. Once in a while they exhibit very famous pieces of the fine Art from Russia, But their permanent exhibition is extremely interesting as well. Highly. recommended

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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

A small museum you can visit in a couple of hours. The exhibits change on a regular basis, so we'll be back.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Great little museum with many fine pieces of art. Interesting history too. I'll be happy to return in a year or so.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Beautifully restored old church housing ever changing Russian works of art and a very nice gift store that serves free warm tea or cider in the winter. Well worth a couple of hours

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The Museum of Russian Art is tucked into a former church just off the interstate. As we were staying downtown, we had two options in terms of transportation to TMORA: a taxi or three buses. We opted for a taxi (each way: about $20 including gratuity); the delightful museum was worth the cab fares plus the modest admission fees! Loved... More 

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