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Russian Museum of Ethnography

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Address: Inzhenernaya St., 4/1 | Metro: Nevsky Prospekt/Gostiny Dvor, St. Petersburg 191011, Russia
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The folk art, crafts, dress and lifestyles of the various peoples and...

The folk art, crafts, dress and lifestyles of the various peoples and tribes who inhabited the vast expanse of territory in the former USSR are portrayed on the two floors of this unusual museum.

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If you're into textiles don't miss this

A fantastic museum covering dress and textiles across the Russian peoples. Quality is first rate, though it would be great if there were more technical details, in Russian or for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Fiona B
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fantastic museum covering dress and textiles across the Russian peoples. Quality is first rate, though it would be great if there were more technical details, in Russian or for me, in English. I spent a very happy 3 hours there!

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Russian Museum of Ethnography is right in the middle of St. Petersburg, a short walk off Nevsky Prospekt. Two floors full of displays of beautiful folk art and crafts and costume. There were several craftsmen there doing demonstrations---weaving, woodcarving, one man was even making wooden whistles. The coolest part is that kids were encouraged by the artisans to sit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We put this on the list because my sister teaches geography. It's a really beautiful building, and interesting museum. Compared to the massive scale of other museums in the area, it was small, and we saw the entire collection in about an hour and a half. The staff was very kind to us, and seemed pleased to have visitors. The... More 

Thank AnRene
Boston area
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

My son and I went to this museum on a Sunday. The museum houses vast collections of artifacts from the different groups that make up the country - the variety is impressive. The building itself – built as an extension of the Russian Museum in 1905-1915, had some nicer spaces and others that were more plain or worn. Moderately good... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

It's a beautiful building but I learnt very little. There were no explanations in English or audio guides available. The one card written in English just gave an overview of the museum. So take someone who speaks Russian to get something out of it. I am on a Russian language course in St Petersburg but my skills were too poor... More 

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Chengdu, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Probably the best Ethnographic museum I have ever seen or visited. I loved the models of the Russian villages, or Selos, the reconstructions of houses and cabins. the clothing is impressive, but you kind of expect that. Even more, the building and especially the great hall, and knowing that it was all constructed for this purpose is impressive! I get... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

With a country that spans such a huge part of the Earth's surface, there are many ethnicities, and this museum is an interesting way to spend an hour or two, if you are interested. Most labels in English, but some are only in Russian. The costumed mannequins are fun to see - some very colorful costumes.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

The museum has interesting displays of the wide variety of ethnic groups in the Russian Empire and the Russian Federation. There are displays of work and hunting tools, clothing, textiles and figures or photos of the peoples. The section with ceremonial clothing was particularly striking. The various items often have only minimal English descriptions--sometimes only titles. Not enough maps to... More 

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Sliema, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

My husband and I stumbled upon the Russian Museum of Ethnography while actually looking for a completely different museum. I would consider it my favorite experience in St Petersburg, even ahead of the Hermitage, which can be a bit overwhelming. The ticket prices were very low and there was hardly another visitor in the museum! One is free to take... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

By visiting this museum you realize how many cultures and people are living in Russia. A big diversity of way of living and crafts in the past and present combined in one nation. Impressive.

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