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State Russian Museum (Государственный Русский Музей)

The State Russian Museum in Saint-Petersburg is the most extensive collection of the Russian art of the X – XXI centuries; there are more than 400 thousand exhibits.

Russian museum in Saint-Petersburg

The Museum is placed in several palaces and gardens in the center of the city:

Mikhailovsky Palace (1819-1825)

Mikhailovsky Palace was the grand-ducal palace till 1894 when Emperor Nicholas II acquired it to arrange here the Russian Museum. For Museum uses the palace was equipped with utility systems and services, lighting system; the interior décor was kept partially.

Museum sections in the Mikhailovsky Palace:

  • Old Russian arts of XII-XVII centuries;
  • Russian arts of the XVIII century;
  • Russian art of the XIX century;
  • Russian folk art;
  • Temporary exhibitions.

Benois Wing (1914-1919)

The building of the Benois Wing was constructed specially for art exhibitions since 1930th it is operated by the State Russian Museum.

Museum sections in the Benois Wing:

  • Russian art of the end of the XIX – beginning of the XX century;
  • Russian art of the XX century;
  • Decorative and applied arts of Russia in the XX century;
  • Temporary exhibitions.

Stroganov Palace (1753 – 1754)

The Stroganov family settled in Saint-Petersburg in 1720th, to 1754 the architect B.F. Rastrelli constructed the palace instead of several separated buildings. In 1918 the Stroganov Palace was nationalized, since 1988 the palace is under the supervision of the State Russian Museum.

Museum sections in the Stroganov Palace:

  • Russian Empire style – decorative and applied arts of Alexander I times (1801-1825);
  • Mineralogical Room;

Saint Michael’s (Engineers’) Castle ( 1779-1801)

The Saint Michael’s Castle was built by order of Emperor Paul I, through the few years the Main Engineers School was placed in the building. The Castle was included into the Russian Museum on 1991.

Museum sections in the Saint Michael’s Castle:

  • Sculpture;
  • Portrait gallery;
  • Saint Petersburg society during the imperial era;
  • Temporary exhibitions.

Marble Palace (1768-1785)

Till 1918 the Marble Palace was the Emperor’s family estate.

Museum sections in the Marble Palace:

  • Collection of Jakov and Joseph Rzhevsky

Summer Garden

Mikhailovsky Garden

Open hours and price

Monday – from 10 to 20 (ticket office till 19.30)

Wednesday, Friday – Sunday  – from 10 to 18 (ticket office till 17.30)

Thursday – from 13 to 21 (ticket office till 20.30)

Day off – Tuesday

Ticket price

  • Mikhailovsky Palace, Benois Wing 500 rubles
  • Mikhailovsky (Engineers’) Castle 400 rubles
  • Marble Palace 400 rubles
  • Stroganov Palace 400 rubles
  • Mikhailovsky Palace, Benois Wing and one of the palaces 750 rubles

How to get to the State Russian Museum

Mikhailovsky Palace, Mikhailovsky Garden

Saint-Petersburg, Inzhenernaya Ulitsa, 4

In the Russian language – Санкт-Петербург, Инженерная улица, 4

Metro station:

  • “Nevskiy Prospekt” (“Невский проспект”) – line 2 (blue line) – 0.5 km walking

Benois Wong

Saint-Petersburg, Naberezhnaya Kanala Griboedova, 2

In the Russian language – Санкт-Петербург, набережная канала Грибоедова, 2

Metro station:

  • “Nevskiy Prospekt” (“Невский проспект”) – line 2 (blue line) – 0.8 km walking

Stroganov Palace

Saint-Petersburg, Nevskiy Prospekt, 17

In the Russian language – Санкт-Петербург, Невский проспект, 17

Metro station:

  • “Nevskiy Prospekt” (“Невский проспект”) – line 2 (blue line) – 0.4 km walking;
  • “Admiralteyskaya” (“Адмиралтейская”) – line 5 (violet line) – 0.5 km walking

Mikhailovsku (Engineers’) Castle

Saint-Petersburg, Sadovaya Ulitsa, 2

In the Russian language – Санкт-Петербург, Садовая улица, 2

Metro station:

  • “Gostiny Dvor” (“Гостиный Двор”) – line 3 (green line) – 1 km walking;
  • “Nevskiy Prospekt” (“Невский проспект”) – line 2 (blue line) – 1.1 km walking.

Summer Garden

Metro station:

“Gostiny Dvor” (“Гостиный Двор”) – line 3 (green line) – 1.5 km walking.

Links

State Russian Museum website in the Russian and English languages

PHOTO depositphotos.com

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