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Ethnographic Museum

Highlights / General details

The Russian Museum is the first state museum of Russian fine arts in the country. It was established in 1895 in St Petersburg by a decree of the Emperor Nicholas II. Its grand opening for visitors occurred on March 19 (March 7, the Old Style) 1898.

The exhibition shows customs and traditions of the peoples of the former Soviet Union through folk art, national dress and various farming and craft paraphernalia. The Museum of Ethnography has a Special Treasury with the collection of gold and silver folk jewelry, church utensils and other precious items. The Marble Hall with its upper galleries can seat up to 400 pax for catered dinner with folkloric entertainment.

The Russian Museum today is a unique depository of artistic treasures, a famous restoration centre, an authoritative institute of academic research, one of the major cultural and educational centers in Russia, and a research and instructional centre of art museums of the Russian Federation, overseeing activities of 260 art museums in Russia.


Entrance Fees, Guided Tour (Languages available: English, French, German, Spanish and Italian), Taxes and Transportation (From selected hotels).

Hours of operation

Available daily, except Mondays; Open: 10:00am - 5:00pm.


Approximately 3 hours.


Ethnographic Museum - University Embankment, 3, St Petersburg, Russia, 199034.


There is a minimum of 2 passengers required per booking.

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