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“Breathtaking!”

Museum of Russian Icons
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Clinton
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed September 3, 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 in depth at all of the displays. Amazing history!

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Amy C, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this reviewResponded October 23, 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 August 31, 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 a visit. You will positively be blown away at the beauty, history, and the vast treasures. A small tea room and a gift store just entice you to enjoy every minute of your visit. I am going again in late September of this year.

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Amy C, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this reviewResponded October 23, 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 August 9, 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 to another; the barely audible medieval chants; the deep colors of the walls; the beauty of the icons; and the thoughtfully provided magnifying glass created about two hours of a richly immersive experience for us. The special exhibit (until September 3 2017) is animals in icons--it is quite wonderful.

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Amy C, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 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 in Iconography" so please tell your friends! We hope to see you at the Museum again soon.

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Reviewed July 7, 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 July 9, 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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Reviewed June 22, 2017

Dennis took us on a 90 min tour of the museum. He had so much info he could have filled another 90 min. I never knew all the history behind it. There are several rooms there full of icons that a private collector had until his wife said he needed to find someplace to put them. I went expecting a moderately interesting time but everyone there had a great time.

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Amy C, Manager at Museum of Russian Icons, responded to this reviewResponded June 25, 2017

We're so glad to hear you had a better time than expected! We certainly have a lot of icons on display (we're the largest icon museum in North America!) and we are delighted that Dennis helped you understand the history behind these cultural treasures. We hope to see you at the Museum again!

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