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THE RUSSIAN MUSEUM

In March 1998, the State Russian Museum, the world's largest museum of Russian art, celebrated its 100th anniversary. The museum, then called the "Russian Museum of Emperor Alexander III", was established in 1895 and opened its doors to the public on March 7 (19), 1898. The first paintings for its collection were donated by the Hermitage, Academy of Fine Arts and various royal palaces. Since then the collection has been growing very quickly, and today is on display at four different locations in downtown St. Petersburg:

The Mikhailovsky Palace and the Benois Building
Main building of the museum, which showcases Russian art from early icons to the beginning of the 20th century and holds temporary exhibitions

The Mikhailovsky (St Michael's) Castle
Permanent collection of Russian Official Portraits plus temporary exhibitions

The Marble Palace
Modern Russian art early 20th century to the present (including the famous Russian Avant-garde) plus an insightful display of the Rossica - art by foreign artists who worked in Russia. Temporary exhibitions
The Stroganov Palace
Collection of Russian icons, once owned by the Stroganov family and a wax figures display

NEXT: Mikhailovsky Palace and Benois Building

    Mikhailovsky Palace and Benois Building
Russian Museum Russian Art: from early icons to the beginning of the 20th century plus temporary exhibitions  More
Mikhailovsky Castle Permanent collection of Russian Official Portraits plus temporary exhibitions  More
Marble Palace Modern Russian and some Western art early 20th century onwards (including Avant-garde) plus the Rossica - art by foreign artists who worked in Russia  More
Stroganov Palace Collection of Russian icons of the Stroganov family and a wax figures display  More

 

 

 
For more information about the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, please go to http://www.saint-petersburg.com/museums/russian-museum.asp
 
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