Russia is a country that boasts rich cultural heritage. There's absolutely no surprise that Russian museums are considered to be at the top of the league both in terms of amplitude and in terms of variety of their collections. The State Hermitage and Pushkin Museums represent the classical side to Russian artistic treasuries, while Erarta gallery possesses a wide range of works by contemporary artists. Beside these landmarks you will find plenty of local-bread museums dedicated to topics as varied as folklore and the World War II, 1917th Revolution and Russia's favorite national alcoholic drink, vodka. One thing is certain - you won't be disappointed. Our award-winning agency is here to provide you with the best guides and specially arranged excursions, such as entrance 'before hours' to the Hermitage and a four-hour tour in this flamboyant depository of art with the museum's curator. Read below brief descriptions of Russia's biggest and most unusual museums:
The State Historical Museum
Located in the very center of Moscow just opposite St. Basil's Cathedral, the State Historical Museum is the biggest museum of its kind. Its vast collection covers the history of Russia from ancient times to modern days.
The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts
Founded at the beginning of the 20th century it was the first museum of fine arts in Moscow. Nowadays it remains the largest museum of its kind in the Russian capital. Its collection includes top works by Van Gogh, Picasso, Gauguin, and Matisse.
The gallery is the major depository of Russian fine art and an absolute must-see when traveling to Moscow. It contains works by the most prominent Russian artists, from Kazimir Malevich's "Black Square" to Andrei Rublev's "Trinity" and attracts thousands of visitors each year.
The Mikhail Bulgakov Museum
The museum was established in 2007 and is considered the first and the only memorial museum in Russia, dedicated to the life and work of the outstanding Soviet writer, Mikhail Bulgakov. The museum is located in Bulgakov's first apartment on Bolshaya Sadovaya str. 10 - 50, where he together with his wife lived after their moving to Moscow. This apartment was described by Bulgakov in his most fantastic work “The Master and Margarita” and is widely known as “The Odd Flat”, where the writer’s lively imagination settled the novel’s central character Voland with his court. Today this apartment is the site of pilgrimage of Bulgakov’s fans, who want to find themselves inside the famous novel and see how their favourite writer lived. The highlights of the collection are the expositions of the writer’s room, the common kitchen, the living room, the Pigit House history and the “Odd Stairs”. Beside that museum contains lots of Bulgakov’s photos, books and personal belongings.
St. Petersburg Museums
The State Hermitage Museum
The Hermitage is one of the oldest and most famous museums of the world. They say that if you were to spend three minutes by each of its exhibits, it would've taken you three years to see the whole collection.
The State Russian Museum
The museum was established by a decree of Alexander III, and was the first state-owned museum to be opened in Russia. Nowadays its collection includes more than 400,000 exhibits and rivals that of the Tretiakov Gallery in Moscow.
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