STATE RUSSIAN MUSEUM

Address: 4, Inzhenernaya Ul.
Day off: Tuesday
STATE RUSSIAN MUSEUM

The State Russian Museum is a veritable treasure-house of Russian art. Paintings, graphic art, sculpture, objects of applied and decorative art from ancient times to the present day – all these fields of art are represented in the museum’s rooms and halls. Especially large is the collection of painting from the first half of the 19th century – masterpieces by Orest Kiprensky, Karl Briullov, Alexander Ivanov and other outstanding painters.

The Mikhailovsky Palace on Arts Square, in which the museum collections are preserved, was built in 1819-1825 to a project by the architect Carlo Rossi for Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich, junior brother of Emperor Alexander I. The building is an outstanding example of the Empire style.

The “Emperor Alexander III Russian Museum” was founded by a decree of Nicolas II in 1895 and opened for the general public in 1898. In 1914-1919, for arranging the growing collection the architects Leonty Benois and Stepan Ovsiannikov constructed additional building (the Benois Block) overlooking the embankment of the Griboyedov Canal with its main façade.

Today the branches of the Russian Museum are the Engineers’ (Mikhailovsky) Castle, the Stroganov and Marbre Palaces as well as the garden and park complexes – the Summer Gardens with the Summer Palace of Peter the Great and the Mikhailovsky Garden.

In a small garden on Arts Square, opposite the Russian Museum, is set up one of the best monuments to Alexander Pushkin, created in 1957 by the People’s Artist of the USSR Mikhail Anikushin.