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“Beautiful and Unique!” 5 of 5 stars
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State Russian Museum
Inzhenernaya St., 4 | Metro: Gostiny Dvor, Nevskiy Prospekt, St. Petersburg 191011, Russia
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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 and historically significant Mikhailovsky Palace.
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“Beautiful and Unique!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

I really enjoyed my rather quick tour through this museum, and would have loved to spend a little more time there, even. It was refreshing to see a collection of Russian art, apart from all of the other classical art within St. Petersburg. Granted, there is plenty of classicism within this museum, as well, but visitors are privy to an exploration of art's evolution within Russia, following trends, European imitations, and art demonstrative of peasant life..

Perhaps it's overly common, but my favorite pieces were two portraits of Anna Akhmatova, as well as the Ivan Aivazovsky paintings and a striking sculpture of Catherine the Great..

It's definitely worth a visit while in St. Petersburg. =)

Visited November 2013
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“Fantastic museum in a grand building. You need a whole day to visit. you can have a break at the cafe.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Fantastic museum. Start with the Icons and go through Russias history. There are som very famous painter displayed in each room. You can finishe With both modern art and hanycraft.
The building itself are a fantastic old castle

Visited October 2013
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“10 centuries of Russian Art in a beautiful palace.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

The Russian Museum houses one of the best collections of Russian art and craft in the World, from medieval icons to masterpieces by 20th century artists, and includes many landmarks in the history of Russian art, such as Bruillov's 'The Last Day of Pompeii', and Repin's 'The Barge Haulers'. The museum consists of two connected buildings, the Mikhailovsky Palace houses Russian art and sculpture up to 1900, while 20th century art is housed in the Benois Wing.

The museum is laid out chronologically, starting with early religious icons in Room 1, and moving on through the centuries.
The rooms of 20th century art are particularly interesting, featuring many artists’ work you won’t have seen outside of Russia. The Avant-garde was particularly active in Russia between 1910 and 1930, developing entirely new genres including Cubo-Futurism, Rayonism, Suprematism and Constructivism. The collection has works by every major Russian artist of the 1920’s; Exter, Rodchenko, Filonov, Goncharova, Malevich, Tatlin and many more. From 1932 onwards the only acceptable style of art and literature was Socialist Realism, with its heroic idealised workers, and socialist themes, which are represented in paintings here.

In addition to paintings the museum has collections of drawings, graphic design, sculpture, coins, folk art, glass, porcelain, and furniture from the past 300 years, together with contemporary art, installations, video and photography.
The museum also has a charming 8 hectare garden, laid out to a 19th century design.

The Russian Museum is definitely worth a visit, and is a much more manageable size then the State Hermitage Museum, which can be rather overwhelming.

Opening times: 10am-5pm Monday. 10am-6pm Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. 1pm till 9pm on Thursday.
Closed Tuesdays.The ticket office shuts 30 minutes before the museum closes.

Admission: Adults 350 rubles. Students and children150 rubles.

Public transport: Nearest Metro, Nevsky Prospekt and Gostiny Dvor.

For further information check the museum website.

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“Some wonderful exhibits, great for an afternoon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013 via mobile

Although still housing a vast collection the state museum is much more manageable than some of the larger collections in the city. There is a considerable diversity of exhibits including some rather unusual, folk art springs to kind.

Entry fee is pretty minimal and there are some great modern collections too, it's all not all Russian nobility although you might want to speed up on the first floor if that's not your bag!

Visited October 2013
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“The cafe worths the visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Amazing building, very nice expositions, very good location - close to all what you will have to see. Had a wonderful break in the cafe.

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