I had the previous information that the Russian Federation is coupound by 150 ethnic groups, but facing this reality at a museum was such an emotional experience.
Cruising the Summer Gardens I reached that palace that is divided in 2 museums : Russian museum and Ethnography museum.
The only problem I felt was that the staff misunderstands both museums : I asked for this museum to a lady at the entrance and she conduced me to the Russian museum , probably because ethnographic is less visited.
The exposition is spread in two floors : at the first one you will find the magnificent Marble Hall , a 1000 sq metre gallery surrounded by pink Karelian marble columns. There , you can apreciate an exposition of carpets from all the ex soviet republics and other areas of Russia.
Siberians , Caucasians , Ucranians , Moldavians , Mountain jews , people from Central Asia , Volga , Ural area ,Karelia , all , all , absolutely all of them are represented there. And so do their clothes , artifacts , treasures.... what a lesson , it was unforgettable for me.
Unfortunately , I went there in the evening and as it was not almost closing , I ´d rather staying there for quite a long time.
As in all russian museums , there are lots of cutty ladies doing their best for making your visit the most pleasant as possible. They were so curious on meeting a brazilian! :)
Don´t miss this museum!
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