Museum of Russian Icons

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Museum of Russian Icons
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The Museum of Russian Icons was founded in 2006 as a nonprofit educational institution by Massachusetts art collector and industrialist Gordon B. Lankton. With more than 700 Russian icons and artifacts, the collection is the largest of its kind in North America, and one of the largest private collections outside Russia. Spanning six centuries, the collection includes important historical paintings dating from the earliest periods of icon "writing" to the present. The Museum facility is 16,000 square feet and comprises several galleries, research library, archive storage, conservation studio, an auditorium accommodating programs, lectures and concerts, the Russian Tea Room, terrace, and green roof.
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Trainman334
Marlborough, MA529 contributions
Great surprise in Clinton MA
Jan 2020
Through a series of events I won't bother you with, I wound up with a couple of passes to this museum. I wasn't really going to even use them, but my wife reminded me one day; so off we went. And I was glad we did. This is a real professionally run operation. We spent two hours here, half of which was at a special display devoted to Russian ballet. Because of the high quality of this exhibit, I plan to keep an eye out for other rotating special exhibits. In the regular exhibit halls, I was amazed that we were able to get up close and personal with carved icons that were hundreds of years old. And the artistry in these unusual items was nothing less than stunning. There are places to sit and to get refreshments. The staff is very approachable and very helpful. This museum is something you would expect to find in Boston, New York or Chicago. One of many pleasant surprises in the little town of Clinton, which sits next to a beautiful reservoir, has some very good restaurants and a beautiful old movie theater. The one thing it could use is some more parking. This museum has none. There is a public lot about a block and a half away and another about four blocks away. I lucked out on some on-street parking in front of the place; but I wouldn't count on that!
Written February 10, 2020
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Thank you so much for the kind review. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience. The special exhibitions rotate every couple of months, and we have a robust lineup this year. We agree that the parking situation isn't ideal but the town of Clinton recently completed a parking study to improve access to the museum, restaurants, and shops downtown. We look forward to your next visit!
Written February 13, 2020
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rachaelf666
Holyoke, MA86 contributions
Surprisingly enjoyable
Nov 2019
We stopped in on a lark and were pleasantly surprised by how interesting the collection is. We also made time to have tea and gingerbread in the tea room–which was lovely. The staff was all very friendly and gave us a really helpful run down of the museum when we came in. First Sunday of the month they offer free admission (which was a nice surprise on our visit.)
Written November 3, 2019
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We're so glad you decided to stop in on a whim and hope that you will be back again soon!
Written November 4, 2019
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Laura M
St. Augustine, FL39 contributions
Well worth a visit
Oct 2019
I enjoyed my visit. Not somewhere that you will spend hours, but still very interesting. Very informative.
Written October 26, 2019
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We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again soon!
Written November 4, 2019
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John H
Walpole, MA137 contributions
Off the Beaten Path - An Oustanding Museum
Oct 2019
The Museum of the Russian Icons is a museum, which one would expect in a major city. Although I have visited to take adavantage of the various visiting exhibitions, I have always been drawn back to the quality of the permanent items on display.
Written October 24, 2019
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We have always been told that this museum should be in Boston or NYC, but we love our little home in Clinton! We're so glad to hear that you are a repeat visitor and hope that we can always provide you with something new and exciting to look forward to.
Written November 4, 2019
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tashahal
47 contributions
A sparkling jewel of a museum to browse and to enjoy
Oct 2019
This museum is most unusual and a very special place to visit. I is inexpensive to visit and even to join and my husband and I have enjoyed their informational programs as well as the fine art displayed throughout this very special museum. It has been collected and donated by a man whose passion it was, and his saints and angels gaze at you in vibrant or faded colors from its walls. Their programs have great educational value, and their gift shop is filled with interesting, unique ittems great for giving as well as for owning. Do go soon and enjoy!
Written October 19, 2019
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Thank you for the kind review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoy the museum and everything it has to offer.
Written November 4, 2019
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BilB126357
Boston, MA80 contributions
Small but excellent
Aug 2019
As the title of the museum suggests, this is a very specific museum. That being said, it really is an exceptional collection. It is well organized and has nice descriptions/stories that can be listened to with the audio guide. I would recommend it.
Written September 11, 2019
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Thank you for the kind review! While our permanent collection consists primarily of icons, we explore Slavic arts and culture through our temporary exhibitions, which we rotate every three to four months. So there is always something new to see! We're glad to hear you enjoyed the audio tour.
Written September 13, 2019
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Beatrix T
5 contributions
Russian icons museum visit
Aug 2019
Superb museum with an amazing collection of icons , excellent information on the art of icons making and Russian orthodox beliefs. Very knowledgeable docents.
Written August 6, 2019
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Thank you for the great review. Our docents are a wonderful resource to our visitors and each gives a unique tour. We hope you visit again soon!
Written August 7, 2019
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michaelklimowicz
Leominster, MA81 contributions
Museum of Russian Icons
Aug 2019 • Solo
Enjoyed return visit recently to see beautiful collection of Russian Icons. Museum very well set up with several floors to maximize exhibiting artworks and maintain traffic flow in space. Opportunity to even learn about the making of Icons as part of museum exhibits. Recent temporary religious art exhibit was very well done, and made this extra worth my return visit. Nice to have this museum on Summer Free Fridays, giving
more opportunities for viewing by all generations.
Written August 4, 2019
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Thank you for the kind review. We're so glad you made a return visit! Not only do we participate in Free Fun Fridays during the summer, but we offer free admission on the First Sunday of every month, year-round.
Written August 7, 2019
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ANA
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Small but very nicely curated
Jul 2019 • Family
I have been to several icon museums in Europe and wasn't sure what to expect from a local museum in MA. I must say that I was very positively impressed.
While the permanent collection is rather small, it is very well curated. This means that you may not see hundreds of icons, but those that you will see will be meaningful and you will have an easier time navigating the museum - thus not feeling overwhelmed.
Also, the museum has a very generous section for temporary exhibits. The one that I saw (Wrestling with Angels) was fantastic. I guess this is also a bonus to return to the museum frequently.
Written July 30, 2019
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Thank you for the kind review! We actually have over 1,000 icons and related artifacts in our collection, but only display around 200 at any given time. We occasionally rotate the icons on view in the main galleries so that visitors can view as many of our treasures as possible. We're glad that you did not find the experience overwhelming - there is so much to learn about icons and we try to make the information digestible in one visit. Special exhibitions rotate every 4-5 months, so there is always something new to see! We hope you can visit us again soon.
Written July 31, 2019
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Chris_vonR
Montreal, Canada391 contributions
Interesting, well-preserved collection!
May 2019 • Couples
A very large collection of Russian Orthodox icons (the largest outside of Russia), which is actually an important historical preservation, as many icons were destroyed during the soviet period and they may no longer be taken out of Russia. The museum does a good job of explaining the symbolism and styles on icons, and has a Russian tea area, and features a nice gift shop. Worth a detour to see, particularly if you are interested in icons or orthodox/Russian culture!
Written June 23, 2019
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Thank you for the kind review! Our collection provides a comprehensive overview of the iconographic tradition in Russia, and we're lucky to have so many of these cultural treasures in our care. Our special exhibitions are always changing, so we hope you come back for another visit!
Written June 28, 2019
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