The State Russian Museum is the largest depository of the Russian fine art in St Petersburg.The museum was founded on April 13, 1895, upon enthronement of Nicholas II to honour his father, Alexander III. Its original collection was composed of artworks taken from the Hermitage Museum, Alexander Palace, and the Imperial Academy of Arts. After the Russian Revolution of 1917, many private collections were relocated to the Russian Museum. The main building of the museum is the Mikhailovsky Palace, erected in 1819, designed by Carlo Rossi on Square of Arts in St Petersburg
Saint Petersburg, 2 Inzhenernaya Ul. M. Nevsky Prospekt. Tel. 314-3448, 595-4248. Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Tuesday.
Permanent Collection The world s finest and most extensive collection of works by Russian artists, from 12th-century icons to some of the latest movements in contemporary art exhibited in the Mikhailovsky Palace and in associated buildings listed below.
Chosen by Clio. Heroes and Villains of Russian History. Repin, Surikov, Nesterov, Serov, Makovsky, Vasnetsov. Painting, graphics, sculpture. December 8 through April 17
Saints of the Russian Land. Icon painting, decorative art, objects. December 8 through April 30