State Russian Museum

State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg: Hours, Address, State Russian Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

State Russian Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Nevskiy
How to get there
  • Nevsky Prospekt • 6 min walk
  • Gostiny Dvor • 8 min walk
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4.5
3,243 reviews
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553
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151
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Terrible
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John M
Houston, TX23 contributions
Feb 2020
This Art Museum is a manageable Art Museum Dedicated to Russian Classical Art. Everyone wants to go to the Hermitage - which is a meandering museum which really takes three days, otherwise it is a whirlwind trot trying to keep up with the tour guide. On the other hand this museum is very well laid out and affords the visitor a true Russian experience. You can take in the whole museum in several hours at a manageable pace. It is housed in a beautiful palace, that is much more pleasing than the Hermitage. It has cafes and restrooms which are easily accessible. (Hint, any cultural event that you want to experience in Russia at leisure should occur in the morning. About 11 am the international tour buses begin showing up. We got there at 10 am and there was no wait. When we left at 1 pm the line was so long that they were admitting people in groups of 30 an estimated wait time of 30 - 45 minutes. This is going to be true for any of the major Russian museums or cultural events. Get there in the morning. Tour guides like there groups to have leisurely breakfast, ;have to get them loaded on the bus and then make it through the streets of St. Petersburg and they all get there about the same time)
Written March 6, 2020
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FrederickWentworth
Rouen, France985 contributions
Feb 2020
We have been there several times in the past but it is always a pleasure to see again and again the gorgeous works by Malevich and Kandinsky. This year we went there primarily for the major Repin exhibition which was most enjoyable and instructive. Go while it lasts because we never see his paintings in Western Europe and it is a shame.
Written March 10, 2020
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Harvey H
107 contributions
Mar 2020
For any art lover, this is your museum. It is only Russian artists' works here. The icons and paintings range from hundreds of years old to modern day. It is a must see museum in Saint Petersburg.
Written July 10, 2020
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Hanna
Milwaukee, WI44 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
My rating doesn’t have much to do with museum itself but rather people working. Tickets were only available for 5pm with museum closing at 6pm. We came at 4:30pm and were lucky to get in.
Beautiful paintings by classic Russian artists: Shishkin, Surikov, Vasnetsov, Aivazovsky… At 5:43pm one of the attendants in the last halls on the first floor started yelling for everyone to get out as museum was closing. Just when I finally found Moonlit Night on the Dniepr by Kuindzhi - the continuous nagging didn’t let me to enjoy the painting for a minute. One of the other attendants switched the light off in her hall. Again, way before 6pm. Several were on their phones.
Very different experience from what I imagined when people are passionate about the art they work with and want to share that with the public.
If you go, go early to enjoy uninterrupted experience.
Written August 9, 2021
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Diptych
Hampton, UK1,138 contributions
Feb 2020
A great museum that would certainly have merited 5 stars in my reviewing were it not for the fact that my wife's gloves disappeared from her coat's deep pockets whilst it was in the care of the cloakroom attendants. Just be certain not to leave any valuables in your pockets and you will not leave this museum with an unpleasant taste in your mouth as we did unfortunately. The current exhibition featuring the work of the Russian painter Repin is spellbinding.
Written February 19, 2020
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Alexander_Kudrin
Samara, Russia8,759 contributions
Dec 2021 • Solo
A wonderful museum located in the Mikhailovsky Palace.
A rich collection of Russian art in beautiful interiors.
Health and safety - temperature at the entrance, you need to scan the QR code, present your passport, the requirement to maintain social distance, wear a mask, employees wear masks.
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Written January 22, 2022
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InnaYYZ
Toronto, Canada1,489 contributions
Mar 2019 • Business
This museum houses an incredible number of Russian masterpieces. I did find it a little difficult going through the museum. Next time, I will try to take a floor plan.
Written August 10, 2019
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Valentin
St. Petersburg, Russia1,041 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
It was private collection of our emperor Aleksander III, which was opened by his son Nikolas II Recommended for everyone
Written May 29, 2019
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Hong Kong, China4,215 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
It looks grand from outside. But the museum collections are boring.
I could only find very few interesting pieces. I would rather spend the time to wonder around the street instead of coming here. Don't waste your time unless you are staying in St Petersburg for a week.
Written August 26, 2019
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Heironymous
Santa Ana, Costa Rica121 contributions
Not far from Palace Square (and surrounded by decent restaurants), is the most excellent Mikhaelovski Palace more commonly known as the Russian Museum. This was my second favorite museum in Russia - behind only the Hermitage.

First of all, it's in a palace beautiful in its own right.

Second, you're not as likely to be subject to the mass crowds at the Hermitage. (Although you will run into the occasional tour gruop or students led by a teacher)

Most importantly, it is filled with beautiful art by artists you've likely never heard of. Some you may have, if you've studied Russian history (Repin and the like), but Schedrin, Ivazovski, Roerich - the list goes on and on. This isn't just boring icons -beautiful seascapes, modern art and excellent impressionism is intermixed with your standard portraits and well-done marble work.

When you leave you're treated to a beautiful view of the Church on Spilled Blood (Spas na Kravi) to your right.

The two of them followed by an excellent Georgian restaurant make for a day well-spent.
Written April 5, 2008
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State Russian Museum is open:
  • Wed - Wed 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thu - Thu 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Fri - Mon 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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