Opened in 1898 by the order of Tsar Nicholas II, it was the first and the largest state museum of Russian fine arts in the country. It is located in the very centre of St Petersburg, on Nevsky Prospect. The museum is housed in the former Mikhailovsky Palace, stunning monument of the Empire architecture. The current collection features about 400.000 masterpieces and vividly brings to life the entire history of Russian fine arts. The State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg is a treasure-house of world importance, where all the wealth and variety of Russian figurative art is superbly represented.
Outstanding icons, including icons by Andrey Rublev, Dionisiy, Simon Ushakov, wooden sculpture, stone and bone carvings, embroidery, jewelry pieces can be observed here.
Collection of items belonging to the XVIII – first half of the XIX centuries, including paintings by I.Nikitin, A.Matveev, I.Vishnyakov, remarkable works of F.Rokotov, D.Levitsky, V.Borovikovskiy, canvases by O.Kiprenskiy, A.Venitzianov, K.Brulov, A.Ivanov, sculptures by F.Shubin, M.Kozlovskiy, I.Martos
Canvases of the XIX century: I.Repin, V.Surikov.
Paintings end XIX - early XX century: I.Levitan, V.Serov, M.Vrubel, K.Korovin, M.Nesterov. Vanguard artists’ canvases by V.Kandinsky, K.Malevitch, M.Shagal, P.Filonov.
Modern Soviet artists’ paintings: A.Rylov, V.Petrov-Vodkin, N.Krimov, V.Mukhina, S.Konenkov, P.Konchalovsky and many others.
Daily 10:00 – 17:00. Closed: Tuesdays.