Pushkin Fine Arts museum
Why the name?
The museum’s name is misleading, as it has nothing to do with the famous Russian poet. The museum initially was named Alexander III Museum of Fine Arts but in the Soviet time, its name was changed several times. In 1937 the museum was renamed to honor Pushkin in 1937 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his death.
The gallery of 19th and 20th century European and American art.
The most world-renowned masterpieces of the museum are housed in the gallery of 19th and 20th century European and American art. Here you can find works by Claude Monet, August Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso. The gallery is not that big but the selection and quality of works are amazing. The Russian collection of the Impressionist and Postimpressionist artists was shaped in the 19th century by two great art collectors Sergei Shchukin and Ivan Morozov.
The Pushkin Museum was founded by Moscow University professor Ivan Tsvetaev to house replicas of world-famous Greek and Italian sculptures. His main dream was to allow students to see the world of art under the roof of one building. All of these replicas are displayed in the main building of the Pushkin Museum. However today the highlights of your visit would be Fayum portraits, the Egyptian collection, several works by Rembrandt and other Dutch artists.
The museum visit
The museum is located next to the Kropotkinskaya metro station. The address of the main building is Volkhonka 12, the address of the Gallery of 19th and 20th is Volkhonka 14.
The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 11 AM to 8 PM, Thursday, Friday: 11 AM to 9 PM. Please note that the ticket office closes 1-hour prior to the closing time.
Each building of the museum has a separate ticket office. You may either purchase a separate ticket to one of the galleries or a combined ticket for two buildings.
We are happy to provide you with a guided tour of the museum but in this case, we need to register your visit at least one week in advance. The museum charges additional fees for guide permission.
A tour of the impressionists' collection of the museum lasts around 1 - 1,5 hours. The museum is located right opposite Christ the Savior Cathedral and we recommend visiting both sights during your Moscow tour.