Russia’s capital, a stunningly beautiful city of Moscow, has a lot to offer. One of the highlights of it’s cultural life are the museums. Here are several of them that you should definitely visit.
The State Tretyakov Gallery
This world-famous museum is considered to be one of Moscow’s must see places not for nothing. It’s impressive collection has more that 17 000 pieces and is divided in two different sections.
The first one is located at Lavrushinsky Lane, in the historical building that housed the collection of P.M.Tretyakov even when he was alive. There visitors can see the masterpieces of Russian art from the 11th till the early 20th century. It has mosaics, ancient icons, landscapes, portraits of royalty and many more. The works of Andrei Rublev, Alexander Ivanov, Surikov, Vereshchagin, Repin, Serov and other famous artists can be found here.
The second part of the collection is referred to as the New Tretyakov. It’s building stands on the Krymsky Val, near the Church of Christ The Saviour. It’s permanent exhibition is compiled from the artworks of the 20th century. All the diversity of Russian artistic scene in this turbulent time can be seen there, from the political works of the painters loyal to the government, to the experimental pieces of the free-spirited young authors.
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
This Moscow’s biggest museum of Western art began as a museum of copies in 1912. At the time not many had a chance to see the masterpieces of European genius artists, and the Pushkinskiy Museum became the easiest way for students of fine arts, art historians, and other people to access those artworks and see them with their own eyes. It exhibits the life-size copies of greek art and architecture, medieval sculptures, byzantine mosaics, even has a whole room dedicated to Michelangelo. Nowadays it also houses a marvellous collection of original artworks. If you are there, make sure to visit the Egyptian rooms that have ritual items, sarcophagi, jewelry, and weapons. In this museum you can also find a display of ancient artefacts from Troy, as well as the works of later masters such as Botticelli, Tiepolo, Veronese, and Rembrandt.
Right next to the main building there is the collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings that has some of the most significant masterpieces in the world.
Multimedia Art Museum or Moscow House of Photography
This museum started as a museum of photography but quickly became home for the contemporary art of all forms. It is famous for it’s amazing temporary exhibitions that feature the works of not only the most fascinating Russian artists but also of the most important contemporary artists from all over the world. Usually they host several exhibitions at once so you’ll have a great time exploring different sides of art without getting bored.
The museum also became the base for School of Photography and Multimedia Rodchenko, which make it’s building a holy place for modern art lovers and students.
Another great thing about the museum is that they have good and very affordable tours in English for foreign guests.
Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture
Another urban gemstone for the ones interested in contemporary art. It is located right in the city centre, in gorgeous Gorky Park. Their new building is a place where you can catch the shows of the most interesting artists of our time and various events for all categories of people. They have many workshops and lectures, as well as special programs for the kids.
Another highlight is their bookshop and library, where you can find the best literature on art history. They also have their own publishing house and they print many influential works of artists, critics, and at historians.
Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre
This museum opened in 2012 in a spacious constructivist building and quickly became one of the most influential museums in Moscow. With their permanent exposition on the culture and history of the Jewish people, unique temporary exhibitions, and a cinema this place can provide a well-rounded educational experience as well as a good entertainment.
What is unusual about their way to deliver information is that they, unlike many other museums, strongly encourage direct contact with artworks. Visitors can even touch the pieces in their possession, which promotes a closer engagement with art.
Since many people who go there are of the jewish roots, they offer excursions not only in Russian and English, but also in Hebrew.