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 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.
24 July 2015, due to the protocol event of the Preliminary Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in St. Petersburg, the Mikhailovsky Palace and the Mikhailovsky Garden are closed.
Sorry for the temporary inconveniences
1 May - 30 September the Summer Garden is open daily (except Tuesday) from 10.00 a.m. till 10.00 p.m.(entrance until 9.30 p.m.)
The Summer Palace of Peter the Great is closed for the restoration works.
The opening of the "GEORG BASELITZ. HOW IT BEGAN… Paintings and graphical works of the last twenty years" exhibition at 4 p.m.