Discover Museums Russia

Most museums are open in the daytime from 10:00am to 6:00pm and are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Obviously it's impossible to list them all. For history lovers, the Museum of Moscow, the Revolution Museum, the KGB Museum and in particular the Historic Museum on Red Square deserve a visit. As far as Art museums are concerned, we recommend the Tretiakov Gallery before all the rest. Pavel Tretiakov, a wealthy merchant and textile manufacturer, began purchasing Russian works of art in 1856. He built up a significant collection and thus decided to extend his mansion and make it into a museum. In 1892 he donated his museum to the city of Moscow. It is currently the world's largest collection of Russian art. Here you can admire ancient icons as well as paintings from the Romantic movement and by itinerant Russian painters. An extra wing added to the gallery in 1930 displays the socialist realism art of the 1930s to 1960s. The Pushkin Museum is another must-see. Founded by Ivan Tsvetaïev in 1898, the museum is located in a stunning private mansion. It houses an impressive series of Egyptian and Greco-Roman antiques, paintings by the great Italian and Dutch masters (Murillo, Botticelli, Veronese, Rembrandt, Rubens) and some beautiful collections of 20th century European art (Matisse, Picasso, Kandinsky, Leger, Braque, Chagall). The Leo Tolstoy State Museum, one of the literary museums, is set in the wooden house where the writer lived from 1895 to 1901. It gives you a real sense of the atmosphere of a literary salon from the end of the 19th century.

  • Museums , The Red Square State Historical Museum , Russia
    The Red Square State Historical Museum

    History buffs will enjoy the Museum of History of Moscow, the Museum of the Revolution, the KGB Museum, and the Kremlin Armoury (the official museum of the Kremlin).

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    The Historical Museum

    This museum of Russian history is located between Red Square and Manege Square in Moscow.

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  • Museums , The red façade of The Historical Museum , Russia
    The red façade of The Historical Museum

    It is an integral part of the Red Square.

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  • Museums , The Tretyakov Gallery , Russia
    The Tretyakov Gallery

    A businessman, art collector and philanthropist, Pavel Tretyakov started collecting works by Russian artists in 1856. Transformed into a museum, his townhouse now holds this collection.

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    Beautiful gildings on the ceiling.

    It is the largest collection of Russian art in the world.

    © Igor Golovnov / 123RF
  • Museums , The Pushkin Museum , Russia
    The Pushkin Museum

    Located in a beautiful townhouse, it was founded by Ivan Tscvetaïev in 1898. It is home to an impressive series of Egyptian and Greco-Roman antiques.

    © Yury Gubin / 123RF
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