Main Building

Opening hours   Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday: 11 AM to 8 PM
Ticket office: 11 AM to 7 PM (last tickets sold at 7 p.m.)
    Thursday, Friday: 11 AM to 9 PM
Ticket office: 11 AM to 8 PM (last tickets sold at 8 p.m.)
Closed   Monday
Answerphone   +7 (495) 697-79-98 (Russian only)
Additional information   +7 (495) 697-95-78 (Russian only)
Excursion office   +7 (495) 697-74-15 (Russian only)
Address   Moscow, Russia, Volkhonka 12
Nearest metro stations   Metro Stations Kropotkinskaya, Borovitskaya, Lenin Library

Entrance fee

Combined tickets*:

  • Main building, 19th and 20th century European and American Art Gallery: 600 rubles / 400 rubles reduced fee

*valid for the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions (except those to wich tickets should be purchased separately), tickets are valid for 2 days.

The Art of Ancient EgyptThe Art of the Ancient Near EastAncient Troy and SchliemannAntique Art. Cyprus, Ancient Greece, Etruria and Ancient RomeThe Art of the Northern Black Sea RegionHellenistic and Roman Egypt, Coptic ArtByzantine Art. Italian Art of the 13th to 16th centuriesThe Art of Germany and the Netherlands. 15th-16th centuriesThe Art of Flanders. 17th centuryRembrandt and his SchoolDutch Art of the 17th centuryThe Greek CourtyardThe Italian Courtyard

Most of the ground floor contains original works of art. Here you will find the rooms of Ancient Egypt, ancient civilizations, antique originals, the collection of European painting from thirteenth to eighteenth century, and also two rooms of plaster casts, the Greek and Italian cortyards.

Collection of Plaster Cast Reproductions

The creators of this Museum envisaged it as a temple to the Muses, which would provide an idea of the classic periods of world art. The façade of the building is embellished by an Ionic colonnade based on the proportions of the famous Erechteion temple on Athen's acropolis. The sculpted frieze on the attic storey is the work of the St. Peterburg sculptor, G.R.Zaleman and depicts a scene from the Olympic Games. On the walls of the Museum behind the exterior colonnade there is a second frieze: in this the German sculptor, K. Armbruster has reproduced parts of the composition from the Panathenaic frieze in another renowned Ancient Greek temple – the Parthenon.

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As visitors come into the Museum, they find themselves in a rather dark entrance hall containing large Egyptian columns, which gives way to the majestic sweep of the grand staircase faced with pink marble and complete with monolith columns with bronze capitals. After the staircase there follows the White Hall, filled with natural light, which presents as a two-tier basilica containing Corinthian columns. The picturesque frieze behind the columns of the grand staircase was executed by the artists I.I.Nivinskii and K.P. Stepanov and based on motifs drawn from the vase-painting of Ancient Greece. The Museum has been designed to embody enlightenment through art. The Greek inscriptions on the entablature of the colonnade of the grand staircase read: "To know beauty is the finest thing in life" or "Art is a refuge for men in misfortune".

The halls on each side of the entrance are the so-called Greek and Italian Courtyards. These immediately give the beholder an idea of what the Museum's collection of casts has to offer and, also, of its main sections devoted to Classical art, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.


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Japanese prints of the 18th-19th century

Patrons of the New Art

Gallery of 19th and 20th century European and American Art

German Prints: Albrecht Dürer and his Teachers

Official online shop

Department of Private Collections

Ivan Tsvetaev Educational Art Museum at Russian State University for the Humanities

Site under development

Виртуальные прогулки по музею

Coins And Medals Department

Sviatoslav Richter Memorial Apartment

Технология виртуальной реальности VR

Museum Restoration and Conservation Department

Italian Painting in 8th-20th centuries

Музей. Пространство внимания

Museyon Center for Aesthetic Education

Masterpieces of Ancient Art

Человек как птица. Образы путешествий

18th-19th Century British Engraving

Restoration of Egyptian burial shroud. II-nd c. AD.

The State Museum of the Modern Western Art

Engraving in Russia in 18th and Early 19th Centuries

Museum Quarter

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