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Museum of Russian Icons

203 Union St, Clinton, MA 01510-2903
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Fascinating history of Russian heritage for all ages!

Spent an afternoon here and looking forward to going back. Lots of religious and secular (when... read more

Reviewed 9 February 2018
Jake_MA_11
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Beverly, Massachusetts
Richest Russian Icon Collection in North America

Extremely impressed by the collection, the biggest in North America, the museum and display. The... read more

Reviewed 8 February 2018
7frances
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Montreal, Canada
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The Museum of Russian Icons was founded in 2006 as a nonprofit educational institution by Massachusetts art collector and industrialist Gordon B. Lankton. With more than 700 Russian icons and artifacts, the collection is the largest of its kind in North America, and one of the largest private collections outside Russia. Spanning six centuries, the collection includes important historical paintings dating from the earliest periods of icon "writing" to the present. The Museum facility is 16,000 square feet and comprises several galleries, research library, archive storage, conservation studio, an auditorium accommodating programs, lectures and concerts, the Russian Tea Room, terrace, and green roof.
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Reviewed 9 February 2018

Spent an afternoon here and looking forward to going back. Lots of religious and secular (when they could not do religious) paintings and pictures in a Icon method. Icons are quite intricate and each tell a story about life in Russia. Great children section as...More

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Amy C, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this reviewResponded 11 February 2018

Thank you for the kind review! The icon are a truly beautiful form of sacred art that document Russia's extensive history, and we use our special exhibitions to explore other types of Russian art and culture. Thanks for noticing the kid's corner - we try...More

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Reviewed 8 February 2018

Extremely impressed by the collection, the biggest in North America, the museum and display. The building has been restored beautifully, the display very sensitive. Too many to see and appreciate in only one visit. The temporary exhibition was also of high quality. As I do...More

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Amy C, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this reviewResponded 11 February 2018

Thank you for the kind review! We hope that you will return again soon to see all those icons you didn't get to see the first time around. Our special exhibitions change about every 3-4 months, and our upcoming show is "Rushnyky: Sacred Ukrainian Textiles."...More

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Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

This place is amazing; extremely well laid out and display are lovely. Be sure to use the listening devices. The Storytelling features are well worth listening to.

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Amy C, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this reviewResponded 11 February 2018

Thank you for the kind review! Our complimentary audio guides are always available and they offer two tours in multiple languages. We are in the process of revamping the tours, so you'll have to visit us again and tell us what you think!

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Reviewed 20 December 2017

I returned to see a Soviet art show, which is quite good, and revisited the beautiful icons. We are so lucky to have this collection in our midst. Worth a visit along with time in the town of Clinton.

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Amy C, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this reviewResponded 25 January 2018

Thank you for the review! We hope you enjoyed "Migration and Memory: Jewish Artists of the Russian and Soviet Empires." This exhibition has really allowed us to go beyond icons and explore other aspects Russian culture. Hope to see you at the Museum again soon!

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Reviewed 5 December 2017

This is a small museum that is a great place to visit if you are in the area. I live only an hour away, and wad always intrigued by this museum Russian icons? Clinton? It was well worth the trip. A beautiful, historic collection that...More

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Amy C, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2017

Thank you for the kind review Paul! We're so glad to hear that you finally made it out to us. Between the farms, conservation land, and Wachusett Dam, the road to Clinton is a beautiful one! Our special exhibitions are always changing, so we hope...More

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Reviewed 3 November 2017

Going to this museum has been on our bucket list since we're now both retired. This lovely museum in a restored mill building surprised us both by the quantity and beauty of these icons. The audio is free with admission, the staff was very kind...More

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Amy C, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2017

Thank you for the kind review! We are so happy to hear that you both were finally able to make it to the Museum. Yes, it's easy to spend an entire day here between our audio tours, docent tours, and videos. We often rotate our...More

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Reviewed 3 September 2017

Amazing display in a place you would not expect to find such treasures. I would recommend taking a tour with a docent if available as they had a lot of knowledge to pass on about the icons. Then you can go back and look more...More

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Amy C, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Thank you so much for your kind review! We agree, taking a docent tour (complimentary with admission) is a great way to view the collection. Each of our docents has a unique tour, so you can learn something new every visit.

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Reviewed 31 August 2017

I have been to this marvelous museum two times. When I rave about the place after my visit, there are always others who have yet to visit who want to go along the next time I visit. Well, this unique Museum is so well worth...More

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Amy C, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Thank you for your kind review and we're glad to hear you're a repeat visitor! Our special exhibitions change out every 3-4 months, so there's something new to see with every visit. We appreciate you spreading the word!

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Reviewed 9 August 2017

The contents of this museum are wonderful, taken one at a time. But it is really the overall experience that wowed us. There's no attempt to recreate a historically accurate environment, but the combination of the subdued lights, some of which faded from one color...More

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Amy C, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2017

Thank you for the kind review! Every element you mentioned was the vision of our Founder, Gordon B. Lankton. He wanted visitors to have the most immersive experience possible without taking away from the icons. There's still a few weeks left to view "Fantastic Beasts...More

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Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

Amazing collection of Russian icon Surprising find for small New England town Enjoyed walking through and seeing this private collection may available to the public

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Amy C, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2017

Thank you for the kind review! We're so glad you enjoyed viewing the icons - we're very grateful to our Founder for sharing his collection with us! We hope to see you again soon.

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Hello, Thank you for your interest in bringing a group here! Reservations can by made by calling 978-598-5000 during our business hours. We require a minimum of 10 people to book a tour and the fees are $9/person for adult... More
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Thank you for your inquiry. Guided tours at the Museum do not have specific start times. God willing, we have a volunteer docent at the Museum every day. If there haven't been pre-scheduled group tours for the day then the... More
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