Russian Museum

Russkiy muzei

The worldwide famous collection of this museum comprises all genres and kinds of Russian arts from the 10th to 21st century, from ancient Russian icons to the modern avant-garde works. Many of the museum's paintings have their own fabulous stories to tell. One of them is certainly The Last Day of Pompeii by Karl Bryullov, who depicted a volcanic eruption in the ancient city. After it was unveiled in Milan in 1833 Bryullov turned into a worshipped celebrity to such an extent that no other artist in Italy ever could since the times of the Renaissance!

The country's first museum of Russian fine arts, the Russian Museum of His Imperial Majesty Alexander III was founded by Nicholas II in 1895. It opened for general audience in 1898. Its main collection is housed in the Mikhailovsky Palace built by Carlo Rossi in magnificent Neoclassical style. The splendid White Hall of the palace preserves the original interiors conceived by Rossi. The museum also comprises the Benois Wing, Stroganov Palace, Marble Palace, Mikhailovsky Palace, Mikhailovsky Garden and Summer Garden, as well as Peter I Summer House and Peter I Summer Palace. The Mikhailovsky Garden located behind the Russian Museum is one of St. Petersburg's oldest parks. It occasionally houses different exhibitions.

The collection of the Museum has more than 5,000 icons dated 12th to 20th centuries being one of the largest in the country. The brightest and the most comprehensive is probably the collection of paintings dated between the 18th and the first half of the 19th century, which once used to be the core of the collection the Russian Museum was based upon. Here you can see the true masterpieces by Karl Bryullov and Ivan Aivazovsky, including his startling classics The Ninth Wave, as well as numerous works by portrait painters such as Ivan Nikitin, Fyodor Rokotov, Vladimir Borovikovsky, Dmitry Levitsky, Vasily Tropinin and Orest Kiprensky. The famous canvas Christ's Appearance to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection by Alexander Ivanov was first successfully presented to public in Rome, then in Petersburg. For this work the Imperial academy of Arts gave Ivanov the academy member title.

The collection of the second half of the 19th century – the early 20th century includes the works of Ivan Aivazovsky, Victor Vasnetsov (Knight at the crossroads), Konstantin Makovsky, Ilya Repin (Barge Haulers on the Volga, Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks), Vasily Polenov, Vasily Surikov (Suvorov Crossing the Alps), landscape painter Ivan Shishkin, Ivan Kramskoy, Isaak Levitan, Mikhail Vrubel, Valentin Serov, Boris Kustodiev, Nicholas Roerich. The Soviet collection features artworks by Kazimir Malevich, Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, Vera Mukhina and many other artists.

Address: Inzhenernaya St., 4 (Ulitsa Inzhenernaya, 4)
Opening hours: Mon 10 am – 8 pm, Wed, Fri-Sun 10 am – 6 pm, Thu 1 pm – 9 pm, closed on Tue
How to reach: Nevskiy Prospekt, Gostiny Dvor metro stations
Coordinates: 59.938793, 30.332319