The Russian Museum is the world’s largest museum of Russian art, a unique architectural and artistic complex in the historical center of St. Petersburg.
This is the country’s first state museum of Russian art. The decision on its basis was made by Alexander III.
The grand opening for visitors took place on March 19, 1898. The basis of the collection of the Russian Museum were the objects and works of art transferred from the Winter Palace, the Gatchina Palace and the Alexander Palace, from the Hermitage and the Academy of Arts, as well as the collections of private collectors donated to the museum.
The main retrospective exposition of the museum is located in the Mikhailovsky Palace (architect Karl Rossi, 1819-1825), built for the son of Emperor Paul I, Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich, and in the Benois building, originally built as an exhibition pavilion of the Academy of Arts.
And on the 18th of every month, anyone who is under the age of 18 can visit the museum for free. The day off at the museum is always Tuesday.
The museum is within walking distance from our hotel on Inzhenernaya Street.