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Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

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Address: Volhonka St., 12, Moscow 119019, Russia
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+7 495 697-95-78
11:00 - 21:00
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Tue - Wed 11:00 - 20:00
Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (Russian: Музеи изобразительных...

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (Russian: Музеи изобразительных искусств им. А.С. Пушкина) is the largest museum of European art in Moscow, located in Volkhonka street, just opposite the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The International musical festival Svyatoslav Richter's December nights has been held in the Pushkin museum since 1981.

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts holds one of Russia's largest collections of foreign art from ancient times to the present day. Its modern presentation introduces visitors to the Museum's extensive study collections of toned plaster casts reproducing works of Graeco-Roman art, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The Museum also houses original paintings and sculpture, drawings and examples of decorative and applied art.

In the halls on the ground floor original works of art are displayed from Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece and Rome, together with European paintings ranging in date from the 8th to the 8th centuries. Two halls, known as the Italian and Greek Courtyards, contain casts. The halls on the first floor display for visitors casts of art works from Ancient Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The halls, hung with paintings, exhibit works of art from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Known for its outstanding temporary exhibitions, this museum also has an impressive permanent collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist art.

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Fabulous 19th to 21st century collection

Impressionist paintings now in an adjacent light green building on floor 2 and 3. When we visited, floor 1 had great self portraits by Morimaku.

Reviewed 20 March 2017
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

Impressionist paintings now in an adjacent light green building on floor 2 and 3. When we visited, floor 1 had great self portraits by Morimaku.

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Reviewed 13 March 2017

The part we visited was not huge but contained some very fine art, both classic and modern. Well worth a visit

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Reviewed 12 March 2017

I really liked the Pushkin Museum. It has a great collection of fine paintings by many of the most famous artists . All presented in a nice flow and easy to view arrangement. I felt the nicer pieces are on the second floor. But to be honest, it fell a bit short of the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg (but everything... More 

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Reviewed 2 March 2017

You are a paintings fan, you will see there lots of European and impressionist paintings; taking pictures is permitted, no flash Impressive, Monet, Matisse, Picasso etc and Russian painters, pretty good at portraying

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Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

This is one of Moscow's most popular museums. It is filled with Russian history. I recommend visiting here

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Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Interesting museum, resembles a lot the Met in New York. Broad spectrum of things to see. Lots of small artifacts on display.

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Reviewed 18 February 2017

It enjoyed this museum. It has a few select pieces and together with the European & American Arts Museum is worth a trip there.

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Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

It's really not clear that the impressionists and later are in a separate building next door. With, of course, its own entrance charge. This building houses a museum of artefacts from the ancient world up to Dutch paintings of the Golden Age. There is a generous helping of Rembrandts. But the most famous items are next door and it is... More 

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Reviewed 14 February 2017

We are not polished art connoisseurs, but this museum has full-sized amazing reproductions of all the greatest art works. It was like finding a treasure of all the famous art works collected together in one museum. Amazing! I only wish my kids had been with me to experience it all, as well. What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon---out... More 

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Reviewed 1 February 2017

The vast variety of paintings is mind blowing, Picasso, Monet Degas, the whos who of world famous Russian and European paintings. I could have stayed there for days. hardest painter to find in Russia was Kandinsky. You will not be disappointment.

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