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Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

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Address: Volhonka St., 12, Moscow 119019, Russia
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+7 495 697-95-78
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Tue - Wed 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (Russian: Музеи изобразительных...

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (Russian: Музеи изобразительных искусств им. А.С. Пушкина) is the largest museum of European art in Moscow, located in Volkhonka street, just opposite the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The International musical festival Svyatoslav Richter's December nights has been held in the Pushkin museum since 1981.

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts holds one of Russia's largest collections of foreign art from ancient times to the present day. Its modern presentation introduces visitors to the Museum's extensive study collections of toned plaster casts reproducing works of Graeco-Roman art, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The Museum also houses original paintings and sculpture, drawings and examples of decorative and applied art.

In the halls on the ground floor original works of art are displayed from Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece and Rome, together with European paintings ranging in date from the 8th to the 8th centuries. Two halls, known as the Italian and Greek Courtyards, contain casts. The halls on the first floor display for visitors casts of art works from Ancient Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The halls, hung with paintings, exhibit works of art from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Known for its outstanding temporary exhibitions, this museum also has an impressive permanent collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist art.

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Raphael in Moscow - a great hit!

You can see a collection of replicas of world famous artists gathered in one place. From Assyria to Michelangelo - all in several halls to exit through the Golden Gate of Freiburg... read more

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have seen this museum after having seen the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, thus I might have underestimated the real value of the Pushkin. The Museum is really big, with a lot of stuff, but the masterpieces are very few, and most of the more beautiful works of art are copies of Italian sculptures (which is perfectly fine if you... More 

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You can see a collection of replicas of world famous artists gathered in one place. From Assyria to Michelangelo - all in several halls to exit through the Golden Gate of Freiburg Cathedral. The museum has many originals as well - Rembrandt and the masters of his school, post impressionism art – Paul Cézanne, Toulouse Lautrec, Paul Gauguin, Edgar de... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What was once conceived as a museum of copies, to host replicas of great European sculptures and architectural elements (eg: Verocchio, Donatello, Michelangelo statues, Pergam altar, della Quercia's Ilaria tomb from Lucca, della Robbia's bas reliefs from Pistoia hospital etc), amassed a serious trove of great original paintings after the October revolution of 1917, when many private collections and museums... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This gallery is one part of the Museum and is devoted predominantly to European Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and some avant-garde 20th century movements. For this reviewer, the range of works was unexpected and featured all the important Impressionists, resulting in a very enjoyable tour. Audio guides are available for a small fee. Security is tight as with all Moscow public venues.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016 via mobile

There is a collection that is a bit unclear mix (no English translation to the curator's words) with loans from different museums and private collections of paintings, statues, masks etc. Some are just wonderful. If you happen to be in Moscow on December, check for the December nights concerts - Classical music played in the museum's halls.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

Pushkin museum is actually a big conglomerate of several separate museums. There is a reconstruction undergoing: in 2018 this main building is scheduled to close for several years and by 2020 all these scattered exhibitions will be united in a big museum block with new spaces, underground passages, cafes, ticket booths and souvenir shops. Among the many exhibitions Art Gallery... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

This state museum hosts a great collection of important paintings of russian and Western European painters, amongst which a number of impresiionist. Take an hour to discover the beauty of it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

The museum is easily accessible using the Metro (Kropotkinskaya) but we had to take a diversion and complete the journey on foot due to line closures. Being opposite the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour the museum is easy to find from the bottom end of Alexander Gardens. Our Moscow Pass should have given us free entry, but it was not... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

If you come to Moscow, go to the Pushkin. The Assyrian collection is particularly good. You'll also find Egyptian and classical Greek artefacts, lots of Medieval art, and general European art through the seventeenth century. One of the world's great, if old-fashioned, museums. Go, and absolutely make sure you go to the 19th century annex next door to see the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

Highly recommend to see what s on in the moment and decide depending on your interest to the topic. The most valuable is that you can catch a collection/ picture or piece of art that you probably missed to see in other corners of the world. Pushkin State Museum would be the right place as it participates in cultural exchange... More 

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Khamovniki could be considered a city of its own – here it’s possible to find some of Moscow’s most important cultural institutions such as the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, the Novodevichy Convent and Trubetskikh Estate, great sport locations such as Luzhniki stadium and aqua complex, and long and beautiful Luzhniki embankment. Pick your preferred form of transport to explore the area – bicycle or river cruise during the summer and taxi in winter as many of the great places are situated beyond a short walk.
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