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.

Room 16-a. Art of the Aegean World

The items displayed in this gallery acquaint the visitor through casts and reproductions with art from the III and II millennia (the so-called Bronze Age) which existed within the territory of Greece, the islands in the Aegean Sea and the coast of Asia Minor and also with the art of the Geometric (9th - 8th centuries BC) and Archaic (7th – 6th centuries BC) periods.

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Showcase No. 1 contains copies of vessels from Ancient Troy in the north-western part of Asia Minor, which relate to the III millennium BC. These hand-moulded vessels, decorated with schematic depictions of human faces, were evidently used for cultic purposes.

The greatest cultural flowering of Bronze Age culture was achieved in the II millennium BC on the island of Crete. Showcase No. 1 contains copies of items made from coloured faiënce – ritual figurines of goddesses or priestesses and depictions of animals striking for their faithful portrayal of Nature.

The Mycenae culture existed within the territory of Greece in the middle or late II millennium BC: its centres were cities in the Peloponnese including Mycenae and Tiryns.

The electrotype copies of items worked from precious metals from the royal tombs of "gold-rich Mycenae" – funerary masks (including the so-called "Agamemnon Mask"), cups, swords and plaques (Showcases Nos. 2 and 3) provide a fairly accurate idea of the art from the mainland during the same period. Particularly interesting are the vivid scenes showing the capture and taming of wild bulls depicted in relief on two cups from Vaphio.

The 9th and 8th centuries BC – the era referred to as Homeric – were the heyday of pottery production. The world outlook peculiar to that time, steeped in religion and mystic, is reflected in the predominance of geometric decoration, to elements of which magic power was attributed. Depictions of human beings and animals were also subjected to 'geometrization'. Monumental vases (mid-8th century BC) found in Athens' Dypilon Cemetery were part of the decoration for graves of Athenian aristocrats.

The period of the 7th and 6th centuries BC in the history of Greek art was to become known as Archaic. At the end of the 7th century BC the first of the works of monumental sculpture which have survived to this day were the statue of the goddess Artemis from the island of Delos (mid-7th century BC), a statue from the island of Samos dedicated to the goddess Hera (575-550 BC) and Nike by the sculptor Archermos (c. 550 BC) depicted a winged goddess fleet of foot. Statues of youths (kouroi), like Apollo of Tenea (mid-6th century BC), used to be erected in honour of athletes who had won Panhellenic contests or hero-warriors. They could also serve as funerary monuments and as offerings to the gods.

In the last third of the 6th century BC the statues of girls (korai) were made which were found in the Athens acropolis. The statues were dedicated to Athena and they stood in front of the ancient temple, which was destroyed in 480 BC. The display includes a reproduction of one of the most striking statues, to which the name "Pensive Kora" has been given.