Plan for the Development of the Museum Complex
The Plan for measures connected with the preparation for and celebration of the centenary of the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts provides for the creation of the "Museum Town" complex in a district set aside for this purpose. Between Bolshoi Znamenskii Lane, Znamenka St. and Volkhonka St. there are more than twenty buildings of architectural, historical and cultural significance. Within this district there are also areas where habitation levels of 14th-18th century Moscow are to be found underground. Inside the territory of "Museum Town" there are green spaces containing rare trees.
In order to resolve a range of issues concerning the interests of both the Museum and the capital as a whole, the plan for the major projects to be carried out consists of three stages involving new buildings, reconstruction and the restoration and adaptation of various existing buildings within the "Museum Town" complex.
The implementation of this Plan will increase the total area of the Museum complex to 125,000 sq.metres.
It will resolve the problem of the dire shortage of space for the Museum's repositories, its unique library, restoration workshops and also exhibitions. The buildings of the Museum complex will be supplied with modern technical and security equipment providing optimal conditions in which to house unique collections. It will be possible to increase the number of items on display several times over and to extend significantly the number of exhibitions organized. It will make it possible to admit 3 million visitors per year and to widen considerably the range of additional services provided by the Museum (information services, Museum shops, cafés, parking facilities and so on).