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Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
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Private Pushkin Arts Museum Half Day Tour in Moscow
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (Russian: Музеи изобразительных искусств им. А.С. Пушкина) is the largest museum of European art in Moscow, located in Volkhonka street, just opposite the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The International musical festival Svyatoslav Richter's December nights has been held in the Pushkin museum since 1981. The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts holds one of Russia's largest collections of foreign art from ancient times to the present day. Its modern presentation introduces visitors to the Museum's extensive study collections of toned plaster casts reproducing works of Graeco-Roman art, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The Museum also houses original paintings and sculpture, drawings and examples of decorative and applied art. In the halls on the ground floor original works of art are displayed from Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece and Rome, together with European paintings ranging in date from the 8th to the 8th centuries. Two halls, known as the Italian and Greek Courtyards, contain casts. The halls on the first floor display for visitors casts of art works from Ancient Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The halls, hung with paintings, exhibit works of art from the 19th and 20th centuries. Known for its outstanding temporary exhibitions, this museum also has an impressive permanent collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist art.
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Reviewed December 7, 2012

Initially created as a savior for art students (replicas of masterpieces), this wonderful museum does hold a number of originals, including Boticelli, masters of northern renaissance, Byzantine and 19th century masters.
But the best thing about this museum is the atmosphere! The Grecian hall is spacious and breath-taking, the Italian courtyard is superb, the Asian halls are flawless and the Egyptian room is breathtaking.
This year it celebrates its 100th anniversary and is often host toa variety of extremely popular exhibitions (the most recent ones including Picasso and Caravaggio)
Definitely worth a visit.

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Reviewed December 4, 2012

The guy who wrote "no impressionist art" is suffering from a brain fade or from a really bad guidebook. There are two smaller buildings in addition to the big one for this museum and the impressionist art (tons of it) is in a side building. Do not miss! Frankly, for westerners the Pushkin is a better visit than the Tretyakovsky gallery because it has so much more famous western art. So sorry that plakmt missed this, as there are rooms full of Cezanne, Matisse, etc. including some of the most famous impressionist works. See the pics I've attached.

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Reviewed November 28, 2012

And actually 1 day will surely not be enough! As you enter the museum you are greeted by a huge copy of Michaelangelo's David and it sets you in the atmosphere and the mood of the museum. A great place, would go ther again when in Moscow.

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Reviewed November 27, 2012

Waited in line outside for about an hour to get in. The collection of art was fabulous, but unfortunately we went primarily for the Impressionist paintings which were listed in our guidebooks but we never found. We tried to inquire the staff but none who we encountered spoke English and we did not speak Russian. We found an English directory which did not list any 19th century Impressionist areas.

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Reviewed November 26, 2012

Before getting inside, we had to wait in the queue for 40 minutes in the street. When we got inside we were very cold and went straight to the coffee-shop to have a cup of tea. The cafe appeared to be a tiny bit of room, scarcely enough for 10 people, it was crowded and there were no vacant seats there.
Exhibition is good, but most statues are replicas. We liked the paintings mostly.

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