The main collections of the State Russian Museum are located within the walls of the Mikhailovsky Palace. It was built for one of the sons of Emperor Paul I, Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich, designed by architect K. Rossi
The palace was immediately recognized as an architectural masterpiece not only in Russia but throughout Europe. Here, ceremonial receptions were held, which were attended by Zhukovsky and Vyazemsky, Pushkin and V. Odoevsky. The music salon, which was situated here, was very famous.The best singers, musicians, composers from Europe were invited here. Celebrities such as Liszt, Berlioz, Schumann, Wagner and many others were among them.
At the end of the 19th century, the palace which was partially rebuilt in three years as a museum, accepted the collections of the Winter, Gatchinsky and Alexandrovky palaces, the Hermitage and the Academy of Arts as well as collections of private collectors donated to the museum. Currently, the collection of the Russian Museum has more than 400,000 exhibits and covers all historical periods and trends of the millennial development of Russian art (more than 1000 years: XI - XXI century), all its main types and genres, directions and schools. Here you can find the works of V. Borovikovsky, O. Kiprensky, I. Vishnyakov, I. Aivazovsky, K. Bryullov, I. Repin, I. Shishkin, V. Surikov, L. Bakst, K. Korovin, I. Mashkov, P. Konchalovsky , V. Kandinsky, K. Malevich, P. Filonov and other painters.
In addition, in the museum you can see works of decorative, applied and folk art, including handicrafts, embroidery, fabrics, fragments of Russian huts, women's costumes of different classes and provinces.
At the tour desk of the Russian State Museum you can order excursions:
- up to 5 people - 3000 rubles;
- up to 10 people - 4500 rubles;
- up to 25 people - 7500 rubles;
- for schoolchildren (up to 30 people) - 3000 rubles;
- for students and senior citizens (up to 25 people) - 3500 rubles;
- for preschoolers (up to 25 people) - 1500 rubles.
Applications are accepted by phone: +7 (812) 314-34-48 (if there is a free guide, you can place an order on the day of contact).