Museum of Russian Icons
Museum of Russian Icons
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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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David B
Massachusetts370 contributions
Jan 2023 • Friends
My wife and I have lived nearby for decades and finally decided to visit. The museum is a collection of Russian Orthodox Christian icons which are basically religious art on wood panels with most from the 1600’s to 1800’s. It did have a very religious feel which didn’t bother us. The museum was smaller than I expected and despite other reviews indicating how helpful the staff was, we had very limited interaction and nobody was walking around to answer any questions. It would be nice if they had more benches to sit and some information that was critical to understanding the paintings was on the bottom floor and we began our visit on the top floor so we didn’t learn this key information until the end of our visit.

We spent about an hour here. Parking could be difficult since it’s mainly street parking. If you’ve been to tea rooms before, don’t expect anything from this tea room. It was extremely underwhelming - more like a car dealership self-serve tea station. I’m glad we finally saw it, but I doubt we’ll visit again.
Written January 29, 2023
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Ioannis P
1 contribution
Dec 2021
A unique, remarkable, enjoyable museum, you will not find a better one of its kind outside Russia. The permanent collection is comprehensive, education, and well organized. The special exhibits are really unique, interesting, and informative.
Written December 23, 2021
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NYU62
Tucson, AZ18,120 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
We come to Worcester every year for two weeks, and stay at the Worcester Marriott Residence Inn. Last year, towards the end of our stay, a friend from southern CT told us about this Museum. However, it was too late for us to squeeze in a visit. This year, it was at the top of our list.

We rent cars without GPS, and we do manage to lose ourselves often on country roads in New England. I asked our front desk for directions on how to get to Clinton, and was told to take a left out of the Hotel, go to R-70, make a right and it will take you right there. We did that, and in 20 minutes we were parking our car. It is so close.

We loved the building as soon as we saw it. It is amazing what they have done to it to retain its character and integrity. My husband is a retired architect, and he especially noticed all the quality detailing. No short cuts taken here! It is just beautiful !

It is fitting that it be so beautiful as it houses such a beautiful collection inside. The displays are so artfully completed. Each icon is exhibited as if it were the "star" of the show. Such care and caring have gone into the presentation of these icons. We have always cared about museums and exhibits, but when you are in the presence of something so lovingly presented, you care even more.

We got there just about the time they opened at 11 am. First we toured the Soviet propaganda display (that took about one hour and 20 minutes), then, we had our hands stamped and went to "The Old Timer" for lunch (we loved it !), came back and toured the rooms holding the icons, and shopped in the Gift Store. We left at 3 pm, when they were locking the door. It made for a most wonderful and enjoyable day.

The staff there is so very nice and helpful. Before we left, we also met the owner, who is delighted when patrons are delighted with his collection. ( He personally physically hung and displayed these masterpieces.)

The special Soviet exhibit was most interesting. The Gift Store prices are very fair, as well as the prices in "The Russian Tea Room" downstairs. We bought lots of bags of Russian cookies to bring back to family members. Carried them in our carry-ons so they wouldn't get smushed in the suitcase. Already looking forward to coming back next year, and from now on, this Museum will be a "must" for us annually.
Written July 13, 2014
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All we can say is, wow! Thank you for such a kind and thoughtful review. We appreciate you noticing the attention given to our collection but our visitors are our true stars and it's beyond gratifying to hear how much you enjoyed your experience. It was wonderful to have met you and we look forward to seeing you again, next year!
Written July 24, 2014
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NYU62
Tucson, AZ18,120 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
We visited this Museum last year, and placed it at the top of our list for this year's trip to New England. Our son flew out from California to join us for a few days, and since our adult children had heard our raves last year, he was very anxious to come with us. The three of us drove to Clinton yesterday (7/7), and spent a most wonderful day.

This Museum is truly exceedingly special. Its size is perfect not to tire you out, the building is top tier, the Gift Shop prices are good deals (a high quality dark green folding umbrella is $20), the lighting and music are perfectly adjusted, and the beautifully exhibited art is arranged in a most coherent and clear manner.

I'm not sure that if I had such a priceless and valuable collection, that I would display it. This owner is very happy to share his art and his knowledge. He, and the staff, are among the nicest people you will ever meet.
Written July 8, 2015
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How wonderful to have you visit again and this time with your son! It's such an honor to be on anyone's "must" list and we're truly grateful we had the chance to land on yours. We hope to see you again next year and thank you for taking the time to leave us a review.
Written July 9, 2015
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rachaelf666
Holyoke, MA86 contributions
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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heckfy
Pleasanton, California1,234 contributions
Jul 2014 • Solo
I happened to randomly check for the attractions nearby and found this place. When I checked the website, it looked too good to be true, so I decided to check it out. Well, it exceeded all my wildest expectations!

This museum has the best collection or Russian icons I've ever seen! Even if you're not into Russian history, these are probably some of the finest pieces of art created at that time in the world. The finesse, the colors, composition - it's really breathtaking. When you see icons in a church, they are usually far away. Here you can get to them really close. By close I mean you can get a magnifying glass. This is a very rare opportunity to get so close to such great works of art. Also, there is a lot of historical and religious value value behind them - something you can learn as well. Really, really amazing!

There is also a Cold war era propaganda exposition, it's definitely in a different league, but also interesting.

Overall, it's a true hidden gem, one of the biggest surprises in my museum experience. Highly, highly recommended!
Written August 2, 2014
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Wow! Thank you for the review. We're grateful you happened upon us and flattered to have exceeded your expectations! It's great to hear you enjoyed the permanent collection and took advantage of its accessibility (we love when visitors use the gallery magnifying glasses to get close and explore more) and we hope you might have the chance to visit us again.
Written August 16, 2014
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Humbleart
Winchester, KY1 contribution
This is a must see jewel of a Museum, well worth the trip to Clinton. Current exhibit from the Andrei Rublev Moscow Museum is extraordinary. You will find yourself mesmerized by this once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the beauty of the very best Byzantine Art. No matter what you think you are going to see, no matter how much you think you
know about religious art, you will discover unexpected treasures far exceeding your expectations. We traveled all the way from Kentucky, it was truly worth the trip. Staff most friendly and hospitable. 5 Stars
Written December 21, 2010
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John H
Walpole, MA137 contributions
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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ANA
28 contributions
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, Canada394 contributions
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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