State Russian Museum Visit

St Petersberg

The State Russian Museum has one of the finest collections of Russian art through the centuries. Housed in the Mikhailovsky Palace buildings, take a journey from ancient classics to contemporary designs.

The State Russian Museum has an impressive array of Russian art, with more than 400,000 exhibits. It was opened in 1898 by Nicholas II to house his father, Tsar Alexander III’s, private collection. Today, it embraces all forms and movements of art, from ancient classics to modern videography. In the Mikhailovsky Palace, you will find 19th century paintings which depict Russia’s peasant and bourgeoisie lifestyle, as well as works from the pioneering Wanderers, a group of artists who created a realist style for national art. You can see Ilya Repin’s famous portrait of Leo Tolstoy.

The Benois Wing is home to 20th century art, and the Mikhailovksy Castle has an expanding collection of Russian sculpture from the 18th to 20th centuries. The fine buildings of the Stroganov and Marble Palaces are worth a look for their extravagant halls and ornate decoration, as well as their large collections of porcelain.

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