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Pushkin State Museum Of Fine Arts

The solemn ceremony of stone laying of the Museum took place on August 17, 1898 in the presence of the Emperor Nikolas II and members of the royal family. The Museum was opened on May 31, 1912 as a Museum of Fine Arts named after Emperor Alexander III under the University of Moscow. On May 31, 1923 ceased its subordination to the University. In 1932 was named The State Museum of Fine Arts, in 1937 was named in honour of Alexander Pushkin the great Russian poet. The founder of the Museum and its first Director (1911-1918) was Prof. Ivan Tsvetaev, the head of the Department of Theory and History of Art at the Moscow University, Ph.D. of Roman Arts and Letters.

The Museum has been created on the basis of the Cabinet (museum) of Fine Arts and Antiquities of the Moscow University as an educational and public institution where the most important periods of art history from the ancient times to the New Age have been represented: in plaster casts, maquettes, pictorial and galvanic copies, in accordance with the unique scientific program. The Museum became the first institution of this type in Russia. The ideas of founding a Museum of this type in Moscow have been expressed many times in the past: by princess Zinaida Volkonskaja and S.P.Shevyrev (1831), by Prof. K.K.Gerz (1858) by N.V.Issakov, director of the Moscow Public and Rumiantsev Museum (1864). The Tsvetaev's conception has developed the basic ideas of his predecessors.

Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts is the Museum of 2007 in Russia.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (1)

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Permanent Collection

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts has one of the most representative collection in Russia of foreign art dated from ancient times to modern days. The exposition of the Museum includes today a vast collection of tinted plaster casts of famous ancient, medieval and Renaissance sculptures and a collection of original works of foreign artists, sculptors and graphics together with objects of decorative arts.
The rooms of the ground floor present mainly the original works: works of art of Ancient Egypt, antiquities, European paintings of the VII-XVIII centuries; two halls — Italian and Greek courtyards are housing casts. On the first floor there are rooms with casts of Ancient Greece, Rome, Middle Ages and Renaissance. The rooms of painting acquaint the public with the art of the XIXth and XXth centuries.

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Exhibitions (1)

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Regular — 300 rub.
Children of 7 years and up & Students — 100 rub.

Special price for citizens of Russia & SIC countries:
Adults — 60 rub.
Children, Students, Seniors — 30 руб.

Children under 7
Museum staff

Current Exhibitions
Meeting Modigliani & Merovings' Era. One ticket to visit both exhibitions:
Regular — 160 rub.
Reduced — 80 rub.
General information (in Russian only): 203-79-98

Opening hours

Every Thursday museum is open till 9 p.m. Entrance till 8 p.m.

Museum internal and external photos (3)

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