Fine Arts Museum

Fine Arts Museum, Murmansk: Hours, Address, Fine Arts Museum Reviews: 4/5

Fine Arts Museum
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

37 reviews
Very good

broadstairs328 contributions
Best Art Gallery I've Been In
Aug 2018 • Friends
I was just blown away by portraits which I don't normally like but these were alive.
Many were by anonymous artists and the rest by artists I'd never heard of.
I have visited the Prado, Guggenheim New York and Bilbao, Rijksmuseum, Hermitage,Turner Gallery, Tate Modern and Tate Britain but this is by far the best.
Written September 15, 2018
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Carlo R
Milan, Italy328 contributions
Worth a visit
Aug 2017 • Solo
Very nice art museum.

You can select the exhibitions you are most interested in, paying the corresponding ticket. I visited an exhibition centered on regional painters since the 18th century till modern times. Rather small, but there are quality paintings from local masters. A branch can be visited in 30 minutes, I guess all branches may be toured in about 1 hour and a half at most - the building is small.

Centrally located in a nice public garden between the railway station and the central square.

Please note they don't accept cards, only cash.
Written August 31, 2017
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Kirkenes, Norway35 contributions
Worth visiting!
Sep 2016 • Friends
Every time I am visiting Murmansk I have to go to this museum. The exhibitions are changing very often and here you can see the art of Murmansk region. I was lucky, I saw the visiting collection from Tretyakovskaja gallery.
Written October 22, 2016
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Troon, UK127 contributions
Don't miss this museum!
Jul 2016 • Solo
This fascinating museum contains a very interesting display of art painted by local Murmansk and Kola Peninsula artists, as well as a range of more temporary exhibitions on various themes in other rooms within the building. This being Murmansk, which is a city not yet really geared up to cater to foreign tourists, and not a city of the tourist experience and professionalism of London, Paris or Rome as some visitors seem to expect, the act of approaching the reception desk and requesting a visit is less than straightforward. In fact, in July 2016 when I visited, the building itself was being refurbished and was shrouded in scaffolding, and did not look open. As this is the oldest stone building in the city, constructed in 1927, this refurbishment is an important task being performed by the city authorities. There was a nervous young soldier on the door, rifle in hand, ensuring that nothing untoward was going to take place, and I resisted the temptation to play up to his unfounded fears by acting oddly or suspiciously. Presently I was permitted to pass into the gallery by this soldier after he had looked me up and down to ascertain my motives for visiting. For a mere £1.50 fee, I was permitted to view one room of my choice within the museum, so I opted for the Murmansk artists room. I declined the option to see the children’s drawings display and a modern photography exhibition, as well as another room whose contents I could not decipher on the room plan. I was delighted to find that in the art room there was a wonderful collection of paintings of various historical and contemporary views of the city painted by local artists in the past 100 years or so, and I very much enjoyed wandering among the exhibits. All the while during my stroll around the gallery, I was aware of the presence of a suspicious fifty-something lady from the museum lurking just around each corner, covertly watching my every move. As a westerner, was I here to commit some dastardly act of anti-Soviet espionage or vandalism, or was it the case that I was just a fascinated 21st century tourist, keen to enjoy one of the main attractions of this intriguing city?
Anyway, in summary, this is one of the highlights of any visit to Murmansk and, as the entrance fee is minimal, a visit here should be placed near the top of the to-do list of any visitor to this amazing city.
Written August 6, 2016
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Ballasalla, UK126 contributions
Closed on Tuesday
Jul 2016
You will have trouble finding the door. Here it is in the photo, to help. Don't be put off if it is locked, ring the bell. Immediately inside the door the first thing you will meet is a 5 year supply of toilet paper. Them the people who are paid to sit doing nothing except make sure no-one gets in and enjoys their visit. Honestly they have no idea about tourism or making people feel welcome. Don't bother.
Written July 19, 2016
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Murmansk Oblast, Russia121 contributions
A rip off for what's on offer
Jul 2015 • Friends
Went specifically to see an exhibition of Soviet and Great Patriotic War posters which are on the second floor until the end of August, and to be fair they were very good, but the general attitude of the majority of people working in this particular art gallery is quite off-putting. There is never much friendliness, and most of the old ladies show more interest in sitting all day completing their wordsearch books than trying to be helpful or friendly to visitors.
The range of exhibits isn't that great, and unfortunately you have to pay upfront in reception to enter each room, and as this costs at least double if you are a foreigner it can work out to be far too expensive for what's on offer. Plus, how do you know whether something is worth paying for if you don't have any inkling about what's there or the quantity/quality of exhibits?
Written July 27, 2015
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Kathleen M
Fribourg, Switzerland292 contributions
Fascinating special exhibitions
Jul 2012 • Friends
Our group had an all-too-brief hour or so at this museum on the way back from our cruise of the White Sea. There was a vast special exhibition of, in the main, evocative Himalayan paintings by Nicholas Roerich. The explanatory texts (in Russian) were rather more informative than the account we were given by the young American guide - he seemed under the impression that Hitler had 'invaded' England during WW2 - and was certainly no art historian. Another room had a charming exhibit of elegant evening handbags partnered with 19th century portraits of women. The third special feature displayed colourful cartoons showing Russian soldiers during the Napoleonic Wars. From those, it would seem that a good time was had by all when the Russians reached Paris.
There's a well-stocked gift shop with a wide range of Russian souvenirs in the basement - make sure you have ample change, rather than large denomination notes.
Written August 21, 2012
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Barcelona, Spain52 contributions
Mixture of art pieces
Nov 2011 • Couples
Most Murmasnk region paintist are presentind there. Also have some temporary expositions from other regions and some festivals take place there.
Written May 29, 2012
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