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“A pleasant surprise” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Museum of Russian Art

The Museum of Russian Art
5500 Stevens Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55419
(612) 821-9045
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Ranked #8 of 91 Attractions in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art museums, Museums
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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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“A pleasant surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

A stellar collection in a relatively small space. An overlooked gem in the Twin Cities. If you have any interest in Russian art, this is a must

Visited July 2012
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Gorgeous Place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

I loved this building as much as I loved the artwork. We went to see a special exhibit: "Dinner With the Tsars: Russian Imperial Porcelain." The collection was very impressive (from Oshkosh, WI), as was the rest of the museum. I highly recommend this museum!

Visited November 2011
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Duluth, Minnesota
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“not worth it”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

I wanted to like this place. It has some gold crosses downstairs, which I think was a special exhibit. The other two floors and blurry, heavy oil paintings. Not my style. That was it. No eggs, no ceramics, nothing. Disappointing. Go to the art MN institute of arts. Free and much better.

Visited October 2012
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Nice little gem of a museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

Beautiful paintings and exhibits. The gift shop has wonderful items, especially at Christmas and Easter.

Visited October 2012
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“What a Gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

Lovely building, smaller scale with maximum impact. Very well conceived spaces carved out of it's previous lives and uses. The staff is very personable. The exhibits we saw were stimulating. The location and room where the generously sized gift shop is located is particularly beautiful. It is well worth your time to visit this welcome addition to the Art Museums located within the Twin Cities.

Visited September 2012
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