The 5 must visit classic art museums of Moscow

Moscow is famous all around the world as a culture capital and is a favorite destination for anyone who appreciates arts. While there are numerous museums, galleries and exhibitions these following museums are the non-negotiable must visit top 5.

Tretyakov Gallery

The world’s number one museum of Russian art, the Tretyakov Gallery is an extensive complex where one can see the entire kaleidoscope of visual art masterpieces. The gallery started out in 1856 as a private collection of the influential merchant Pavel Tretyakov, who, being a philanthropist, presented it as a gift to the city of Moscow in 1892. The collection includes more than 1300 works of Russian art from pre-Mongolian icons and mosaics dating back to as far as the 11-12th centuries to landscape, portrait and historical paintings and masterpieces, including works by great artists Andrei Rublev, Alexander Ivanov, Vasiliy Surikov, Vasiliy Vereshchagin, Ilya Repin, Valentin Serov and others. All pictures are labeled in English. Be sure to make use of the A3-size laminated information sheets found throughout the museum and the audio guide. The gallery does not include the museum’s 20th Century collection, it is housed at a separate site just a kilometre away.

Address: 10, Lavrushinsky Pereulok

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The PushkinState Museum of Fine Arts

This museum complex, opened to the public in 1912, numbers 700 000 works of different epochs from Ancient Egypt and ancient Greece all the way to the early 21st century artworks. Initially intended as an educational facility, it grew to become one of the largest collections of foreign art in Russia. The museum exhibits works by the masters of various European schools of painting, including the exceptional and world-famous collection of French art of the 19th-20th centuries — the most famous one in the world. The museum has two buildings sitting side by side — the first grandiose structure houses the old plastery cast bit, the impressionists are held in a separate wing and require a separate fee to be seen.

Address: 12, Ulitsa Volkhonka

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All-Russian Decorative Art Museum

This is the only museum in Russia uniting works of Russian decorative and folk art of the 18-20th centuries from all over the country. The museum collection includes more than 200 000 pieces: metal works (including jewelry from the leading Russian companies of the 19th — early 20th centuries, a rare collection of samovars and art castings), porcelain, figurines and glass produced at the Imperial porcelain factory, private factories and Soviet factories, some traditional Russian clothes, toys, intricate wood baskets, embroidery and linens. There is a rare book collection, including unique handwritten archive materials, a one-of-the-kind collection of decorative and folk art of the modernist period, and magnificent works of contemporary artists. The museum also displays interiors and antique furniture taken from the apartments of the Imperial era Russian nobility of the 18th to 20th centuries. Various workshops and tours in English are also available.

Address: 3, Ulitsa Delegatskaya

Museum of Russian Icons

One of the largest and most significant private collections of icons in Moscow numbering almost 4,500 pieces of art. The museum holds works from numerous epochs, regions and painting schools, including ancient and late Roman samples, early Christian and Byzantine antiquities of the 6th-14th centuries, Greek and post-Byzantine icons, Ethiopian art works and icons belonging to Russia’s last Tsar. On weekends visitors can see expert restorers and artists applying their skills during restoration workshops.

Address: 3/1, Ulitsa Goncharnaya

State Museum of Oriental Art

It is one of the largest cultural and educational centers in Russia exhibiting art from across the whole of the Asian continent — the Far and Middle East, Central Asia, Caucasus, Transcaucasia, Kazakhstan, Buryatia, and Chukotka. The total collection includes more than 147 500 museum items, including metal works and ceramics from ancient Persia, India, and South-East Asia, as well as large collections of costumes and art from Tibet, Mongolia, China, Korea and Japan. Along with permanent exhibitions, the museum exhibits works by prominent modern Russian and foreign artists. Some information on the exhibitions an art pieces is available in English.

Address: 12a, Nikitsky Bulvar


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