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.
From 2 November 2015 the opening hours of the Mikhailovsky Palace and the Benois Wing on Mondays: from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Ticket-offices close 30 minutes earlier.
The Russian museum and the branches is territory free from Smoking.
1 October - 31 March the Summer Garden is open daily (except Tuesday) from 10.00 a.m. till 8.00 p.m.(entrance until 7.30 p.m.)
The Summer Palace of Peter the Great is closed for the restoration works.