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Vasily Surikov. 175th Anniversary of the Artist's Birth
The State Russian Museum

Vasily Surikov. 175th Anniversary of the Artist's Birth

1 December 2023—10 June 2024

The exhibition presents over 120 paintings and graphic works by Surikov from the museums in St Petersburg, Moscow and Krasnoyarsk, including th...

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Drawings and Watercolours by the Wanderers
St Michael’s Castle

Drawings and Watercolours by the Wanderers

21 March—8 July 2024

The exhibition presents graphic works created by the founders of the Society of Travelling Art Exhibitions, as well as by artists of the younger generation...

Master of Painting. 325th Anniversary of Ivan Vishnyakov’s Birth
St Michael’s Castle

Master of Painting. 325th Anniversary of Ivan Vishnyakov’s Birth

26 April—1 July 2024

Ivan Vishnyakov is one of the leading artist of the 18th century, portraitist, mural painter, restorer and teacher. However, not much ...

Olga Rozanova (1886–1918): An Art Revolutionary
Marble Palace

Olga Rozanova (1886–1918): An Art Revolutionary

16 May—2 September 2024

Olga Rozanova's retrospective exhibition at the Russian Museum comprises art works from different collections. It will feature about 50 paintings ...

Still Lifes of the 1920s and 1930s
Benois Wing

Still Lifes of the 1920s and 1930s

22 May—30 July 2024

The exhibition Still Lifes of the 1920s and 1930s introduces the viewers to little-known artists, including Vladimir Avlas, Vladimir Grinberg, Anatoly Gusyatinsky...

Gift to the Russian Museum from Vladimir Nekrasov
Benois Wing

Gift to the Russian Museum from Vladimir Nekrasov

29 May—1 July 2024

Vladimir Nekrasov’s collection of Russian fine art is the largest in the country. The exhibition will feature a significant part of more than six h...

“He Conquered Both Time and Space...” 225th Anniversary of Alexander Pushkin’s Birth
Stroganov Palace

“He Conquered Both Time and Space...” 225th Anniversary of Alexander Pushkin’s Birth

7 June—9 December 2024

This is the first ever large-scale exhibition held in the Russian Museum to address the genius of Russian and wor...


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Monday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The Mikhailovsky Palace and the Benois Wing are open from May 1 on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays until 20.00, on Sundays until 19.00
Tuesday The museum is closed
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Ticket offices close 30 minutes earlier

Getting here

4 Inzhenernaya Str., St. Petersburg

Metro - Gostiny Dvor, Nevsky Prospekt

About

The State Russian Museum is the world’s largest depository of Russian fine art, housed in a unique architectural complex in the historical centre of St Petersburg.

It was the first museum of national art, initiated by Emperor Alexander III. In 1895, Emperor Nicholas II signed a decree ordering “The foundation of a special institution which will be entitled ‘The Emperor Alexander III Russian Museum’ and the assignment of the Mikhailovsky Palace with all its wings, services and the garden, specially acquired by the state treasury for this purpose.” In May of the same year, the architect Vasily Svinyin started the reconstruction of the palace interiors for accommodating future collections of art. The Statute of the Museum was adopted on 3 May 1895.

The ceremonial opening of the Russian Museum took place on 19 (7) March 1898. The basis of the collection consisted of objects and works of art transferred from the Winter, Gatchina and Alexander Palaces, from the Hermitage and the Academy of Arts, as well as from private collections donated to the museum.

The museum collection contains over 440,000 exhibits covering all major periods and trends in the history of Russian art, all main types and genres, trends and schools of Russian art over more than a thousand years: from the 10th to the 21st century. As of 1 January 2023, the museum collection includes 444,705 items, with 423,061 in the main collection and 21,644 in the auxiliary academic collection.

The main retrospective exhibition of the museum is located in the Mikhailovsky Palace (architect Carlo Rossi, 1819–1825), built for the son of Emperor Paul I, Grand Duke Michael Pavlovich, and in the Benois Wing, originally designed as an exhibition pavilion for the Academy of Arts (architects Leonty Benois and Sergei Ovsyannikov, 1914–1919).

Currently, the area of the museum complex is more than 30 hectares. The collection is accommodated in buildings that are outstanding monuments of 18th–19th-century architecture: Mikhailovsky, Stroganov and Marble Palaces, and St Michael’s Castle. The Mikhailovsky Garden, the Summer Garden and the Summer Palace of Peter I, as well as the Cabin of Peter the Great are also part of the museum complex.

The State Russian Museum today is an extensive museum complex. It is a large authoritative institute of academic research, restoration, preservation, and educational centre, supervising the work of all art museums of the country.

The Art Library of the Russian Museum was founded in 1897. Currently, it comprises about 170,000 items. A section for rare books was organised in 1978. An automated information retrieval system was installed in 1993.

Contact us: telephone (812) 595-42-08; library@rusmuseum.ru

· Website of the Art Library of the Russian Museum

 Website of the Department of restoration of museum exhibits of the Russian Museum

The Department of Restoration of Museum Exhibits is a modern scientific and restoration centre comprised of 16 units. These include studios specializing in restoration of paintings, drawings, pieces of applied art, furniture, picture frames, and sculpture; in addition, it has a chemistry and biology research laboratory, and the division of the theory and history of museum restoration. Currently there are 96 people working in the department, mostly artists and restorers of the highest qualification, as well as research workers and photographers. The department conducts all kinds of restoration and research of various works of art, from Ancient Russian monuments to contemporary art objects. All restorers are professionally qualified in restoration and arts.



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