The State Russian Museum is the first state museum of Russian fine art in the country, founded in 1895 in St. Petersburg at the behest of the Emperor Nicholas II.
Now the collection of the Russian Museum has over 400,000 exhibits and covers all historical periods and tendencies of Russian art, its main types and genres, trends and schools for more than 1,000 years: from the 10th to the 21 stcentury. The main exhibition is located in the Mikhailovsky Palace and in the Benois Building (Corpus Benua), which is part of the palace complex.
Among the exhibits are the icons by acknowledged masters such as Andrei Rublev and Simon Ushakov and by unknown icon painters. The portraits by A. Antropov and D. Levitsky, sculptures by B.K. Rastrelli and M. Kozlowski and many other works of art represent the 18th century. Art lovers of the 19th century can admire the paintings of F. Aivazovsky, K. Briullov, F. Bruni, the lanscapes of A. Savrasov, the historical paintings of Surikov, the genre paintings of A. Venetsianov, the works by I. Repin, I. Kramskoy and other prominent artists of that time. The 20th century art is represented in the Russian Museum by the works of Roerich, M. Vrubel, V. Serov, B. Kustodiev and by the sculptures and paintings of the Soviet period.
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 18:00.