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The Museum of Russian Art

5500 Stevens Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55419
(612) 821-9045
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Ranked #11 of 114 attractions in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art 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... more » 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. « less
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Gilbert, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Great exhibit of pre-Soviet, Soviet and post-Soviet paintings. I was very impressed by the exhibit. The Johnson collection has 85,000 pieces which seem to be in rotation. The museum is formerly a church so the space is small, but they have used as much of the space as possible. There is no catalog for the current exhibition, but they do... More

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Minneapolis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

My daughter and I went to see the Viktor Khromin exhibit which was amazing. Though this museum is not large, the exhibits are well curated. In addition to the Khromin exhibit there were several modern and Soviet Era pieces. I thought the explanation near the paintings were excellent. It is in a converted church which is beautiful, but may present... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I went to the Russian art museums in Minneapolis for the first time and was very impressed. The staff is knowledgeable, they seem to love the exhibits, they tell you where they're from and the history behind the pieces if you approach them and ask questions, and they talk about how everything ties together. I went through the museum: completely... More

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Concord, CA
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Not at all what I was expecting. Very, very small museum. This museum consists of 3 floors, but each floor is essentially one small room, and almost all paintings. If you are hoping for anything other than paintings, you won't find it here. Also, no photography allowed. We saw it all in 20 minutes. I don't understand all the reviews... More

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Minneapolis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Set up in a converted church, experiencing the architecture is often just as powerful as experiencing the art. For a $7-8 fee you get to see works of the Russian masters as well as the art of religious and folk iconography. It's worth a revisit - exhibits change often. If you can, attend a museum party - more time to... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

TMORA is a lovely setting highlighting Russian art and culture. We have been there many times and each time are impressed on how beautifully the exhibit is designed. The museum consists of 3 floors. The main exhibit is usually showcased on the 1st and 2nd floors with a secondary exhibit in the lower level. The lighting is exceptional and the... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Grateful to the founder of this museum for bringing slices of the Russian "cake" for our close review here in Minnesota. This is a beautifully-curated "jewel" set here in south Minneapolis! The re-purposing of the previous congregational church building/structure is masterfully executed; art itself.

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Lawrence, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is a small museum, but its collection is highly focused and very informative. It is a little bit out of the downtown area, but is very conveniently located off I-35.

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central Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

This place was on my 'list' for years and when at last I visited I was delighted. What a lovely building….and both exhibitions that I saw were outstanding. It's a pity that this place is not more widely known. Even the gift shop was delightful, and I'm not usually enthralled by the retail side of museums and galleries.

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Prairie Village, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Beautiful art side trip while in Minneapolis!! The gift shop is amazing, lots of teas to try! Very relaxed and fascinating!

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