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“Totally blew my mind. This is a really world class museum in such unexpected location” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Museum of Russian Icons

Museum of Russian Icons
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Clinton
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Owner description: 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.
Pleasanton, California
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“Totally blew my mind. This is a really world class museum in such unexpected location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2014

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!

Visited July 2014
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Jocelyn W, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this review, August 16, 2014
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.
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Nashua, New Hampshire
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“An Extraordinary Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2014

This museum is a "hidden gem"! It is a private museum in the little town of Clinton, located in a converted brick building. The artifacts are primarily Russian icons, as the name of the museum implies. They are just beautiful. I was given a personal tour by a docent who was very well informed and helpful in interpreting the art pieces.

Visited February 2014
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Jocelyn W, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this review, July 29, 2014
We're glad you enjoyed your visit and thank you for the review! We hope you'll have the chance to visit again.
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New York City, New York
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“Learn about Icons”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2014 via mobile

Beautifully restored brick building housing this interesting museum. Learn how icons are made and see an extensive collection.
Current special exhibit shows propaganda of the cold war era

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Jocelyn W, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this review, July 26, 2014
Thank you for the review and we hope you enjoyed your visit!
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Tucson Arizona
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“Such an impressive collection in such a lovingly restored building”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2014

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.

Visited July 2014
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Jocelyn W, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this review, July 24, 2014
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!
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Danvers, Massachusetts
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“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2014

My wife and I visited this museum in May of 2014 and loved it. Located just off the Clinton Mass downtown area, the museum contains more than three hundred Russian icons some dating back as far as the 1500's. Like many others, we were able to meet the museum's owner and founder and later learned from a very well informed docent about some of his more challenging acquisition efforts and dealings with the Russian authorities. Unless you are expert in this area, a docent is really a must, There is no extra charge for their tours and you will learn an incredible amount about the icons in general as well as certain specific pieces and of course the museum itself. This is really a hidden gem of a place well worth the visit. We plan to return in the Fall It's a wonderfully unique place.

Visited May 2014
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Jocelyn W, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this review, July 24, 2014
We're so pleased to hear that both you and your wife enjoyed your visit! We can't stress enough how lucky we are to have such a wonderful group of docents and it's great to hear you had the chance to enjoy a tour. Thank you for the review and we hope to see you this fall!
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