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From ancient Egyptian art to Byzantine masterpieces, through French impressionism and the Dutch Golden Age; the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts presents one of Russia’s largest and most comprehensive collections of international art. More than 600,000 works feature in the permanent collection, housed in a recently renovated museum complex.
The Museum is spread over five buildings and it’s possible to purchase individual admission tickets or a combination ticket valid for two days. The principal collections are housed in the Main Building and the Gallery of 19th and 20th Century European and American Art, while the other buildings house the Private Collections, the Ivan Tsvetaev Educational Art Museum, and the Sviatoslav Richter Memorial Apartment.
In the Main Building, exhibitions date from ancient times through to the 18th century, with galleries devoted to the Italian Renaissance and Dutch Golden Age, and notable works by Rembrandt, Botticelli, and Veronese. At the Gallery of 19th and 20th Century European and American Art, the star attraction is the extensive Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collection, including works by Van Gogh, Matisse, Gauguin, Monet, and Picasso.
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts is located on Volkhonka street in downtown Moscow, across the street from the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The closest Metro station is Kropotkinskaya, a 2-minute walk away. It’s also possible to reach the museum on foot from central sights such as the Red Square, about a 20-minute walk away.
The museum is open daily, except on Mondays. The last tickets are sold an hour before closing, but it’s recommended to leave yourself at least 2 to 3 hours to take in the highlights. In peak season, get there first thing in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the biggest crowds.
After taking a walk through European art history at the Pushkin State Museum, head over to the State Tretyakov Gallery to discover the Russian Masters—with over 170,000 works, the museum has the world’s most comprehensive collection of Russian art. Another popular art museum is the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, where you can see works by Picasso, Dali, and Miro; while fans of contemporary art won’t want to miss the MARS Centre of Contemporary Art and the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.